The Point plays host to beneficial arts advisory service
Advisory discussion

Free surgery sessions run by Eastleigh Borough Council for Winchester-based artists will now continue in the city’s ArtCafé in Jewry Street on a monthly basis until February 2017.

Winchester City Council has appointed the Creative Eastleigh team to provide this free advisory service at the cafe while longer sessions with an advisor can be arranged at one of the Creative Eastleigh hubs: - The Point, The Sorting Office or Tec Hub.

The next surgery is on Thursday 26 May from 9 am to 1 pm, but you will need to pre-book an appointment.

If you are a creative business based in the Winchester area, or are thinking of setting one up, the Arts Advisory Service can assist with professional development. Topics covered include business plans, cash flow forecasts, marketing and communications, both on and off line.

Specialised advice is also available on publishing work, approaching agents, writing grant applications and funding advice, networking and finding opportunities to showcase work.

The service does not critique work, but aims to support artists in their journey to becoming sustainable and profitable businesses.

Creative genres applicable for the service can include fine-art, textiles, graphic design, dance, theatre, film, video games, music, media, sculpture, jewellery, poetry or new writing.

Local artist Lucy McLoughlin, who has benefited from the service said:

"I found the Arts Advisory Service incredibly helpful.

"As an artist, I often work on my own so to be able to meet up with Sacha and Paul and to discuss my work and ideas was invaluable.

"It was informative, encouraging and inspiring and it really helped me to focus. It also made me more confident. I am very grateful and I feel lucky to have this service right at my doorstep."

Kate Cloud, Winchester City Council’s Head of Economy and Arts added:

“We are delighted to be continuing our support for this service which gives our artistic community practical encouragement.”

To find the dates of all the sessions and an application form please see the Winchester City Council web page www.winchester.gov.uk/community/arts/new-arts-advisory-service/.