Demystifying Fundraising: a workshop for artists

Listed by: Robin Peters
Contact: Robin Peters (Email)

Sooner or later, artists of all stripes need funding to make the work they want to make. Very often they lack the confidence and skills to find it.


This session will seek to demystify the world of arts fundraising for artists, and propose some practical steps for funding creative projects.

Participants will

  • Gain practical, sensible and applicable fundraising skills
  • Learn to identify and approach funders
  • Gain confidence in building fundraising relationships
  • Learn to communicate their work to funders such as trusts, individuals, sponsors and public bodies

The session is led by Robin, a professional fundraiser, and makes use of case studies, peer-learning and skills-exchanges within the group with a focus on actions and outcomes.

Whilst there is no strict personal specification, participants should:

  • Have a project they are actively working on
  • Need funding to deliver the project
  • Be prepared to discuss the project and its budget
  • Have secured or be familiar with ACE Grants for the Arts / Project funding
  • Have created and delivered their own project/s

Numbers are strictly limited.

Robin Peters

I am a fundraiser with five years’ experience raising money for the arts in the South West.

I love working with independent artists and small companies and feel very much part of the cultural community in Bristol and the South West. This project draws together 18 months of conversations with creative practitioners, producers and fundraisers at different stages in their careers and responds directly to the needs of artists, as I have found them.

I am Regional Coordinator for the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme in the South West and was part of the inaugural cohort of AFP Fundraising Fellows. Alongside freelance fundraising work for independent artists and small companies, I am Projects and Development Manager at Circomedia.

This session is something of an experiment and, I think, a new approach to fundraising training for artists. Join me in blazing a trail!

With thanks to Theatre Bristol for their generous support, advice and space.

29th May 6.30pm-8.30pm

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