Experience

Book your place by calling us on 01529 308710
Fri 2 May 2014
8am-6pm
Thrive Go See: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Design Factory
Thrive Go See: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Join us for an inspiring research and development day trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The park, which is set in 500 acres on the Bretton Estate, is a centre of international importance for the production, exhibition and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. It includes four gallery spaces, a contemporary shop, restaurant and café.
Design Factory members £10, non-Design Factory members £15. Booking required. Adult/Designers/Artists/Makers
For A Adults
First Tuesday of each month:6 May 2014
18:30-21:00
Hub Writers/Unplugged
Hub Writers/Unplugged
The café and workshop are brought to life for an evening of creativity, music, performance, and the Unplugged musicians make NCCD their home.
Free, everyone welcome
For F Families , A Adults , YA Young Adults (16+yrs)
12 May 2014 1–5pm
45 Minute Slots
Thrive: Portfolio Review
Design Factory
If you are a designer maker seeking critical feedback on your current work or a recent graduate seeking guidance about your development as a creative practitioner, then book a free 45 minute one-to-one session with our resident craft and design experts. 14th of April-FULLY BOOKED
Free
For A Adults
Sat 24 May 2014
10am-4pm
Keep Calm and Carry Yarn
Our annual celebration
Keep Calm and Carry Yarn
Our annual celebration of all things woolly is back! Explore the displays and activities and join in with a range of Make & Take workshops and gallery activities led throughout the day by contemporary designer/makers. There will also be demonstrations from spinners, weavers, knitters and more! Look out for full details nearer the time. If you are a maker, seller, or member of a local knitting or textile group and you would like to be involved in this special event, please contact emma@nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk or call 01529 308710. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone offering workshops, demonstrations, or social crafting sessions
Free, everyone welcome
For F Families , A Adults , YA Young Adults (16+yrs) , YP Young People (11-16yrs) , C Children (6-10yrs) , YC Young Children (0-5yrs)
9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September
1 – 5pm
Portfolio Reviews
Design Factory Thrive
If you are a designer maker seeking critical feedback on your current work or if you are a recent graduate seeking guidance about your development as a creative practitioner then this is for you! Book a 45 minute one-to-one session with one of Design Factory’s resident craft and design experts and receive advice on product development and exhibiting / selling work.
Free
For A Adults
Monday 16 June
1pm-3.30pm
Pricing
Design Factory Thrive
This workshop take place at Ferrers Gallery Are you confused over working out your pricing structure for retail and trade? Do you wish you knew what RRP, SOR and wholesale meant? Would you like to know how to increase profit and add value to your work? Then this workshop is for you. Run by Rachael Chambers owner of Ferrers Gallery and Contemporary Craft Editor of craft&design magazine this workshop will help all those who need clarity on the puzzling nature of pricing. Facilitator: Rachael Chambers
Cost: DF members – free, non-DF members - £15 / £12 concession
For A Adults
Tuesday 8 July
1.30-4.30pm
Business & Marketing Troubleshooting
Design Factory Thrive
Join us for this talk and discussion session which will allow you to draw upon Pete Mosley’s considerable experience of working with creative businesses. Pete will give a short talk to provide an overview of creative business and marketing issues and then it’s over to you to discuss. Have your specific business and marketing questions answered by one of Thrive’s most popular facilitators. Facilitator: Pete Mosley
Cost: DF members – free, non-DF members - £15 / £12 concession
For A Adults
Friday 18 July
From 7am, leaving waterperry at 6pm
Art in Action visit
Design Factory Thrive
Join us for an inspiring research and development day trip to Art in Action, taking place at Waterperry House & Gardens in Oxfordshire. Art in Action welcomes approximately 25,000 people over four days. Visitors come to learn, buy and enjoy the exhibitions, classes and performances of 400 demonstrating artists, designer makers, teachers, musicians and performers. Disciplines represented include painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery. The coach will leave the NCCD at 7am with pick up points in Newark and Leicester en route. It will leave Waterperry at 6pm.
Cost includes coach travel and one day entry ticket (worth £15). Cost: DF members – £20, non-DF members - £25
For A Adults
Tuesday 19 August
1.30 – 4.30pm
Google+ and YouTube
Design Factory Thrive
This workshop takes place at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln Google+ launched on the 28th June 2011 as has quickly become the second largest social network behind Facebook. With seamless integration into other Google products such as GMail, Google Calendar, Google Analytics and especially Google Search it is becoming a must know for individuals and businesses alike. People searching for "things" on the internet often use YouTube as their first point of search. So much so that YouTube is actually the second largest search site behind Google. Learn how both of these platforms can be used to promote your business and grow your online community, taking advantage of simple tips from Zaddle Internet Marketing, and making the most out of many features available in Google+. Facilitator: Liam Lally
Cost: DF members – free, non-DF members - £15 / £12 concession
For A Adults
Wednesday 24 September
10am – 4pm
International Working
Design Factory Thrive
Are you a creative practitioner who would like to learn more about international working? This session will feature case studies from a range of Design Factory members who collectively have recent experience of exhibiting and selling overseas, international residencies, training and cultural exchange projects. There will also be an overview of the support available to designer makers who are investigating new overseas markets for their work. Facilitator: Design Factory
Free
For A Adults
Wednesday 27 August
10am – 4pm
Creative Business Planning
Design Factory Thrive
This workshop takes place at the Portfolio Innovation Centre, Northampton This popular workshop will explore different ways of planning ahead, and will help you decide whether a formal business plan is right for you, or whether a more creative and flexible approach to planning will work best. You will get a workpack which will help you devise a personal approach to planning that really suits you and your creative practice. The workshop is designed for people at all career stages – the thinking and discussion will work for you regardless of whether you are a start up or a mature business. You will be encouraged to think both strategically and tactically – where do you want to be in 3-5 years – and what actions do you need to start taking now in order to get there? You will come away with a much clearer idea of where you are heading, a personal action plan with clear goals and milestones, and a visual timeline. Facilitator: Pete Mosley
Cost: DF members – free, non-DF members - £25 / £22 concession
For A Adults
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