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Creatives Support: Arts Matrix

Need that little bit of help to take the plunge into a creative job in the Southwest? There’s now a service dedicated to just that, with offices all across the Southwest offering support and advice.

ArtsMatrix is a regional agency for the South west, dedicated to supporting and developing those working in the creative sector. It offers support, seminars, one-to-one mentoring schemes and management courses for creative people - to help you get the most out of your creativity and make it work for you. Plus, it’s free! Thanks to increased funding the service is now on offer in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Plymouth, in addition to the head office in Bristol.

Annie Warburton, Project Director for ArtsMatrix, explains:  “the people who attend these sessions are given invaluable time to reflect on their creative development. They leave the process able to set and refine their goals for the future, and many find it a life changing experience”

Itta Howie attended a guidance session at the Bristol office, which enabled her to make the daunting leap from a computer-bound design job to earning her living from her real passion; dance. She says: “I was provided with a lot of information targeted to my needs, which saved me from searching around in a vast, confusing field of networks, services and organisations. The most valuable thing about the process of one-to-one sessions with ArtsMatrix was the fact I have been taken seriously as an artist. That gave me a lot of confidence. A support like this is hard to find in daily life where art is still often perceived as something you take on as a hobby and you can never make money with.”

No matter what creative skill you have and what stage of your career you are in, it’s a service open to all. Contact your nearest ArtsMatrix local office but bear in mind that it’s very popular and you might have to wait a few months to be seen. Take heart though: it could be just what you need to take the plunge into a more rewarding career.

ArtsMatrix is based at Paintworks, Unit 4.3, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH.
Tel: 0117 915 0190. Other office details can be found on www.artsmatrix.org.uk

First published issue 44 (Spring 2006). Written by Laura Dixon

Disclaimer – details correct at time of publishing, but may now have changed. Please make your own checks.

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