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Chip In – Workshop with Gwen Van Spijk

The third mystery strand to Spud Collective has been revealed! CHIP IN is a programme of workshops and seminars led by art professionals, on all sorts of things we as artists need help on! We think it’s important to get 1 on 1 support as well as group discussion, so this one is all about professionalising your practise, and getting funding; led by the very knowledgable (and lovely!) Gwen Van Spijk. The very first Chip In has been funded by and designed in collaboration with the St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts in association with Spud Collective.

WHERE: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

WHEN: 16 June 11am until 5pm

WHO’S IT FOR: The workshop is suitable for artists working in visual arts, crafts, live performance and related disciplines who live in Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire), the City of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire . This is a professional development workshop for early career artists on how best to fulfil their potential and establish a viable business out of their art.


Topics we will look at include

  • Key factors to consider when setting up and developing a company or career as an independent artist
  • Accessing funding and making a strong case for support
  • Building effective working relationships
  • Avoiding common and not so common pitfalls in running a company/career as an independent artist

The day will be a combination of presentations, case studies, individual and small group exercises and discussion; and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

At the end of the day participants will have an action plan for how to move forward from their current position.

The workshop is delivered by Gwen Van Spijk; an independent producer, mentor and consultant with a 25-year history of working in arts management that has included working with independent artists and companies on day to day management and long term development; strategic initiatives for major institutions; and producing one-off projects for landmark cultural events.


The St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts is a registered charity, formed in 1991. Since 1992 we have made over 100 awards to artists and arts organisations in the City of Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire). We are committed to supporting highest standards of arts practice in our area through provision of an annual Award programme and development workshops. Visit their website here



HOW CAN I BOOK: Places are available from Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Box Office from Friday 12th May. Places are limited, so we ask for £5 when you book, and you’ll get it back when you come on the day. We will unfortunately have to limit spaces to 2 per company, just so everyone who wants to come can!

Please email spudcollective@gmail.com for any questions. Big thank you to St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts for funding this workshop.

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