Artist Brew Day: Advice Sessions & Workshops

Free advice sessions and workshops for creatives, covering everything from; fundraising to building your brand


We’ll pop the kettle on…

Built on the concept that mentoring and advice occurs when emerging artists approach established artists ‘for a brew’, four years ago we flipped this by inviting artists into our office for an hour of free advice.

Around four times a year we fill up the kettle, stock up on biscuits and open our office door for any artists or companies in need of an ear, a hand, or a spot of advice. We don’t consider ourselves the experts, but we’ve learnt a lot along the way. We are so thankful to all the artists who have helped us that we wanted to pay it forward to others.

This January we’re flipping this again and running workshops in everything from working with deaf performers to fundraising. Alongside that, we’re offering advice sessions on audience development.

Join us for a week jam-packed with workshops and advice sessions from the 25th-29th January and as always drop us a line with any access needs and we will do all we can to offer you the best experience possible. Please note that our advice sessions can be delivered over the telephone if you do not have internet access or prefer not to use Zoom.

Our Workshops and Advice Sessions have been made possible through funding from Arts Council England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture Fund.


January 25th 

An introduction to working with deaf performers with Alexandra James

Monday 25th January, 11am – 12:30pm, online via Zoom (BSL Interpreted).

This workshop is delivered in partnership with the wonderful folks at Big Imaginations.

Follow this link to book your place. Limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.

Alex in The Night Before Christmas at Leeds Playhouse. Photo by Anthony Robling.











Join actor Alexandra James as she shares her best practice guide to working with deaf performers, as well as an introduction to deaf awareness basics. The workshop will be interpreted by long-time Art with Heart Collaborator Rachel Moffatt-Feldman.

Have no idea what to do or how to work with deaf actors/artists? Don’t worry! Sassy Alex (or Alexandra, whichever you prefer) got your back. By the end of the session, you will be filled with deaf awareness and knowledge. Your mind will be blownnn, and you will be surprised by how easy it is.

My name is Alexandra James and I’m full of sassiness. I’ve been acting for over 2 years and I love it as it’s my passion. I have no idea what my life would be like acting/drama didn’t exist. I graduated from The Arden School of Theatre in 2018. My dream is to be a stand up comedian and I will get there! Fun facts about me – I love snakes, I’m obsessed with sweets, and in my free time I like to travel around the world and try new kinds of food. My recent theatre credits include: The Jungle Book (Derby Theatre)The Night Before Christmas (Leeds Playhouse) and Messy (ZooCo Theatre Company).

Alex’s Spotlight

January 26th 

Uncovering your brand with Megan Holland

Tuesday 26th January, 2-4pm, online via Zoom (BSL Interpreted).

Follow this link to book your place. Limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.

Megan Holland











There’s a common misconception that a brand starts with a logo, when in fact it starts with you and your business or project. In this workshop, we’ll discuss creating your brand values and how to ensure that your brand serves you long into the future – alongside handy hints and tips for planning and creating content when you’re restricted by time.

Please make sure you have something to write with, plenty of paper and a project or idea in mind that you might like to develop the branding for.


  • What is a brand (it’s not a logo!)
  • Discovering your brand values and creating a mission statement
  • Applying your brand values
  • When you’re working on your logo – what you need to ask for and handy hints and tips.
  • How brand can help you to meet your objectives as a business
  • Planning your launch content: more effective and less time consuming

Megan is a writer and marketing manager, helping brands to connect with their audiences through copywriting, content, social media management and strategic communications. After six years working at marketing agency, Holdens, she has experience working with Oldham Coliseum, Art with Heart, Box of Tricks, New Vic Theatre, CFCCA and Community Arts North alongside more commercial clients like Heritage GB, Bruntwood and Allied London. She now works freelance with brands that align with her values to help solve their communication challenges from the ground up – including producing for the lovely Art with Heart!

Megan’s Blog

January 27th 

Navigating DYCP with Arts Council England

Wednesday 27th January, 11am-12.30pm, online via Zoom (BSL Interpreted).

Follow this link to book your place. Limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.

About DYCP

The fund is for individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development. If you’re thinking of taking your practice to the next stage, DYCP can help by supporting research, time to create new work, travel, training, developing ideas, networking or mentoring.

ACE knows that Covid-19 has had a significant impact for individuals, and many will need to develop themselves and their work to respond to the new environment.

They want to support as many people as possible to reshape and redefine their work and continue to make a positive impact on creativity and culture. To do this, they’ve made some changes to the fund so they can support as many of you as they can.

About the session

This session will take place on Zoom and will walk you through the funds and the changes that have been made, and will allow plenty of time for you to ask questions.

Please do read the guidance in advance:’s-new-2020-21

January 28th

Crash Course in Fundraising with Sarah Emmott

Thursday 28th January, 2pm-4pm, online via Zoom (BSL Interpreted).

Follow this link to book your place. Limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.


Join our waitlist by following the eventbrite link below.

Sarah Emmott











We’re asked about fundraising tips a lot, so we’ve created this crash course to arts funding! Sarah is Art with Heart’s lead fundraiser and has been arts fundraising for over a decade. She has raised significant funds via the different avenues she will be covering in this workshop.

This 2 hour workshop will cover:

  • Trusts and Foundations
  • Building your own crib sheet
  • Arts Council Project Grants
  • Crowdfunding

This workshop will be an overview of these four ways of funding with practical skills that you can immediately apply.

“Art with Heart made the world and language of writing a good bid more personable. After the session I felt a lot more confident and acquired new knowledge and skills to help me going into the future.” – Parvez Qadir, workshop attendee

Advice sessions

25th & 29 January 

Audience Development Advice Sessions

Monday 25th and Friday 29th of January, book a 45 minute slot from 1-7pm.

Follow this link to book your place. Limited capacity, book early to avoid disappointment.


Join our waitlist by emailing with the subject ‘AD Advice Session Waitlist’.

Sharon Raymond














Audience Development and Community Engagement Consultant Sharon Raymond will be hosting 45 minute advice sessions for anyone wanting to learn more about Audience Development and Community Engagement. Sharon will share tips on building meaningful relationships with audiences as well as offering advice specific to your creative projects.

Sharon Raymond is an Audience Development and Community Engagement Consultant with over 20 years experience working within Manchester’s cultural sector. Sharon has developed and delivered community engagement campaigns for: Manchester International Festival, Contact, Royal Exchange Theatre, Common Word, Young Identity, Brighter Sounds and The Lowry. Sharon supports organisations in developing meaningful relationships and increasing attendance among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, young people and low-income families. She has introduced many local people to their first cultural experiences.

BSL Interpretation is available for each session- please email by 19th January 2021 so that we can book an interpreter for you.

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