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workshops

Introduction to Freelancing in the Arts: 5 hours in length including breaks.
This workshop is devised for early career arts freelancers and is divided into four themed sessions:

1.     Work: finding it, keeping it, increasing it.

2.     Money: invoicing, expenses, fees, tax.

3.     Managing yourself: workload, work strategies, deadlines, delivering.

4.     Well-being: common anxieties, time off, self-care for freelancers.

This workshop can be comfortably delivered for groups of up to 20 and is ideal for early career freelancers, career changes, recent graduates, or those looking to make a transition into full-time freelancing. The focus is on arts freelancing but the bulk of the tips and strategies can be applied to any type of freelance work. All that’s required for delivery of workshop is desk space for the class and a screen or projector to connect to my laptop. Contact me at greg.thorpe@icloud.com for further info. Testimonials:

”Offered a perfect portal to a new way of working and was well-pitched for anyone at any career point trying to access freelance life.”

”Excellently planned and executed. Super accessible and filled with amazing tips packed into a succinct timeframe.”

“The workshop has given me brilliant advice to implement in my daily practice.”

I can also help you to devise and deliver other kinds of workshops for your group or workplace. Previous examples include:

Assessing the need/desire for an LGBT+/Queer Film Festival for Manchester. 
Manchester Metropolitan University, May 2018.
I devised, curated and hosted this 4 hour workshop for Manchester Metropolitan University, with three special guest speakers and 20 attendees in which we discussed existing models of queer film festivals, the role of the queer film festival in community and activist work, and ways this might be brought into existence for Manchester.

LGBT+/Queer Research & Policy Showcase.
Manchester Metropolitan University, Feb 2018.
I facilitated a knowledge-sharing session between academics from Manchester Metropolitan University and policy makers from Manchester City Council, the GMCA and key LGBT+ charities to share the focus of their work with a view to finding common ground and future strategic opportunities.

I’m always learning, and I enjoyed attending these workshops and developmental courses:

Critical Art Writing Development Workshop with Laura Roberston, Editor of The Double Negative, Jan 2019.
As part of my new role writing for art journal The Fourdrinier, I was able to take part in this genius workshop with talented writer/editor Laura and my fellow writers. Really smart and useful writing / editing strategies, along with some challenging group crits, which got me fully psyched up for my new writing challenge.

Flashmob Collective, with Avram Finkelstein, HOME, Nov 2018.
Artist, educator, member of the SILENCE = DEATH collective, and Gran Fury, and ACT UP New York activist, Avram Finkelstein led a day-long ‘flash collective’, an experiment in political art-making that resulted in a digital intervention in the screens at the HOME foyer. Our resulting work was entitled Body Language (see left). “We all have a BODY in common. Is yours legal, desirable, sick, sexy, legislated against, celebrated, fetishised, HIV positive, enough?”

Introduction to Performance, Portico Library, Jan 2018.
I attended this exciting workshop by artist Nicola Dale on tips and strategies for beginning performance work.