Full Future Skills Festival Press Release

 

Download the official, full Future Skills Festival Press Release (pdf) from the University of Portsmouth website

A great set of photos taken by Forhad Ahmed at Screentime - a ‘liquid cafe’ event presented by Cibas at Purple Door in Portsmouth in January 2011 and the precursor to the forthcoming Future Skills Festival

The Art of Blogging and Social Media

With: Alison Baverstock and Yemisi Blake

Date: Thursday 23 June 2011
Time: 6.30pm-9pm
Venue: University of Portsmouth School of Art, Design and Media (PO1 2DJ)
Tickets: £15

Would you like to use blogging and social media as a platform for presenting new work or for marketing and promoting yourself?

Following the 2009 sell-out Art of Blogging event which was organised by Cibas as part of Havant Literature Festival, Alison Baverstock and Yemisi Blake return to talk about their experience of promoting their work and projects online and offer ideas and suggestions that you can use to develop yours.

Alison Baverstock is the author of Marketing Your Book: an Author’s Guide and Is There a Book in You? She is the resident blogger for the Artists’ and Writers’ Yearbook and leads the MA in Publishing course at Kingston University. Yemisi Blake is a photographer, blogger, Creative Mentor at the Southbank Centre and Associate Artist with All Change.

This event is designed to offer advice and support to any professional (or aspiring professional) creative people with an interest in writing, publishing and creating dynamic and engaging online content that will drive traffic to your site and new audiences to your work.

“Yemisi Blake’s talk illustrated the rich diversity possible in blogging” - Previous Art of Blogging participant

“Both spoke with honesty, and gave both sides of the topic, meaning that we can make an informed and realistic choice.” - Previous Art of Blogging paticipant

“Fantastically enthusiastic speakers!” - Previous Art of Blogging participant

The highly subsidised fee for this special event is just £15 per person which includes all course materials and refreshments. Advance booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. Tickets can be booked and paid for via the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

The event will take place in a modern, fully equipped and accessible lecture theatre at the University of Portsmouth School of Art, Design and Media on Winston Churchill Avenue in Portsmouth. Map and directions

For further information email cibas@port.ac.uk or call 023 9284 6232

This event is part of the Future Skills Festival which takes place in Portsmouth through June and July 2011. The Festival is presented by Cibas, the creative industries business and skills development agency based at the University of Portsmouth.

Time Management for Creative People

With: Mark McGuinness

Date: Tuesday 28 June 2011
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Venue: University of Portsmouth Library (PO1 2ST)
Tickets: £20

Manage the mundane, create the extraordinary

Time management may not sound like a sexy topic, but it could make or break your business - not to mention your inspiration.

Many creative people would like nothing better than to shut themselves in a room and get on with their creative work. This isn’t just self-indulgence - creativity requires focus and dedication, which is hard to achieve when the phone doesn’t stop ringing and the email keeps pinging.

As a creative professional, you constantly have to balance your focus on your work with responding to the demands of colleagues, customers and clients. This practical workshop will help you resolve this tension, by finding the time and mental space for focused creative work - whilst still meeting all of your professional commitments.

The topics covered in this workshop will include:

  • Finding the method in your creative madness
  • Identifying and prioritising your most important work
  • Getting in the right state of mind for focused creative work
  • How to minimise interruptions and distractions
  • How to remember - and fulfil - all your important commitments

Mark McGuinness has been coaching and training creative people for over a decade, and has worked with organisations including the BBC, Channel 4, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, Arts & Business and Cockpit Arts. As well as having authored several highly successful e-books, Mark is a poet and writes two popular blogs about creativity and business: Wishful Thinking and Lateral Action.

This workshop is based in part on Mark’s e-book Time Management for Creative People, which has been downloaded over 100,000 times, and features new material developed since the e-book was published. The workshop is for creative people of all kinds - artists, freelancers, entrepreneurs and anyone else who takes their creativity seriously.

“I liked the way the ideas for managing time were uncomplicated and realistic enough to start fitting them into your everyday life” - Previous participant, Candida Bradley, candipops.com

The highly subsidised fee for this special event is just £20 per person which includes all course materials and refreshments. Advance booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. Tickets can be booked and paid for via the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

The event will take place in a modern, fully equipped and accessible seminar room at the University of Portsmouth Library on Cambridge Road (Ravelin Park) in Portsmouth. Map and directions

For further information email cibas@port.ac.uk or call 023 9284 6232

This event is part of the Future Skills Festival which takes place in Portsmouth through June and July 2011. The Festival is presented by Cibas, the creative industries business and skills development agency based at the University of Portsmouth.

IP and the Internet

With: Silvia Baumgart (Own It)

Date: Thursday 30 June 2011
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Technopole (PO2 8FA)
Tickets: £15

How do you share and protect your creative work - your intellectual property - online and with confidence?

This seminar will offer invaluable advice on how to protect your creative work online, from the ownership of images, text, audio and video - to your ideas themselves.

