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NN Associates Programme



The NN Associates programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. Our Associates Programme diversifies future workforce through the development of business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills that open up to routes and avenues for those looking to develop careers in the Arts.

The programme is now open for applications and will take place between August and December 2022.

Closing date for applications: Monday 8th August 2022.

As a member of the programme you will:

Undertake a development session to talk about yourself to find out more about your interests and set goals for the programme.

Develop a learning plan to outline key goals designed to help you find work opportunities at the end of the programme.

Attend at least 6 online talks and seminars from industry professionals to:
-Find out more about the arts and cultural sector from established industry professionals.
– Learn more about developing careers, applications and networks in the arts to kickstart your career or develop your confidence.

Work alongside NN Contemporary to:
– Develop your own self-managed projects to explore more of what you want to do and contribute to the gallery programme.
– Undertake Arts Award, if you choose to, to develop qualifications and understanding.
– Work as part of the NN team to get a better understanding of roles within the arts and develop your skills.

Each participant within the scheme will be expected to undertake a minimum of 48 hours development, equating to approximately 4 hours per week.

This is a combination of organised sessions and self-managed time so the programme can work flexibly for you.

The programme is fully funded and therefore places are free but limited.

This programme is intended for people living in South East Midlands area, that is Northamptonshire, Luton, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes, and for those unemployed or not in full time education. However, applicants who this does not apply to will be considered.

To apply please complete the application form and return to us so we can set up a conversation to find out more about the you.

NN Cotemporary Art, Northampton

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Deptford X seeks new chair of the board


Deptford X is recruiting a new Chair of the board 

Deptford X is looking to recruit a new Chair of our board to help lead the organisation and support the team to meet the organisation’s ambitions and strategic aims.  In addition to general Trustee responsibilities the Chair will hold the Board and Director to account in upholding the Deptford X mission and vision, providing inclusive leadership to the Board and ensuring that each Trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of Deptford X.

The Chair will ensure that the Board functions as a unit and works closely with the Director and team to achieve agreed objectives.

They will act as an ambassador and be the public face of Deptford X in partnership with the Director.

Deptford X

Deptford X is London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival. It was launched in 1998 as a free, annual, artist-led festival based in and around Deptford, South East London.

Now in its third decade, the festival has reinforced its aim to nurture the creativity on its doorstep through increasing opportunities to take part and presenting challenging and exciting art alongside some of the most creative talent living and working in the area.



Image Credit: Sophie Mallett, 'Lol, sploot, blep, blop, bork', 2018, installation view at Deptford X 2019, photo by Tim Bowditch 

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Reaching New Audiences: Social Media and Exhibition Strategies for Artists


Reaching New Audiences: Social Media and Exhibition Strategies for Artists

Reaching New Audiences: Social Media and Exhibition Strategies for Artists


A professional development event for artists focusing on two key aspects of successful self marketing: social media and exhibition strategies.

The day will be split into two parts, either side of lunchtime. Tickets may be purchased for either both parts, or just Part One.

Part One, Presentations:

To begin, Emma Walker, Communications Manager at Parker Harris, will take you through how social media can be utilised by artists and creatives to reach new and diverse audiences. The presentation will look specifically at social media as a tool for engaging collectors whilst exploring how relationships built through social media channels can serve as a foundation for new collaborations and exhibition opportunities.

Subsequently, Emma Parker and Penny Harris, founding partners of Parker Harris, will share their experience and knowledge as regards best practice for artists. They will discuss all aspects necessary for the building and maintenance of a professional and successful artistic career. Topics covered will include:

talking about your work

sourcing and taking best advantage of exhibiting opportunities

pricing your work

gallery representation


Part Two, Surgeries:

After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in two separate one-to-one surgeries. Each surgery will last 20 minutes and will be led by a member of the Parker Harris team. One surgery will focus on social media, the other on exhibition strategies: both surgeries will function as mini mentoring sessions, providing each attendee with advice and guidance tailored to their own artistic practice.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available throughout the day - these will be provided free of charge. There will be a break for lunch (12:45 - 1:30pm). There is an onsite cafe at Drawing Projects UK, Miranda's coffee shop or other cafes, pubs and restaurants within walking distance.

This event is taking place in conjunction with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018, currently on display at Drawing Projects UK (until Friday 26th April).

Tickets £30-£50


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Date And Time

Tue, 9 April 2019


Drawing Projects UK

Bridge House

10 Stallard Street

Trowbridge BA14 9AE

BA14 9AE





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