Factory – Make Networking Work for You



Venue details
Online via Zoom (link to follow registration)
Additional information

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Networking is an important part of progressing as a creative practitioner and growing a business, but it’s often something we creatives don’t really like. This factory session is led by Maker, Artist and Co-Director of Lon-art Creative Bisila Noha and Artist, Illustrator, Performer and Co-Director of Portland Inn Project CIC, Rebecca Davies.

Join us in discussing how they have made networking work for them and on their terms. Can you do the same?


This session will cover:

  • What networking is and how have Bisila and Rebecca have made networking work for them.
  • The impact a support network and a community of practice can have on our practice and creative business.
  • How we can actively network during the pandemic.
  • How you can make networking work for you.


Who is this for?

This Workshop is for: 

  • People who feel they aren’t sure how to network or access networks and want to hear about how other creatives have done it.
  • People who don’t think they’re good at networking and feel they need some tips and advice for how they might approach it in the future.
  • Students or people who are early in their career and want to start building a tool kit to help manage a sustainable career.


Who’s delivering?

Bisila Noha

As a maker Bisila’s goal is to use her skills to make our world a better place. As well as exhibiting widely and with Stockists in the UK and Europe, Bisila facilitates education and community projects as Co-Director for Lon-art Creative – an arts and activism organisation that offers a platform for everyone to create, collaborate and reflect upon social issues through the arts.

Bisila’s ceramics practice is primarily wheel thrown, with the distinctive addition of marbled slip decoration. Strongly influenced by Japanese ceramics, she makes ‘simple’ ceramic pieces that she uses either as canvas for abstract landscapes or as the embodiment of her own reflections and personal life stories.


Rebecca Davies

Rebecca Davies is from London and lives in Stoke On Trent. She has a deeply embedded and collaborative practice that crosses illustration, design, performance and event. Her work explores the role of art in making change, as a device and platform, to represent and communicate complex stories and politics. She has run participation projects with Turner Contemporary, Tate, South London Gallery, and was lead artist of the Whitechapel Gallery Community Workshops for 3 years. Rebecca and artist Anna Francis set up The Portland Inn Project CIC in 2016 in a residential area of Stoke on Trent, working in collaboration with other artists, arts organisations and residents to improve their community and renovate an old pub building. The project advocates for people led change, and champions the importance of art in leading that change, and in cooperation with public services.


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This workshop is proudly run as part of the creative business support programme Factory. Factory is a partnership between Staffordshire Chambers of CommerceStaffordshire University, British Ceramics Biennial and ACAVA. The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Follow this link for more information about other opportunities and workshops run through Factory.