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.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Are you a Creative Business looking for support with Social Media Marketing?

Are you running or thinking about setting up your own business in a creative area?

Are you self-employed?

Wolverhampton Adult Education Service are running a course for artists and other creative businesses who want to find out how to promote themselves for free using Social Media.

An introduction to Social Media will include an overview of the most widely used forms of Social Media including; how to showcase your work on social media, setting up a business page on Facebook and networking on Twitter

The course runs for 10 weeks (3 hours per week) and includes advice from expert speakers as well as a chance to get hands on with setting up their Social Media accounts.
Guest speakers include; Rebekah HarrimanSarah Stokes and Jacqui Dodds.

An introduction to Social Media will take place at The Maltings, Herbert Street, WV1 1NQ Wolverhampton  for 10 weeks. 

Next course dates: 
To be confirmed - will be starting from October 2015

The course costs £108. It is free for learners who are unemployed and in receipt of JSA or ESA (working related element). 

For further information contact Moya Lloyd via email: 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Support for Artists & Creative Businesses in Wolverhampton

Steps to Self-Employment

Are you running or thinking about setting up your own business in a creative area?
Are you self-employed?

"This course has been a lifeline for me. From my very first session I have gone away with practical advice and goal orientated structure. I've enjoyed meeting other creative people (undertaking the course and as guest lecturers) and feeling the sense of connection..."
Suki Bassi Artist July 2013

“[the course has given me] confidence and support. I’ve increased my prices and looked at my business to see how I can improve it”
Clare Sherwen Printmaker and Fine Artist, Clare’s Prints July 2013

Course details

‘Steps to Self-Employment’ aims to equip creative businesses with the essential skills to help them make a living. During the course you will be encouraged to explore ways of working as a freelancer and develop the skills needed for freelance working including;

-Building confidence in talking about your work and approaching and negotiating with organisations

-Understanding pricing, invoicing and tax

-Identifying promotional tools including social networking

-Seeking opportunities

-How to capitalise on local knowledge and resources

-Organising and presenting your work as part of a showcase exhibition 

Our next course starts in September 2015 at The Maltings, Herbert Street, Wolverhampton.

Course requirements

Learners would be expected to have considerable experience in their area of practice/business.
Learners should also have IT skills including word processing and the use of email and Internet.

What are the benefits of this course?

Participants will be able to build their confidence as freelancers and creative businesses and gain an insight into ways of working and opportunities available within the West Midlands region.

There will be an opportunity to present work as part of a course showcase taking place at the Foyer building at Wolverhampton City Learning Quarter.

Learners will be able to network with other artists and creative businesses as well as a variety of arts professionals who will deliver talks during the course.

How will I learn?

Sessions include group seminars, one to one tutorials, visiting speakers and visits. Some sessions will include working on computers. During the course learners will undertake a series of course assignments and tasks including a weekly progress diary, compiling statement about your work, completing a SWOT analysis and compiling an action plan.

Learners will also be expected to prepare and install their work as part of the course showcase exhibition as well as contributing to the organising and marketing of this event.

How will my progress be monitored and assessed?

The course tutor will provide written and verbal feedback on course assignments.

In additional to the learning aims and objectives of the course, learners will set their personal learning goals at the beginning of the course and progress towards achieving these will be regularly reviewed.

The course is non-accredited

How much does it cost?

Each course runs for 10 weeks for 2 hours per week.
Learners will be expected to mount their work to a professional standard for the course showcase event. This may be associated with additional costs for example the mounting and framing of work where relevant.
Learners in receipt of Job Seekers allowance or Employment Support Allowance (working related) will be exempt from fees.

What will I be able to do after this course?

Learners will be able to operate on a freelance basis, including promoting their business, approaching organisations and networking.

How do I find out more?

For further info contact Moya Lloyd via email at or call Creative Studies on 01902 558164.