It will cover issues of ownership and the implications for IP (Intellectual Property) when shared through blogging or social media and it will introduce some simple steps that you can take to ensure that you can protect your own IP, while taking care not to infringe that of others.

This special seminar is designed to offer advice and support to any professional (or aspiring professional) creative people who are looking to develop their understanding of the legal issues that are likely to affect their art, design, writing or performance work once it is published online.

The seminar will be led by Silvia Baumgart,  Project Coordinator for Own-it who specialise in IP and copyright advice on for creative people and their businesses.

A seasoned and dynamic management professional with 15 years experience in the arts and creative sectors in the UK and Europe, Silvia has contributed to the development of major art galleries and museums as well as higher education and government funded projects.

The highly subsidised fee for this special event is just £15 per person which includes all course materials and refreshments. Advance booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. Tickets can be booked and paid for via the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

The event will take place in a modern, fully equipped and training room at Portsmouth Technopole, Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 8FA. Map and directions

For further information email cibas@port.ac.uk or call 023 9284 6232

This event is part of the Future Skills Festival which takes place in Portsmouth through June and July 2011. The Festival is presented by Cibas, the creative industries business and skills development agency based at the University of Portsmouth.

Build your Digital Toolkit

With: Sinead Mac Manus

Date: Tuesday 5 July 2011
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Venue: University of Portsmouth Library (PO1 2ST)
Tickets: £20

Social networks, mobile apps, cloud computing… Is the growing choice of digital technologies baffling you?

This practical workshop provides an excellent introduction to the best free and low-cost tools that you can use to productively manage and grow your business with an emphasis on functionality and integration.

You will take away from the workshop the building blocks of a digital toolkit to help you be more productive in your work including:

  • Three simple and free ways to build an online presence for your business in under an hour
  • The only tool you will ever need to manage all your social networks
  • The ultimate tools for managing a stress-free inbox
  • A tried and tested system for keeping track of new contacts and potential customers
  • Tools for capturing and sharing information with your team
  • The best way to manage your business and personal documents
  • Three simple ways of never forgetting to do something again

Sinead Mac Manus is the founder of 8fold, a digital well-being company that helps busy people work better. She writes about mindful twenty-first century working at her blog From Apps to Zen and on her curated Facebook page Mindful at Work.

Sinead has written a free e-book, From Apps to Zen: 26+ Ideas for Building a Business with Balance and she is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. A yoga fanatic, she tries to bring a Zen-like quality to her daily life but normally fails due to drinking too many double espressos.

“What a brilliant day that was!! It was great to have ‘real people’ deliver very practical pointers to the maze of web things, social network sites and I am a convert. The workshop was a revelation and delivered appropriate accessibility to the most effective way to make the web work for me” - Previous participant, Ruth Facey, the Travelling Jeweller, Hampshire

“I attended Sinead’s Digital Toolbox seminar in November and found it to be full of useful, practical tips, as well as inspiring. I’ve been to other digital workshops, but Sinead’s are the best of the bunch. Highly recommended” - Previous participant, Richard Brownsdon, ClearlySo, London

“An interesting, enlightening overview of some of the key digital tools to sell and promote yourself digitally as well as how to best manage yourself and your time virtually. Would highly recommend this presentation for all 21st century workers!” - Rob Khan, BBC Radio 1 and freelance producer, London

The highly subsidised fee for this special event is just £20 per person which includes all course materials and refreshments. Advance booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. Tickets can be booked and paid for via the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

The event will take place in a modern, fully equipped and accessible seminar room at the University of Portsmouth Library on Cambridge Road (Ravelin Park) in Portsmouth. Map and directions

For further information email cibas@port.ac.uk or call 023 9284 6232

This event is part of the Future Skills Festival which takes place in Portsmouth through June and July 2011. The Festival is presented by Cibas, the creative industries business and skills development agency based at the University of Portsmouth.

Upgrade Yourself: Working Smarter in a Digital Age

With: Sinead Mac Manus

Date: Thursday 14 July 2011
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Venue: University of Portsmouth Library (PO1 2ST)
Tickets: £20

Broadband, 3G networks and social media are changing the way we work and the way we communicate.

But these digital technologies result in a daily digital deluge leaving less time to get things done and less time to focus on the bigger picture, in business and in life.

Upgrade Yourself! is a practical workshop filled with simple and actionable strategies, tools and techniques that will help you move from a stressful, reactionary workday towards being proactive, focused and relaxed.

This is not about simply getting things done or emptying you inbox - and it’s not about cramming 50% more work into your day. It’s a practical introduction to how to focus on getting the right work done; getting it done in the minimum time needed, and regain balance between your creative work and a creative life.

