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Bow Skills Workshop: bid writing and arts FUN-draising with Tom Ryalls – an Arts Council England special! 

Tuesday 18th July 2023 , 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join writer and arts fundraising whiz Tom Ryalls in this myth-busting workshop on arts FUN-draising and bid writing, with a specific focus on Arts Council England (ACE) project grants and how to construct a successful bid. 

This event has been postponed until the 18th July.

After a broad overview of the different types of funding out there for artists, Tom will take a deep dive into the specifics of ACE project grants. 

In an artist-centred approach, they will demystify the ACE investment principles and talk through how to deploy their ‘why-how-what’ storytelling technique as a tactile, practical blueprint to engage with these principles. 

Tom will then deconstruct what goes behind an ACE bid – pulling apart the application structure, drilling down into how to build out responses to individual questions, and running through example answers to tease out useful tips and tricks that you can apply to your own bids. 

The workshop will end with a Q&A, where you can put your burning questions to Tom and dive into specific questions you have about ACE project grants you’re working on or arts fundraising in general. 

All participants will get to take home a resource pack at the end, featuring everything you’ll have learnt in the session and some extra insights. 

This workshop will be held at our studio site in Catford – the address is Catford Dek, 4th Floor, Old Town Hall, Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU.

£7 £5 concessions

Concessions rate applies to Bow Arts artists, students, over 65s, under 18s, National Art Pass members, and key workers 

4th Floor, Old Town Hall, Catford Road
London, SE6 4RU United Kingdom
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About Tom Ryalls 

Tom is a fundraiser and writer. They were one of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellows with Cause4 in 2020, and part of the SSE Creative Leadership Programme for the last 2 years. They also sit on the London Area Council for Arts Council England, which is the governance body overseeing the new NPO round. They have previously been the Head of Development for NPO Stockroom and an Executive Director. Tom has delivered bids in excess of £1M but their practice mainly revolves around supporting artists and small companies develop the organising skills to swing the balance of arts funding away from large institutions. 

Find out more at boyandpen.com/funds 

About Bow Skills  

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.   

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.   

Access information 

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com .   

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a table near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!   

Transport Information 

Address: Catford Dek, 4th floor, Old Town Hall, Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU

Nearest station(s): Catford Bridge (Thameslink), Catford (Thameslink)

Bus: 75, 124, 160, 181, 202, 284, 336

Parking: No parking available.

Bike: No bike shed on site. Limited space available at Catford Bridge Tube Station.