The art doctor will see you now

Free surgery sessions for Winchester-based artists will continue in the city’s ArtCafé in Jewry Street monthly until February 2017.

The first session is on Thursday 28 April from 9am to 1pm, but you will need to book an appointment.

If you are a creative business based in the Winchester area, or are thinking of setting up one, the Arts Advisory Service can assist with professional development. Topics covered include business plans, cash-flow forecasts, marketing and communications, both on- and off-line.

Specialised advice is also available on publishing work, approaching agents, writing grant applications and funding advice, networking and finding opportunities to showcase work.

The service does not critique work, but aims to support artists in their journey to becoming sustainable and profitable businesses.

Creative genres applicable for the service can include fine-art, textiles, graphic design, dance, theatre, film, video games, music, media, sculpture, jewellery, poetry or new writing.

Local artist Lucy McLoughlin, who has benefited from the service, said: “I found the Arts Advisory Service incredibly helpful. As an artist I often work on my own so to be able to meet up with Sacha and Paul and to discuss my work and ideas was very valuable. It was informative, encouraging and inspiring and it really helped me to focus. It also made me more confident. I am very grateful and I feel lucky to have this service right at my doorstep.”

Kate Cloud, Winchester City Council’s Head of Economy and Arts, added: “We are delighted to be continuing our support for this service which gives our artistic community practical encouragement.”

Winchester City Council has appointed the Creative Eastleigh team at Eastleigh Borough Council to provide this free advisory service for Winchester-based artists. Longer sessions with an advisor can be arranged at one of the Creative Eastleigh hubs: The Point, The Sorting Office or the Tec-Hub.

To find the dates of all the sessions and an application form please see the Winchester City Council web page