Creative Freelancers Day

MAIA Creatives are hosting a day long Freelance Creative event as part of National Freelancers Day 2019


Join MAIA Creatives for an eventful day of workshops, talks, discussions and roundtables, all designed to ask important questions and share resources, tips, truths, opportunities and connections for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

Together they will be exploring how creative freelancers navigate their careers, what it means to create your own platform, support mechanisms, the truth of it all, especially in this economy and an ever changing world, as well as DIY cultures and independent infrastructures.

Attend a workshop with Theataccounts, who specialise in accounting for the creative industries, have lunch with Liv Little, the founder of Gal-dem, hear from the Arts Council, as well as the chance to attend a panel discussion featuring creatives, artists and producers, and an Artists Roundtable for what should be a lively discussion, getting everyone involved!

The Schedule for the day is as follows:

10.30 – 12.30: Workshop with Theataccounts: Learn the essentials about accounting, Theataccounts will share tips, FAQs and best practice that freelancers can equip themselves with from the beginning of their independent and self employed journey, and will include everything from how to set up as self employed, the differences between self employed and setting up as a company, how to do a tax return, and everything in between.

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch with Liv Little: Join the founder of Gal-dem for lunch and learn about her journey in setting up the well renowned publication by women of colour.

14.00 – 15.00: Panel Discussion: A discussion with Khalia Ismain, Louise Byng, (Yinka Danmole/Ben Anderson) about how freelancers are navigating their careers, (their true experiences!) setting up infrastructures, support mechanisms and DIY cultures. Chaired by Amahra Spence.

15.00 – 16.00: Food For Thought with Arts Council: In this relaxed session over tea and cake, Arts Council England will share some insights into the application process, especially applying for Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice, creating a dialogue for artists and practitioners, and demystifying the application process

16.15 – 18.15: Artists Roundtable: Join Ashok Mistry, Medina Grillo, Thom Bartley, Rem Conway and Demi Nandhra for a lively discussion around what being an artist means in real terms, answering provocations and responding to each other’s answers and prompts. It will probably get interactive too! Chaired by Aliyah Hasinah.

18.15 – 19.30: Time to chill out and relax: Drinks, food & conversation


<<< TICKETS >>>

Tickets are pay as you feel/donation, and there are options to book individual sessions or buy a Day Pass which includes co-working at Impact Hub Birmingham for the day, and access to events above. Tickets for the day or individual sessions can be booked here.

In 2013, Amahra Spence set up MAIA Creatives, a non-profit exploring how artists live, work and contribute in society through artist-led interventions. The group’s most recent project is an artist-led hotel, project space and community hub, that will serve as a training and development ground for artists and young people. In collaboration with Tobi Kyeremateng of BAMWorks, a nationwide resource-sharing network for BAME producers, MAIA recently hosted a meet-up at Impact Hub Birmingham for Creative Producers of Colour; to learn, exchange ideas and piece together solutions with a regional focus.


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Event Organizers

MAIA Creatives

Date & Time

June 20, 2019 | 10:30 to 20:00


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free/PAYF/Donation

Cost for Non Members: PAYF/Donation

Updated on 20 May 2019