What you will take away from the workshop:

  • Tried and tested strategies for creating focus and flow in your working day and for coping with information and email overload
  • An understanding of how to reduce or eliminate unnecessary work
  • Knowledge of which digital tools to use to streamline our workflow
  • An insight into appropriate mind/body practices to support being more mindful at work and reduce work-based stress
  • An examination of the relationship between our ‘digital’ and offline lives and how to maintain a sense of balance

Sinead Mac Manus is the founder of 8fold, a digital well-being company that helps busy people work better. She writes about mindful twenty-first century working at her blog From Apps to Zen and on her curated Facebook page Mindful at Work.

Sinead has written a free e-book, From Apps to Zen: 26+ Ideas for Building a Business with Balance and she is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. A yoga fanatic, she tries to bring a Zen-like quality to her daily life but normally fails due to drinking too many double espressos.

“Really very good indeed. You’ve given a tremendous amount of information. Nice balance with the little physical exercises. It’s been well worth coming to. Thank you!”- Previous participant, Jennifer Waller, writer, communications and CSR/ sustainability professional, Amsterdam

“I recently attended Sinead’s workshop, part of the Arts Council’s Cultural Leadership Programme. She managed to introduce us to a plethora of simple tools and techniques with immediate applicability. But what is more, she quickly targeted the audience and communicated clearly in language we could all understand -  a rare and valuable skill amongst the technology cognoscenti!” - Previous participant, Deborah Dunham, Organisational Consultant, UK

The highly subsidised fee for this special event is just £20 per person which includes all course materials and refreshments. Advance booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited. Tickets can be booked and paid for via the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

The event will take place in a modern, fully equipped and accessible seminar room at the University of Portsmouth Library on Cambridge Road (Ravelin Park) in Portsmouth. Map and directions 

For further information email cibas@port.ac.uk or call 023 9284 6232

This event is part of the Future Skills Festival which takes place in Portsmouth through June and July 2011. The Festival is presented by Cibas, the creative industries business and skills development agency based at the University of Portsmouth.


 

Essential Professional Development for Creative People

Download the full PDF press release here

A unique series of events for artists and creative businesses will take place in Portsmouth this summer. The Future Skills Festival will explore how new media and technologies are creating new opportunities and new ways of working in the creative and cultural industries.

The Festival will mark the fifth anniversary of the Cibas project in Portsmouth. It will also celebrate the launch of a brand-new Cibas website - a content-rich resource for the creative community that will offer enterprising advice, ideas and inspiration to support the growing creative and cultural industries in the City and beyond.

Since 2006, Cibas has helped more than 600 artists and creative businesses with one-to-one advice and guidance. In the same period, more than 1,500 individuals have attended Cibas training, networking and continuing professional development events.

The Future Skills Festival will bring together some of the UK’s leading experts in creative careers and business development. The Festival’s flagship ‘Question Time’ inspired launch event (20 June) will feature very a special guest panel to include John Newbigin, the Chair of the newly formed national network, Creative England. Formerly Head of Corporate Relations at Channel 4 and a special advisor to the government, Wired Magazine lists John as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 digital power-brokers’.

A programme of seminars, workshops and talks will take an in-depth look at subjects such as blogging and social media; protecting Intellectual Property (IP) online; time management and work flow; and building a toolkit of digital media and resources to support the development of a successful and rewarding creative career.

Contributors include Alison Baverstock, author and resident blogger for the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook; Yemisi Blake, Creative Mentor at the Southbank Centre and Associate Artist with All Change; Mark McGuinness of blogs Wishful Thinking, Lateral Action and a regular contributor to The 99%; Sinead Mac Manus, digital wellbeing consultant and Founder of 8fold; James Byford, consultant, producer and freelance-freeranger; and Silvia Baumgart, Project Coordinator for Own It, the Intellectual Property service based at the University of the Arts London.

Director of Cibas, Paola Campari-Moss is one of the Festival organisers: “New digital and media technologies are changing the way that creative people are starting-up and growing successful careers and businesses. The artists, designers, performers and writers of the future won’t have to rely on traditional business models or established routes-to-market such as the agent, the publisher, the record label or gallery. Instead, they will adapt their creativity and broaden their skills to exploit new technologies, apps, media and resources both to promote and to create their work.”

The Future Skills Festival will provide a unique platform for inspiring ideas and expert advice about the knowledge and skills that will drive the creative communities of the future.

Full schedule of Events

Who should attend the Future Skills Festival?

These events are designed specifically for creative people including artists, designers, performers, writers, creative businesses and companies and other professional people working in the arts, culture and creative industries.

What are the aims of the Future Skills Festival?

The events are intended to provide professional - and aspiring-professional - creative practitioners and businesses with an enhanced understanding of some of the critical considerations involved in successful self-employment or enterprise in the creative industries.

What are the objectives of the Future Skills Festival?

The objective of each of the events is to provide participants with: access to industry experts; enhanced specialist knowledge; new practical skills; action plans and ways forward; and professional networking opportunities.

Booking and payment

The highly subsidised fee for each event includes all course materials and refreshments. Numbers are strictly limited. Booking and payment in advance is essential. For further information email cibas@port.ac.uk or telephone 023 9284 6232.