Kent Creative Connect – One Day

A day long event for Kent creative professionals.

A day long networking and learning event for creative professionals and artists with opportunities to meet with fellow creatives and to listen to a number of professionals talking about issues that matters to the creative sector. Our ultimate goal being to support and promote the artistic, cultural and creative sector in the county as a whole.



Everyone who attended the event received a free one year subscription to ArtMarketDirect. The winning team with the Quiz receive a three year subscription to ArtMarketDirect

Attendees also had a chance to win



10:00   Arrival and networking

11:00   Talk by Denise Wilton from the Mylan Focus : Using Relationship Marketing To Promote Your Arts Business Better.

Denise runs a successful business & marketing consultancy in Medway, she’s also a professional actress and offers interactive workshops on a range of themes. In her talk, Denise discusses the changing face of marketing and event promotion, from her years as the Arts Marketing Manager of the theatres, art galleries and arts outreach work in Medway right through to a new digital era where relationship marketing and social media offers new opportunities. Marketing on a shoe string does not necessarily mean low impact and low reach. In fact Denise demonstrates how just one person can reach 1,000s, build a brand, promote events and sell with a careful strategy!


11:30   Discussion Panel: The role and importance of arts and culture in Kent. 

How arts and culture bring positive changes to the county, as they impact on our society, on individuals, on the local economy and on tourism… How is it all working for us in Kent?


12:30   Lunch

13:30   Talk by Crista Cloutier from The Working Artist: The Journey of a Working Artist: Creating a Career in the Arts 

In this talk, Crista Cloutier explores the journey of the artist, how one finds voice, develops it, and uses it to create a professional career as a working artist. Cloutier uses her own background as an arts dealer, curator, publisher, writer and artist to illustrate her message of the importance of practice, authenticity, and the coupling of tenacity with audacity. She also speaks of the countless artists she has collaborated with, both blue-chip and just-emerging, and the lessons they have taught her about devotion to craft and work. 

14:00   Talk by Sian Murphy and Mark Jennings from Stormchasers Digital : What you need to know before you get your website.

Making sure you own and have access to all the bits you need, what are the costs, expectations about what will and won’t happen when it goes live.

14:30   One-to-ones
6 x 10 mns sessions 

  • Jon Linstrum (Arts Council England): discuss a project you are planning to apply to the Arts Council for
  • Sian Murphy and Mark Jennings (Stormchasers Digital): discuss your website, whether you have one or not
  • Crista Cloutier (The Working Artist): bring your career challenges or marketing questions
  • Penelope James (Penelope James PR): discuss your PR strategy
  • Denise Wilton (Mylan Focus): discuss your needs in terms of promotion, marketing, social media
  • Random one-to-ones with other attendees

15:30   Quiz results & Working Artist Competition Draw

15:45   Networking

16:30   Close

When: Friday 8th December 2017 from 10:00am to 4:30pm

Where: The Alexander Centre, 15 Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NZ (Car park instructions HERE)

Cost:  £25 with buffet lunch. £15 without buffet lunch.