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Open To Create . . . Celebrating endings to create bright new beginnings in 2013

It’s that time of year at Open To Create... HQ when we are reflecting on the year coming to a close and what 2013 holds in store... The theme for this this newsletter is being grateful for the gifts we already have and growing these in the coming months... We have been blessed in 2012 to meet up with you and a wealth of new inspirational individuals and organisations who are supporting us to grow more robust and sustainable creative businesses.. Keep reading to find out more... more...

EVENTS We have the following events you will want to sign up for...

Totally Bazaar – Pop Up Market Proud Camden with Yelp London 7.30pm – 10pm

6th December 2012

We have busying beavering away in preparation for this amazing evening offering a chance to sample a wealth of the best of London’s maker’s of art, food and drink. And sadly, due to not feeling tip top, we won’t be bringing our Speed portrait drawing and cosmic collaging out to play. Boo! And don’ don’t let that stop you... you get down and get amongst the all the stalls Alex @ Yelp London has brought together... wrap up warm and be ready to get some Christmas bargains!

Creative Pit Stop Xmas dinner Salvation Jane Unit 2, 1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Road EC1Y 1HQ 6pm – 10pm

12th December 2012

An informal festive gathering for those of us who don’t have an office party and those of you who do and want more fun! Bring a Creative Secret Santa Santa up to £5 (made, (made, bought or salvaged). It’s an easy way to meet new people, enjoy yummy food and drinks... and who knows what Santa will gift you under the tree! Call Anna 07941 655 856 to book your place or join in the conversation

Creative Pit Stop Dinner & Drawing Drawing Open To Create... HQ 4 Jones House, Blair St, E14 0NT 6pm for 6.30pm-10pm

10th January 2013

How about some supper and drawing? A chance to play with drawing however much you have done before and enjoy a hearty supper. “I loved coming along and surprised myself at how much fun I had. I enjoyed the different ways we played with the drawing. drawing. Super yummy food too!” too D&D guest This is for a limited number of folk and a cover charge of £10 is being asked to cover the cost of materials and food. To secure your place please transfer £10 (non-fundable). Use your full name as a reference into Open To Create... Sort code: 30-92-90 Account: 25272768 Call Anna 07941 655 856 or email for more information

East London Creative Business Women Network #ELCBWN Venue: In East London - TBC 6pm – 8.30pm

28th January 2013 2013

What is it? - A regular monthly meeting space to openly discuss ideas and challenges with other women creative business leaders in East London, UK. We are about inspiring new ideas, collaborations and creating new income to thrive. Who is it for? - Women creative business leaders and owners in East London. So far in the first two meetings we have met amazing women running fashion, jewellery, hardware, photography and community development businesses. To join in book your free place by clicking here For more information call Anna 07941 655 856 or Petra deep:black 07963 492 880. Do also share with anyone who you know in your East London networks... thanks!

Ignite Your Creativity Retreat National Trust property near Maldon Essex, UK Friday – Monday Friday 25th-Monday 28th January 2013

Spend over 3 days with 9 other creative practitioners and /or business owners sharing time, space, conversations and creative sessions to vision yourself your most creative & successful 2013. You will hosted in a cosy, exclusive National Trust property with a twist 1 ½ hours out of London – more details once you apply. You will be fuelled by creative company, home cooked veggie food, warmed by a well stoked wood burner and nurtured by walks in nature. During your retreat you will work with a range of creative tools from walking meditations, one to one coaching sessions and group creative making (so far book and bread making workshops). And if you wanted the time away to do none of these you are also most welcome – we are offering the space for you to find your own creative treasures however that fits for you over the 4 days. Prices - £700 per person to attend including all vegetarian meals, materials, accommodation and pre/post retreat support call. We still have places– book yours via email

