Steps to Self-employment

Welcome to the Creative Connections Blog, a place to find out the latest course info for the 'Steps to Self-Employment' programme at Wolverhampton Adult Education Service. Find useful links to support and information for freelance artists as well as links to Wolverhampton's cultural scene.

The image above shows a detail of a painting by Steve Edwards from our recent exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery, which also featured, Paula Kovacs, Sharon Samuel David Morrin and Ruth Watkins.

Monday, 16 December 2013

STEPS Showcase exhibition - opens on the 21st January at the Foyer Building

You are cordially invited to attend a private view of:

STEPS Showcase 2014

at the Foyer Building exhibition space
City Learning Quarter
Old Hall Street Wolverhampton (opposite Sainsbury's) WV1 3AU
on Tuesday 21st of January 2014 from 6-8pm


Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to purchase new work by regional artists.     

The exhibition showcases the work of nine new or emerging creative businesses based in the West Midlands. The creative businesses featured in the show include Fine Art, Architectural illustration, Ceramics, Jewellery, T-Shirts, Crafts and Photo-imaging.

The private view provides a special opportunity to buy original art and crafts and discuss commissions and services directly with the artists and businesses.

 Daniel Preece


Opening Times:
Monday – Thursdays 9-7.30pm
Fridays 9-4pm

The exhibition continues until Monday 24th February 2014

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Survival Skills for Creative Business - enrolling now for February 2014

Steps to Self-employment

Survival skills for creative businesses

Glass Jewellery by Designer Maker
Charlotte Clark participant
in the course 2012

Wolverhampton Adult Education Service offers a unique programme for artists and Creative Businesses.

Steps to Self-employment aims to equip artists with the essential skills to help them make a living. During the course you will be encouraged to explore ways of working as an artist and hone the following skills;
  • Confidence in talking about your work and approaching and negotiating with organisations
  •  Compiling a CV
  • Understanding pricing, invoicing and tax
  •  Identifying promotional tools including social networking
  • Seeking opportunities
  • How to capitalise on local knowledge and resources

All this is done in a friendly and supportive environment where you can meet like-minded people. 

Who can take part?

It is suitable for people with creative skills working in a variety of disciplines. This has included painting, photography, storytelling, music,poetry, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, animation, film-making, illustration and many more. Participants are normally graduates in their art form or have considerable experience of their discipline area.

What does the course involve?

The sessions will incorporate seminars with group discussion, individual tasks and visiting speakers. There’s an opportunity to participate in a showcase event in February or May 2014.

For more than a decade the course has supported many artists making their first steps into self-employment or arts related employment, for example; selling work through craft fairs and exhibitions, working in schools, arts and health, gallery education work, arts development, public art commissions and community arts.

Artists and businesses who complete the course successfully, benefit from increased confidence and direction and a ‘Toolkit’ to assist them in the development of their career.

Course dates and costs:

The next course starts on Tuesday the 25th February 2014 from 1-3pm at Bilston Craft Gallery.

The course runs for 15 weeks and costs £108, if you are in receipt of JSA (Job Seekers Allowance) or Work related ESA (Employment Support Allowance) you will be exempt from fees. There are also discretionary discounts for learners on benefits who are seeking employment.

If you have any questions about the course contact Moya Lloyd via email: . For details of how to enrol telephone the Adult Education Service on 01902 558180 or refer to the website: How do I enrol?

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Showcase exhibition opening at First Floor Gallery at Bilston Craft Gallery 22nd May 2013

                                         Zarina Keyani Cedar Forest

                                          Jewellery by Suki Bassi

                                          painting by Daryl White

                                                  Clare Sherwen No3 Twisting upwards

You are cordially invited to attend a private view of;

The Creative Connections Showcase 2013

at the First Floor Gallery, Bilston Craft Gallery,
Mount Pleasant, Bilston WV14 7LU
on Wednesday 22nd of May 2013 from 4.30-6.30

Please join us for
light refreshments and a chance to see and purchase new work by local artists.
Featuring work by Suki Bassi, Zarina Keyani, Daryl White, Neil Snook and Clare Sherwen
Work on display includes printmaking, painting and jewellery.

The exhibition continues until Saturday 22nd June 2013

Opening Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am -7pm
Friday 10-1pm
Saturday 11-4pm.
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank holidays

Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Print Room Exhibition

monoprint by Luane Steele

The Print Room Exhibition       
23rd April – 7th June 2013

featuring work by Julia Foster, Sarah James, Tosca Lahiri, Moya Lloyd, Brian Mclaughlin, Margaret Richmond, Bridget Robertson, Luane Steele and Ann Walker

at the Foyer Building exhibition space, City Learning Quarter, Old Hall Street in Wolverhampton (opposite Sainsbury's). 

The exhibition showcases the work of eight artists who have taken part in the Printmaking course taking place at Wolverhampton Adult Education Service with tutor Ann Walker. The techniques they have used include linocut, monoprint, photograms, Chine-colle, sunprints, collagraph and mixed media combination prints. The work explores memories, history and poetry with artists using layering and a variety of experimental processes, giving intriguing insights into their autobiographies.

The exhibition continues until the 7th of June.  It is open from Monday to Thursday from 9am – 8pm and Fridays from 9am –4pm with the exception of Half Term week beginning 27th May when it will be open Monday to Friday from 9-4pm.

Monday, 11 March 2013

The Library of Lost Books: Get Involved!

The Library of Lost Books: Get Involved!: The Library of Lost Books currently receives no cash funding. So, to get our lovely, old and rather decrepit books magically transformed and...