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Paul Hoggard is a sand sculpture.

Sand sculpture

Sand artist Paul Hoggard describes discovering a love of sand sculpting, the ever-growing global sand scene, and how it took him ten years for his hobby to become a full-time job.


Dawn Thomas-Mondo has built up a collection of thousands of costumes

Running a costume business

Dawn Thomas-Mondo runs Marigold Costumes in Cardiff, the largest company of its kind in Wales. She told us about how she got started, and running her creative business.


Simon Banks talks about his role as an Artist Manager and how he got into the industry.

Working as a music manager

Simon Banks is the founder of SB Management, based in Shepherd’s Bush, who manage several music artists. He describes a regular working day as an Artist Manager.


Being a Theatre Manager

Matthew Abercrombie is the Theatre Manager at Theatre Royal. He is responsible for all front of house activities and many other non-technical activities. Find out from him what the role involves and how to get into this career.


Consider offers of free 'exposure' carefully before accepting, and decide whether the work will be enjoyable before agreeing.

When should you work for free?

When would you work for free? It's a topic of heated debate among freelancers and artists. Author and copywriter Chris Farnell discusses four scenarios where creatives decide to work for free.


Apples and Snakes run performance poetry events, like open mic nights. Photo: Jack Goffe

Routes into performance poetry

Apples and Snakes is a leading organisation for performance poetry. They run events around the country, including schools, where they put a poet in a school every day of the year.


Diane Lees is the Director-General of the Imperial War Museum.

Diane Lees, museum director

Diane Lees is the Director-General of the Imperial War Museum. Before that, she was the director of the V&A Museum of Childhood. She spoke about her diverse working days, exhibition ideas, and leadership challenges.


Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Iwona Blazwick, arts leadership

Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Before this, she was Head of Exhibitions and Displays at Tate Modern and Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.


Theatre companies are exploring pervasive media

Pervasive media

Katie Day spoke to Creative Choices about pervasive media, the current climate for public funding and the arts, and what she'll bring back from her Peach Placement.


Getting taken on by a gallery happens through networking, word of mouth, introduction, or having seen the work of an artist.

How to get your art exhibited

There are many avenues for an artist to pursue in order to get work exhibited. Much depends on your career to-date, the nature of the work you make, and the area in which you live.


Sculptures in fruit cake and fondant icing:

Making edible art

Connie Viney is an artist who creates outlandish and larger-than-life sculptures and installations made from cake and icing. She spoke about how she started her creative career.


The main focus of Jayne’s business is designing home interiors.

Being an interior designer

Jayne Webb has been running her own successful interior design business, Southover Design, for the past 11 years.


Bridget Nicholls is the Director of Pestival.

Organising Pestival arts event

Bridget Nicholls was awarded the first Zoo Arts Fellowship at ZSL London Zoo. Her large-scale science arts festival, 'Pestival', was recently awarded Conservation Project of the Year by the Observer Ethical Awards.


Cellist Li Lu played the ''Summer House' glass project for the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Architectural glass business

Lauren Sagar is a practising glass artist. She spoke about the various projects, insights and experiences of her creative business Sagar and Campbell.


Young people with special needs are offered a route in to the theatre experience. (Image: Alex Rumford)

Working in theatre education

Susan Whiddington is the Director of Mousetrap Theatre Projects, which helps young people to access and engage with live theatre. She talks about the programmes she runs, as well as how she got into a career in theatre education.


One effect of digitisation is to increase access to archive and library collections.

New technology for libraries

Increasingly, libraries and archives use technology to change the way we can access and use the material they hold. Technology is also helping behind the scenes to manage library stock efficiently.


Joe Craig has written several popular novels for children.

Writing novels for children

Joe Craig has written several successful novels for children, including his 'Jimmy Coates' series. He spoke about his career journey.


Working as a fire performer

A former electrician, fire performer Tim Marston developed his act and launched his business, Juggling Inferno, from scratch. He spoke about his career and shared 5 tips for freelance performers.


Sook-Kyung Lee, Curator at Tate Liverpool. Photography by Roger Sinek.

Curator at Tate Liverpool

Sook-Kyung Lee is a curator at Tate Liverpool. She combines the academic approach of a traditional museum curator with a remit to bring what is often quite demanding work to a wide audience.


6 tips for being a gallery curator

Héloïse Parke is the curator of The Aram Gallery, one of London’s only non-commercial contemporary design galleries. She offers six pieces of advice for working as a gallery curator.


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