We are creating newness…

here at Open To Create… HQ

We’ve been beavering away over the last few months delving into what makes you, our customers, tick and the wider creative & cultural industries plus refreshing our branding in the run up to a re-launch of our website coming this Autumn 2016. Massive thanks to Daisy McMullan & Ellen Stewart for all your hard work over these last few months… and to everyone of you who took part in our surveys… #thankyou

This blog site will remain as an archive of all the amazing times we have had since 2011!

In the coming days www.opentocreate.com will lead you to a holding page whilst we write new creative copy, snap fabulous new photos for our website!

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Festival of Human Organising 16-18th June 2016

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Gratitude for being part of a creative sharing economy…

We are delighted so many of our Open To Create… & wider arts and creative industry community to the time to share all about what makes you tick, what you value & those steps you take to take your creative career to the next levels…

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We had a whooping 40.35% increase in participation this year thanks to the hard work of Daisy McMullan and many of you spreading the word for us! THANK YOU!

More about what we have learnt once we have crunched our way through the wealth fo data and feedback…

Take our new survey!

Take our survey

We know you love learning, creativity and continuing to upskill… we’d love to hear about your experiences of Open To Create… and your continuing professional development in our new survey.

If you are working with us or have worked with us in the past CLICK HERE

If you you have not worked directly with us CLICK HERE

We’re rebranding and building an exciting new website to be able to continue to offer you more opportunities to learn and be creative. We’re offering all participants in our survey the chance to be entered into a prize draw to win £40 of Cass Art vouchers, and to join us for a branding and marketing workshop,  networking event and focus group in May.

If you’re an existing client of Open To Create… please take the survey below:O2CClientSurvey2016

If you haven’t worked with us before, please take this survey below and tell us what you think about continuing professional development:

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Thank you for helping us find out more about how we can grow with you into the future and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Rising now spring has sprung…

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Celebrate your creativity as spring and the clocks have sprung forward! April is World Creativity & Innovation week too…

We are celebrating the creativity ventures of Hen Norton with her new film Born & Reared, Gabrielle Hine’s marathon of a challenge to fundraise for The PSP Association whilst she runs the London Marathon for the first time and we are re-starting off our Creative Masterminding group Friday 1st April – email anna@opentocreate.com for more information.

Our latest newsletter is out today… read it HERE

You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter and the occasional special updates via HERE

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March is all about getting out & about and…

Can we tempt you to get out & about to discover more about your creative self?

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Starting to feel like you are coming out of that winter metaphorical ‘cave’? And curious about what’s happening out & about this March that will make you feel more of a spring in your step?

We have a cracking mixture to make your March more marvellous without a chocolate egg insight!

We are taking part in the first ever Museums & Wellbeing week 29th Feb – 6th March by running a sharing & networking event 3rd March 2016 at Hackney Museum – find out more here.

Try out getting lost to get found through our Get Lost artist walk on 19th March. We are proud to be part of Find Your London Festival 18-28th March 2016 #findyourLDN

READ MORE via our March 2016 newsletter…

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Get Lost Walks are back…

We are delighted that Get Lost Walks will be making more of a regular appearance in our calender this year… artist led walks in the wilds of East London…

19th March 1pm – 3.30pm starting from Mile End station – ending up in Victoria Park as part of Find Your London festival.

“We would like to thank you for your ‘Find your London’ project proposal, we appreciate your time and effort. We’d be delighted to include ‘Get Lost – creative artist walks with a twist…’ in the festival programme.” https://www.london.gov.uk/find-your-london

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Ways to start off 2016 in authentic & creative ways to stay centred in yourself?

January edition of Open To Create… newsletter is out today…

This can be a funny ol’ time of year neither feeling like it’s not really a ‘new’ year yet with the festive season still milling around the edges of our sight lines but not really feeling the ‘momentum’ that we could easily believe we are ‘supposed to feel this time of year…

Read it here

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Links

January newsletter http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e9d8c72e3d&id=1597bbea3e

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Here’s to new beginnings…

We want to wish well for your unique creative journey ahead of you in 2016…

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However you like to review your last year & re-vision the coming year this poem may inspire you… (thanks to Kanada Gorla for sending this through to us) – we look forward to hearing from you over the coming year about what inspires your #everydaycreativity?

New Beginning by John O’Donahue
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you
Image taken by Anna B. Sexton of street art by Donk London

We are hiring…

Marketing and business development freelancer

Calling Bright Sparks

We are hiring… seeking a bright spark!

Description of role

Open To Create… is a creativity, innovation and enterprise development social business. We are looking to recruit a Marketing and business development freelance professional who will develop and implement marketing strategies and action plans with ambitions to grow beyond just targets.

Our aim for the 12 month contract is to increase the company’s profile and bottom line across a web, social media platforms and selected offline tools to reach out to core audiences increasing sales and repeat clients.

Criteria for application:

  1. Current CV including LinkedIn profile link
  2. No more than 3-page cover letter stating how your experience matches our needs with two current clients and/or employers as references (state if we may contact prior to interview).
  3. An outline 1 page plan for how you would deliver the contract over the 12 months

Deadline for submission:            5pm Friday 18th December 2015

Interview date:                                Wednesday 6th January 2016

Contact:                                            Anna B. Sexton

anna@opentocreate.com

07941 655 856

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