practical, relevant & affordable

arts training

I think that training should be both useful and enjoyable. I keep the pace up and the focus on activities and discussion, so you leave with your questions answered and an action plan to get started. I can offer in-house training, deliver for artist development programmes or guest lecture. You're also welcome to buy in a training day for your organisation and then make it a public training session to cover the costs.

1 day

Funding bid writing

An introduction to who funders are and how the application process works, followed by a series of activities exploring different sections of a bid. I ask attendees to come with a (real or hypothetical) project idea so that you can leave with notes or drafts ready to write a bid. Designed for first time bid writers and for those who want to hone their skills or increase their success rate.

1/2 day

Intro to arts finance

This is finance for those with little previous experience or people who would rather wrestle a crocodile than do a budget. We will demystify budgets, look at finance planning for your project and share the spreadsheet love.

1/2 day


A chance to explore the crowdfunding phenomenon, test out different platforms and begin campaign planning.

1 day

Arts project management

An overview of each stage of arts project management, from planning through to evaluation. We will cover an introduction to budgeting and marketing arts projects and hone your project idea.

1/2 day

Creative evaluation

Time to focus on evaluation planning. We will consider how to structure your evaluation to ensure you're collecting the data you need and telling the story you want to tell. We will also explore a range of creative ways of capturing feedback for evaluation purposes.

to suit you

Bespoke training

I'm happy to tailor existing training sessions or put something together to suit your area of work. Previously this has included GDPR and finance for artists, fundraising specifically for a library context, budgeting for emerging producers, business planning for creative start ups, risk assessment and events management for young people.


©2019 by Christina Poulton. Image credits: the brilliant Fluxx Films