Creative Network West

Our Spring/Summer Programme

I’ve been busy programming the next six months or so and can now share some of the events we have planned. These include a funding workshop, a life drawing session, and approaches to social media and working with larger companies.

Don’t miss the news and opportunities section either. There are some open calls, social media workshops from the very interesting Echo, and a freelancer role. Further details below.

If you’ve got any ideas for networking or business development events you’d like to see or even help deliver, get in touch. Feel free to share this through your networks.

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Tonight: Screen Group with Carl Schoenfeld
7–8.30pm on Zoom
Carl Schoenfeld’s work has taken him from filming in war zones on pre-digital Handycams (BAFTA-nominated A Sarajevo Diary) to producing one of the UKs first digital feature films, Ben Whishaw’s debut My Brother Tom.

We’ll be talking about his journey as a filmmaker and some of the challenges he’s faced, changes in the film industry, working with networks like the BBC and Channel 4, and his perspective as a BAFTA voting member.

If you’d like to join in and aren’t already in the screen group, let me know and I’ll send you a link.

Thu 18 Mar: Fight Scenes
7–8.30pm on Zoom

Explore the language of fight scenes with Puranjay Samson and Leonardo Durrant. How are they put together, how are they filmed, and, if they have a language, how can they tell a story or express a mood?

PJ is an actor, director, and fight choreographer with over ten years of martial arts experience behind him, and Leonardo (Successors Productions) is on his own personal superhero journey, not only designing fight scenes but also using VFX to recreate live-action versions of animé, video games, and pop culture action.

We’ll be sharing a few clips, looking at cinematic influences, and giving everyone a chance to take part in the conversation and connect with fellow creatives.

Tickets are free and you can book via the Watermans website:

Thu 8 Apr: Life Drawing
12–1.30pm on Zoom

For April’s Artists Group, Miguel Galue of Brush and Coffee Art has organised a Zoom life drawing session with model Sonja Syne. The session will include several poses and a chance to see one another’s work at the end.

The session is £5, or free to members of the artists group. If you’d like to book, contact




Thus 6 & 13 May: Dodge the Shredder Funding Workshops
10am to 1pm on Zoom

CPP is running a two-part workshop on arts funding with renowned multimedia artist Emilia Telese. Dodge the Shredder workshops are suitable for artists in a range of artforms, including visual arts, theatre, and film. They include hands-on exercises in developing your funding application and budgeting, as well as an insight into art world funding structures, approaching institutions, and managing your career as a professional artist.

Contact for further info. The cost of the workshops is £10.

Thu 27 May: All about TikTok
7–8.30pm on Zoom
Jahangir Ahmed is a dancer and choreographer who has made appearances in Bollywood films and received over a million views for some of his TikTok videos. We’ll be talking about his experiences in the dance and film industries and exploring all things social media—from the pressures to manage your image and the cultural challenges of making videos to tips for shooting your own content and the implications of TikTok bans in India and the USA. Booking opens soon.

Looking further ahead…
On 1 July I’m planning an event on working with larger companies with creative director Jai Harji and lifestyle consultant Mary P O’Shea, who between them have experience across fashion, media, and advertising.

News and Opportunities

Totally Thames Open Call
Applications are welcome from artists, creatives, producers, river enthusiasts for the Totally Thames Festival in September 2021. Emerging artists under 30 are also invited to apply for the Tide Changers development programme. Deadline for both is 16 April.



FLAMIN Fellowship Open Call (film)
The FLAMIN Fellowship is a Film London development scheme for early-career artist filmmakers. It aims to support the most exciting, innovative and challenging moving image projects from six artist-filmmakers with development, production finance and bespoke mentoring opportunities. Deadline 4 May.

Social Media Workshops
Echo, the skills trading community, is coming to West London. Sign up to swap one hour of your time for one hour of somebody else’s. They are also offering workshops in the coming weeks on social media for your business (22 Mar) and using LinkedIn to grow your network (7 Apr). Check it out here:

Beyond COVID-19
On 15 & 16 March at 4pm Ignite Me Workshop Theatre will be streaming their Zoom workshops live on YouTube and performing Beyond COVID-19, an improvised play based on the lived experience of disabled people during the pandemic. Watch the performance at

Irises in Bloom with Sangeeta Weatherley
Sangeeta is running a couple of art workshops with Hogarth House on 11 and 23 April on a flower that was admired by and an inspiration for Hogarth himself. Further details. Tickets £10.

Freelance Facilitator Needed (primary)
Hogarth House is looking for a facilitator to deliver two virtual primary school workshops. Deadline: 9am on Monday 15th March. Further details


Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery
Creative freelancers from across London are invited to help amplify the voices of the self-employed, across the culture sector. To give space for freelancers to shape and demonstrate their role in the recovery of London’s creative and cultural industries, as well as in wider civic spaces. Find out more: