NeA Training is Now Available from BVSNW!

NeA Training now available from BVSNW!
Thanks to a £20,000 training grant awarded by the Arts Council of Wales, the Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales are pleased to announce a new programme of professional development opportunities for Black and Minority Ethnic artists and creatives in Wales.
The NeA (Nea Ananse) programme will host over 10 courses delivered by highly trained experts from organisations such as Arts & Business Cymru, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Creative and Cultural Skills Wales.
Courses will focus on Networking – Finance – Leadership – Event Planning – Time Management – Pitching – Exhibiting – Marketing – Sponsorship – Business Planning.This grant means that BVSNW can offer courses at a flat fee of £20 saving participants potentially hundreds of pounds.
The first 3 courses to take place are:
‘Networking For Creatives’ led by Melaneia Warwick on Friday 4th May 9:30am – 3pm atthe National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, SA1 3RD
Course Outline:
Networking is not just about giving out lots of business cards and attending lots of networking meetings. It’s much more interesting than that! The definition and application of networking has grown: face-to-face networking, online networking, unplanned networking (it’s what you do everyday!). In this one day workshop we will explore what networking is and how you can use it to grow your business. The focus will be on fun and engaging exercises that make use of your creative skills. You will go away with some extra networking tools and an increase in your confidence to be able to use them.
‘Finance 4 Freelance Creatives’ led by Sian Gale on Friday 11th May 9:30am – 3pm atColeg Harlech WEA, Harlech, LL57 2JA
Course Outline:
Get your finances under control and learn how to organise for the future! This one day workshop will be held in a relaxed atmosphere with a maximum of 12 delegates, allowing time for questions and networking. We aim to provide a good understanding of the financial implications of working on a freelance or self employed basis. If you don’t mind your own business – who will? You will cover:
  • Tax doesn’t have to be taxing – what you need to know!
  • Top Tips on expenses – what you can and can’t claim!
  • Keeping records – not as scary as you might think!

‘Unlocking the Secrets Behind Residencies & Grants’ led by Ivy Alvarez on Tuesday 15thMay 10am – 3pm at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, SA1 3RD 2JA
Course Outline:

Residencies and grants are highly sought-after by artists and creatives, since it enables them to take time out to focus on their art. This workshop helps you to:
  • Get over the fear of the application form
  • Write a memorable project description
  • Line up your referees and write an effective CV
  • Select work for your writing sample
  • Sustain your momentum by planning ahead
For programme information and to book places visit or contact Leanne at or call 02920 440188 Find NeA on Facebook and follow on Twitter @BVSNW
Note: Travel subsidies and free places available depending on individual circumstances. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

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