Coaching Taster Session Whitechapel Idea Store, London E1 1BU 10am -1pm

23rd February 2013

In partnership with Idea Store Learning we are running a taster session to discover the power of simple and effective coaching tools. During the session you will grow your understanding of communication skills to boost your confidence and chances of success in 2013. * Learn how to effectively set and achieve your goals * Improve your communication skills using basic coaching tools * Develop successful questioning techniques to boost access to new opportunities To express interest in a place call Anna 07941 655 856. In early 2013 we will have course code and number to book via Idea Stores across Tower Hamlets. A 5 week week series of classes classes learning the Basics Basics of Coaching Coaching launches th Wednesday Wednesday evenings 6.30pm – 9pm 9pm from 27 February February – 27th March 2013. 2013. More next newsletter newsletter – email to express an interest.

Creative Internet Optimisation – join your dots Venue: Central London TBC 10.30am for 11am – 6pm

2nd March 2013

This workshop has been especially created to ‘unspangle’ your brain when it comes to getting your head around the jargon and processes known as SEO – search engine optimisation. Sam Deane is an expert in helping SME’s make sense of and the most out of SEO techniques. This practical one day workshop will de-mystify the techniques and approaches to making the Internet and Google work best for you. Together with the group you will discover nifty ways to tap into your natural creativity to drive more traffic to your online sites and in the long term increase your website rankings and sales. Please bring a laptop/tablet laptop/tablet/smartphone. /tablet/smartphone. • You will analyse your current knowledge and learn new tools to boost traffic to your site/s • You will leave knowing you have your own creative & authentic approach to SEO Call Anna 07941 655 856 or email to book.

Sharing our love for other cre creative reative inspirers... Shout out time to an inspirational organisation who has been supporting Open To Create... to grow!

Pop Up Circus This collective platform of contemporary activity are beacon of open minded, creative collaboration that stand to make a big mark on London’s contemporary arts, music, performance and all round loveliness scenes. Founder Simon Roth leads by example with a generosity of spirit and creative vision. He is a internationally booked musician, composer and director of the Pop Up Circus collective. Get involved with their events, submit new work for inclusion in future events and if you are looking for a great place to learn about event management contact Simon as he is always looking for more volunteers Pop – Up Circus V @ Rhythm Factory 21st December 2012 6pm – 6am 6am Xmas Party @ Rhythm Factory 21st December 2012 6pm – 6am 6am Website: Twitter:


Top Tip As winter is upon do allow yourself the chance to rest... Yes rest... so many of our clients struggle to stop (well we do too!) and it’s rooted in a belief of ‘not wanting to do nothing’. Well here’s a thing even at rest our bodies are busy creating new cells, processing, digesting and assimilating information. So that’s a good enough reason to rest, if there ever was one, especially as the pace picks up party-wise pre Xmas! “Resting 100% is as essential to your creative health as giving your full out 100%” 100%”

Next up... up... Seeking the the support you need... Creative MOT Diagnostic session During a series of prep work exercises and face to face 1 hour one to one you will explore your visions for the coming 12 months and leave with a clear strategy and action sets for achieving them. £30 for students £40 for recent grads (in the last year) / set up in business for 1 year £50 for grads out of college for over a year / in business for over 1 year Then follow this session up with a 4, 6 or 12 month programme programme of Creative MOT support to grow your practice and/or business. We are keeping our 2012 prices until end of January 2013 4 month programme


6 month programme


12 month programme


Future, uture, future events with Open To Create... Annual Business Training programme Due for release in mid 2013 starting January 2014 Expressions of interest are being taken for the year long course Call Anna 07941 655 856 or email to find out more.

And finally... finally... Do keep in touch with Open To Create... as it’s great to hear what you have been creating You can stay in touch in the following ways; Call us

07941 655 856

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Once again a massive thank you for your ongoing support in sustaining Open To Create... over these last 12 months. We know we are here because of all your ongoing support and we are grateful for that. Have a truly wonderful festive season and a hugely enjoyable, creative and profitable 2013... let us know what you get up to!

Anna B. Sexton Director Open To Create...

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