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Network for Creative Enterprise

The Network for Creative Enterprise was established to help creatives make a sustainable living from their creative ideas.

From 2017-2019 KWMC The Factory worked with The Guild (Coworking Bath)WatershedSpike Island and UWE Bristol to deliver a unique programme of tailored support for participants to further their business ideas, develop their working practices, make their businesses viable and sustainable, and increase their skills and confidence.

The programme supported freelance artists, creative practitioners, start-up micro-businesses, and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the West of England.

By bringing together expertise from fabrication to fine art and creative technology, the partner organisations of the NfCE were better able to share resources and offer tailored events, workshops and mentoring for individuals and small enterprises to support their business development from the idea stage through to start-up and on to growth.

The Factory supported 42 entrepreneurs through the NfCE programme.

NfCE culminated in the Ways of Working exhibition at KWMC. The exhibition featured products and work created by entrepreneurs and creatives who had received support through the NfCE and explored how they built their businesses: from the key milestones to the highs and lows, successes and failures.

Ways of Working exhibition photographs by Ibolya Feher.

Network for Creative Enterprise is a partnership with The Guild (Coworking Bath), Knowle West Media Centre, Spike Island, UWE Bristol and Watershed. It is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.

Ways of Working: Creative Business Journeys

An exhibition exploring the fundamental concepts of creativity, sustainability and community, asking: what allows a creative business to grow?

Ways of Working offers an opportunity to celebrate the region’s talent and learn from those on different steps of the creative journey.  It will run from 7 June until September 2019 (see ‘Dates’ below for full details).

The exhibition marks the culmination of the Network for Creative Enterprise (NfCE), a programme that has offered practical support to creative individuals and enterprises across Bristol and Bath, helping them grow into sustainable businesses.

The Ways of Working exhibition explores how creatives enrolled in NfCE have trodden the difficult road to building a business: from the key milestones – naming a business to expanding a team – to the highs and lows, successes and failures.

Data visualization expert Dr Michael Johnson, from the Glasgow School of Art, has used a unique set of tools to map members’ journeys, digging deeper to unearth inspiring stories.

In addition to exploring the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of developing a business, Ways of Working offers a chance to see, touch and play with products and prototypes developed by NfCE members. Presented at various stages of production, they bring creative ideas to life: from talking picture books to 3D photography.

Whether you’ve been involved in the NfCE scheme, are looking for inspiration for your own idea, or are curious as to what makes a creative business grow, the exhibition offers a place to talk, share and network, as we shape a creative business community for the future…

Dates

The exhibition is situated in the main exhibition studio at Knowle West Media Centre. It opens with a preview evening on Thursday 6 June and will be open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, until September 2019 (exact closure date to be confirmed).

Events are sometimes programmed in the exhibition studio, so please call 0117 903 0444 before travelling to ensure that the show is open for viewing when you arrive.

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About NfCE

Network for Creative Enterprise funding has enabled its partners to offer tailored events, workshops and mentoring for individuals and small enterprises, which support their business development from the idea stage through to start-up and growth.

NfCE and Ways of Working are delivered by a collaborative community of hubs – KWMC: The Factory, Watershed, Spike Island, and The Guild, Bath. The Ways of Working exhibition will also explore each hub’s approach and the unique support they’ve provided throughout NfCE, from fine art and fabrication to creative technology.

Network for Creative Enterprise is a partnership with The Guild (Coworking Bath), Knowle West Media Centre, Spike Island, UWE Bristol and Watershed. It is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.

Exhibition preview images and header image by Ibolya Feher.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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