A new programme of Test Valley Creative Events is set to take place throughout October, providing a varied schedule of talks and workshops for those in the arts and culture sector. 

 Aimed at people living and working in Test Valley, all of the scheduled events are free to attend and will take place in person or online. The extensive new programme aims to give attendees the chance to reconnect with others in the art world and has been devised to provide opportunities to share ideas, learn, network and collaborate with peers.

 The first event will take place on Monday 4 October offering creative business guidance to start-ups and those thinking about building a creative business. Other events taking place throughout the month will see experts offering valuable advice on a range of subjects, such as how to apply for an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant, top tips for successful bid writing, and an insight into marketing and social media.

 Interactive sessions are also planned including a Walk and Draw morning on 19 October, where participants can enjoy trying out some fun drawing exercises in Romsey. There will be the chance to explore environmental art at Mottisfont Abbey and join conversations about the arts and wellbeing at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

 Individual artists, musicians, writers and performers, as well as established businesses, start-ups, community and cultural organisations are welcome to attend every session and are encouraged to book tickets in advance as places are limited. More information and booking details can be found at: https://www.testvalley.gov.uk/testvalleycreative

 Community and leisure portfolio holder, Councillor Ian Jeffrey, said: “We hope the series of events planned for next month will provide some useful tools for those in the creative sector. Not only will these events offer some great learning opportunities, but will offer those in the arts world the chance to come together and connect with other local artists and organisations.

 “The council has put together an extensive list of events, and there are lots more to be announced soon including a session about photography and a networking event with Andover College.” 

 More details about each event and access to book can be found at: www.testvalley.gov.uk/testvalleycreative