Striking the balance between creative practice, building your online profile and dealing with life can present serious challenges. The struggle is real.

In this career development workshop with art business specialist Susan J Mumford, the following areas will be addressed:

  • The key role that community plays in the professional lives of artists, including how it helps you to advance creatively and professionally;
  • The differing parts of your community - incorporating those in place that can be developed, and those that you’re yet to start;
  • Opportunities to make new contacts, including in-person events and online platforms;
  • Effectively following-up new contacts after meeting;
  • Following up contacts – new and established alike… when they don’t respond (ugh!);
  • Building your (visual / digital) contact database/s to help you connect and reconnect like a pro;
  • The ebb and flow of your offline and online presence, incorporating how to keep getting in front of people directly and indirectly alike;
  • How to keep to your personal promises to consistently grow and nurture your community;
  • Discovery of your voice to use in online communication (think: social media), which reflects your values and is authentic to the core (thereby making it easier to post frequently and consistently);
  • Variation in how you communicate based on differing platforms (also incorporating visual imagery vs. words) – and playing to your strengths; and
  • Evaluating what is and isn’t working in growing your profile and nurturing your community.

This workshop incorporates a Q&A, set to address your individual challenges in growing your profile and consistently nurturing your community, in order to thrive as an artist.


Hoxton Arches is wheelchair accessible.

Click here to view a photo journey from Hoxton Station to the venue.

We want to offer an alternative social space to bring all of the different kinds of people we work with and support together. We particularly welcome your feedback on how we might be more inclusive to you. If you have any specific access requirements, comments or feedback, please send to Sara Dziadik at [email protected] or call 02074247336.

If you would like a member of Shape staff to meet you at the station, have any access requirements, or would like this information in another format please contact Sara Dziadik at [email protected] or 0207 424 7330.

Please submit this information at the latest 5pm on 25/10/18.

Travel Information

Nearest station(s): Hoxton Overground [0.02 mi], Shoreditch High Street [0.6 mi], Old Street [0.8 mi], Liverpool Street [1.0 mi]

Buses: 26, 48, 55 - Hoxton Stop via Hackney Road
149, 242, 243 - Hoxton Station/Geffrye Museum via Kingsland Road

Parking: JustPark Pitfield Street St John's Church, Pitfield Street, London N1 6NP [0.4 mi]

Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Hoxton Station and 28 Hoxton Street [0.3 mi].

Please note: if you attend we will be collecting data from attendees for internal use only, for information on how we keep, store and use this - you can find our privacy policy here.

Booking for this event has now closed.