Career Development Workshop: Funding and Finance

24 Feb 2015

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Price: £40 standard, £30 concession, £20 Redeye member

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A session that looks at the various ways of raising money for photography and arts projects.


Many people still believe the arts are worthy of public funding, but with the recession, and public and private purse strings drawing tighter, getting funding for your photographic or creative project seems harder than ever. But there are still plenty of opportunities; you just need to know where to look and how to present yourself and your project. This session looks at the various ways of raising money for photography and arts projects.

  • Do you really need funding? In what circumstances would you fund your own projects, or even turn to friends and family? The current funding landscape is considered: where the funding is coming from, what projects are being funded and how things are changing.
  • The various private funding avenues are explored - business engagement, individual giving and crowdfunding - and also public sector funding, trusts & foundations and loans, as well as competitions and awards.
  • What makes a good proposal? A detailed look at two type of funding, small commission-type funds of typically £500 to £1000, and larger project funding such as Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts.
  • Who can help? Where to turn for expertise and support.


Adam Lopardo is Head of Partnerships at Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland where he is responsible for developing projects that broker and draw in financial and other support to benefit the North East. He oversees the Foundations work in the arts and environment as well as a programme of business support for voluntary organisations.

Previously Adam ran The Sponsors Club (now Culture Partnerships) at the Foundation, creating the Business Collectors Network to encourage business collections of contemporary art; the ‘Sponsors Den’ to engage businesses in supporting the arts and the North East Fund for the Arts. Current arts focussed projects include developing the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund and Improving Board Leadership, a partnership with Business in the Arts: North West.

Adam is currently a board member of AV Festival and North East Culture Partnership and has sat on the advisory committees of Globe Gallery, Northumberlandia and White Box Projects. He regularly speaks at universities, colleges and conferences on sponsorship, philanthropy and crowdfunding.

Emilia Telese is an internationally accclaimed artist who has been exhibiting worldwide since 1996. Born in Italy in 1973, she graduated in Painting from The Fine Arts Academy in Florence in 1996.

In 2012 she was invited by Michelangelo Pistoletto to create an artwork for his initiative Rebirth Day. Her video piece Life Begins At Land’s End was shown at the Louvre as part of his exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto: Annee' Un - Le Paradis Sur Terre in June 2013.

Emilia is currently a lecturer specialising in the relationship between art, economics and professional practice at more than ten UK and Italian institutions. She is currently an AHRC award PhD researcher in Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick.

Tony Mallon is photographer and trainer at Digit in the Rib. Based in Liverpool, he has eighteen years experience of working on award winning, temporary/permanent public art commissions which include producing large scale photographic public artworks.

Tony also has a proven track record of working with marginalised groups who have had difficulty accessing the arts including homeless people.

Currently he is working on an Arts Council England funded photographic project, 'If it Could Speak', which explores, examines and documents through photography and text, the institutional spaces and experience of living in homeless hostels, through an object or objects, spaces and environments.

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