One to One Advice Sessions
In partnership with Northern Film and Media’s Film Club Programme and Practice Makes Practice we hosted four One-to-One advice sessions at The NewBridge Project. These were for artists with a moving image practice or interest in developing this side of their practice.
Maggie Ellis heads up the artists’ moving image department at Film London. She is responsible for growing and developing this vital and vibrant area of work by overseeing the agency’s commissioning of artists’ moving image work and talent development. She also explores opportunities to support creative talent in the animation sector.
These informal advisory sessions were aimed at developing a wide-ranging dialogue around the participants practice. They involved any or all of the following areas:
•Looking at and discussing your work
•Advice on developing your practice and looking at other works that may be interesting in relation to this
•Advice on exhibition possibilities, appropriate organisations and events to approach
•Advice about promoting your work
In partnership with Northern Film and Media’s Film Club Programme and Practice Makes Practice we will be hosting five One-to-One advise sessions at The NewBridge Project between September and January. Practitioners include; Steven Bode, Director, Film and Video Umbrella; Guy Sherwin, Artist; Ben Cook, Director of LUX; Lindsay Seers, artist and Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists Moving Image and Film London.
Accessibility: NewBridge Studios has limited accessibility, this event will take place in the Annex Space on the first floor of NewBridge Studios. We regret, due to the age of our building and its change of use we do not have a functioning lift. Please contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities
We are able to make most of our events available at low or no cost because of the financial support which we receive from the European Regional Development Fund.
This funding comes through the ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13, and is intended to help support the development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the creative industries in the North East of England.
However, it is awarded to us only if we can prove that we’re spending the money appropriately and hitting stringent targets for the number of SMEs we support. Our ability to go on offering low and no cost events therefore depends on being able to attract adequate numbers of North East based delegates who are employed by or own creative SMEs, or alternatively count as creative SMEs themselves.
So, while we are happy to welcome non-SME delegates as long as it doesn’t involve extra costs or block places that creative SME delegates would otherwise have taken, there will increasingly be circumstances when we have to restrict events access to creative SMEs or charge non-SME delegates the unsubsidised fee.
DO I COUNT AS A CREATIVE SME?
Following the definition used by the Department of Culture Media and Sport, the following count as creative industries: film, television, digital media, arts, animation, radio, music, fashion, design, publishing, advertising, cultural businesses and marketing communications.
Please note that for our purposes performers (e.g. actors and extras) do not count as creative businesses.
Under European law an SME must employ fewer than 250 staff, have a turnover of not more than €50 million and a balance sheet of not more than €43 million.
An SME may be a: Sole Trader, Freelancer, Limited Company, Community Interest Company, or Partnership.
Freelancers should ideally be registered with HMRC and submitting tax returns for their work in the creative industries. However it is recognised that those at the start of their careers may not yet be generating income and for this reason may not yet be registered with HMRC. In such instances we require a freelancer to confirm that on average they spend at least 21 hours per week working within the creative sector.
Please remember that you must also be based in the North East of England. This means that you must either be resident or have a registered address in one of the following counties: County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside or Tyne and Wear.
YOU DON’T COUNT AS AN SME IF YOU ARE…
- In full time education (unless you have set up a company or are working as a professional freelancer while studying)
- Working for large creative organisations above the SME thresholds, even if those companies are in the creative sector (e.g. broadcasters)
- Retired and no longer working (please note that being past statutory retirement age or in receipt of a pension does not preclude you from counting as an SME if you are also working or running a company)
- Someone for whom film and television are an amateur pursuit or hobby rather than a professional job (i.e. working under 21 hours per week and without the prospect of generating a profitable business)