Ludlow Open Artist Development

LOAD is Ludlow Open Artist Development, a series of 3 locally presented half day workshops designed to support your art practice outside the studio.  The workshops are offered to all artists living/working in The Marches (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire).

We are delivering two series of 3 half day workshops throughout 2017.  These can be attended individually or as a complete series, depending on your interest and schedule.  Workshops are subsidised by funding from Arts Council England, costing just £10 each.  Places are limited so please book in advance to confirm your place.

The workshops are delivered by Jo King, Director of Ludlow Open.  Jo has over ten years experience of coaching artists, setting up exhibitions and applying for funding and commissions.  Since curating the first Open in Ludlow in 2008 Jo has worked with hundreds of artists, and has developed LOAD as a response to artist requests for advice, representation and support.  Artist development events take place throughout the country, but for those working in The Marches there is limited provision, and artists spend valuable time and money travelling some distance to gain professional advice.  LOAD has been developed for regional artists as a response to local need, and we are grateful to The Arts Council for responding to this need by funding these events, keeping costs low.

These three workshops have been designed to strengthen your art practice outside the studio.  They are informative, relaxed and a great opportunity to learn and discuss ideas.

The next series of workshops will be held in July 2017: Monday 3rd, Monday 10th & Monday 17th July, from 10am to 1pm each day, in Yarpole Parish Hall, Yarpole, Leominster HR6.  The cost is £10 per artist per workshop.


A 3 hour workshop unraveling and demystifying the ‘art world’, including how to evaluate your own practice and place in the market and what to do about it.  Having an overview of art market models and practices, regionally, nationally and internationally, will support you in making stronger decisions moving forward.

Monday 3rd July 2017.  Yarpole Parish Hall, Yarpole, Leominster HR6.


A 3 hour participatory workshop exploring funding opportunities, commissioning bodies (public and private) and including how to write proposals and make approaches.  Jo will explain the importance of partnerships, leverage, using forms to help with business plans and budgets..lots of background and lots of practical support.

Monday 10th July 2017.  Yarpole Parish Hall, Yarpole, Leominster HR6.


A 3 hour participatory workshop concerning arts marketing through social networks, websites and databases.  Ditch the ‘shoulds’ and become more aware of the overall picture to make an informed choice on promoting your work and your practice. 

Monday 17th July 2017.  Yarpole Parish Hall, Yarpole, Leominster HR6.