A Welsh digital arts platform has announced that Michael Sheen is funding a new support and skills scheme for creative freelancers in Wales.
Creative Ambitions Wales is an online program designed by creatives for creatives and run by AM amam.cymru, the arts presentation website and app in Wales.
Launched in March 2020, AM was created as Wales’ first cultural digital platform which would be a way to share and discover Welsh creativity from theater to literature, music, film and more .
The Creative Ambition program aims to support freelancers who have been hit hard by the pandemic, including those in the performing arts, events and live sectors like live performance.
Creative Ambitions offers a curated selection of modules, live group discussions and access to a closed community space.
Once enrolled, participants can take sessions as ten-week courses or at a pace that suits them, with plenty of additional content accessible at their leisure.
Participants will also have access to support and networking opportunities with other creatives, as well as the dedicated support of a small group of creative mentors.
Topics covered will include topics such as audience awareness, creative problem solving, smart risk taking and creative problem solving, to networking skills, overcoming impostor syndrome, costing your work and the technical aspects of freelancing.
Change the game
Michael Sheen says “I am delighted to fund and support Creative Ambitions Wales, the premier skills scheme for creative freelancers. It’s a community of support, skills and inspiration, it will help people to continue in the creative career they have chosen.
“Supporting creative freelancers, an often overlooked group of talent, is especially important. They have so much to offer, not only creatively, but also socially and economically. I can’t wait to see him progress. »
Rachael Brown, Freelancer, says: “Having Michael fund this program is a game changer, being a creative freelancer has been particularly challenging over the past couple of years and it’s often difficult to invest in skills.
“That’s where Creative Ambitions comes in, full of positivity, small hands-on sessions delivered online that adapt to people’s schedules. I’m excited to work with him on this program. We want have an impact and a legacy, and our partnership with AM is an important step in that direction.
Alun Llwyd, AM’s Managing Director, said: “AM is about giving creatives across Wales and from all walks of life access to a digital platform and a huge audience to celebrate and share their work. . Having a pioneering program such as Creative Ambitions Wales on AM feels like a natural fit, and it’s a privilege to play a small part in spreading this brilliant resource.”
According to Julia Forster, author, coach and publicist and Creative Ambitions participant, “Creative Ambitions Wales is an incredibly rich resource for freelancers and artistic practitioners in Wales working in the creative industries. There is a vibrant network, resources of first-rate to create and maintain a professional creative practice and much more.
“It’s inspiring what’s on offer and of huge potential benefit to practitioners in Wales. I would absolutely recommend anyone in the creative industries in Wales to become a member to make the most of the free resources on offer.
The Creative Ambitions Wales channel on AM has more information on the content and how to apply for the programme.
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