The Farnham Creatives’ Network is a growing social group set up to provide local artists, makers, designers, educators, gallerists and creatives of all kinds with an opportunity to meet and get to know each other a little better.
Relaxed and informal gatherings are held every 6 weeks or so, hosted by Farnham Maltings, where creatives can chat over a drink and share ideas and experiences in a friendly and collaborative environment.
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The social group's reputation has grown fast and events have become really popular. They are free to attend and open to all. There is no set agenda, no formal talks or presentations, but to stimulate conversations or acknowledge an upcoming event such as Farnham’s Craft Month or Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, each session is assigned a focus.
Recent topics have included “Social Media” where photographers and brand strategists were invited along; or “Selling Via Etsy And Craft Markets”, when local artists and makers with experience of selling their work through these channels generously shared hints and tips on how to prepare, price and pack etc. Even if the theme for that evening isn’t pertinent to their own practice, people are encouraged to come along anyway for a drink and a chat with fellow creatives as the sessions are very social and a great way to feel connected.
Thu 25 January 7pm-9pm: Farnham Maltings Riverside Café
Tue 19 March 11am-1pm: New Ashgate Gallery
Fri 17 May 11am-4pm: Creatives’ Network Day at Farnham Maltings
Tue 02 July 7pm-9pm: Farnham Maltings Riverside Café
Thu 19 September 7pm-9pm: Crafts Study Centre
Thu 05 December 7pm-9pm: Farnham Pottery
“I believe that if you put creative people in a room together, stuff happens. There is a real buzz with members setting up exhibitions, festivals and events together as well as making useful connections. It’s also a great way for people moving to the area to find a creative community.”
Artist and co-founder Denise Jaques