Creative Network West is a community of creatives in the borough of Hounslow and the surrounding area. We bring together practitioners and businesses in the creative sector to encourage new connections and collaborations, peer support and business development opportunities.
We run monthly networking events, produce a regular newsletter that signposts events, opportunities, and resources, and run projects like Virtual Studios West and our forthcoming peer mentoring programme, West London Creative Producers.
What’s the background?
The Creative Network is run by Hounslow Creative People and Places on behalf of Creative Enterprise West, a Creative Enterprise Zone funded by the GLA as a 2-year project to develop the creative industries in Hounslow.
The Creative Network aims to build a self-sustaining network of creatives that will continue to grow and to flourish beyond the period of the GLA funding.
Who is it for?
The Network is for creatives living or working in the borough of Hounslow and the surrounding area. Whether you’re a freelancer, a micro-enterprise, or part of a larger company; artist, maker, writer, designer, in media or digital, architect or performer…we want to hear from you!
Who are we?
The Creative Network Coordinator, Robin Vaughan-Williams, is based at Watermans in Brentford as part of the CPP Hounslow team.
The rest is up to you!
Take a look at our New Directions newsletter from May 2020 to get an idea of some of the things our members have been up to under lockdown.
What We Do
We run regular networking events, with opportunities for members to share skills and work, make connections, and feed into future plans.
We produce a monthly newsletter (3rd Friday of each month) with events, opportunities, and space for members to share their own news. You can contribute to the newsletter using this submission form. Listings must be received at least two days before the second Friday of the month.
See a sample newsletter here: MAY 2020.
We are also planning:
- business development workshops around areas such as negotiating skills and engaging the media
- creative groups for artists, writers, actors/performers, and film & photography
- a professional directory of creative business in Hounslow
- projects such as Virtual Studios (summer 2020).
We’re looking out for ideas and people who’d like to make them happen. Would you like to develop a scratch night or help organise an art trail? Get in touch!
- sign up to our newsletter by filling in the registration form
- come along to one of our networking events (see Events below)
- contact Robin (Creative Network Co-ordinator) to find out how you can get involved
If you have skills to offer, we’d love to hear about it. Perhaps you’d like to run a workshop, lead a discussion, or start a group. The Creative Network is what you make it.
Come along to these events but please book your space so we know numbers. Thank you! Events are free unless otherwise indicated.
Thu 17 December, 7–9pm: Collaborations! It’s speed dating with a twist. Our December networking event is all about making unexpected connections and generating new ideas. Book here.
Thu 19 November: Simba Masaku in Conversation. All things screen, with local indie filmmaker and director of Hound (2017). Watch the interview on WatermansArts YouTube.
Thu 15 October: The Creative Process. An exploration of the creative process in different areas of the creative sector. Watch the discussion on WatermansArts YouTube.
Thu 17 September: Writing out of Lockdown. Writing sharing session.
27 June to 5 July: Virtual Studios. Take a tour of Hounslow’s artists through Instagram. More info.
Wed 13 May: Creative Minds. A discussion of creativity, motivation, and wellbeing under lockdown.
Wed 29 April: Creative Business Clinic one-to-ones with Carl Schoenfeld.
Wed 1 April: How We Adapt . A virtual networking event exploring how we are adapting challenging circumstances under Covid-19.
Wed 18 March, 6–8pm: Markets and Spaces. CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. A new creatives market is coming to Boston Manor Park. Get the low down and have your say.
Wed 13 February, 7–9pm: Challenges Faced by Women Entrepreneurs in Creative Business (and how to solve them). A workshop with Ariane Eva Morin of the Gaia Network.
Tue 28 January, 7–9pm: Meet the Maker Station (sustainability in creative practice)
You can ask members questions on our Facebook group, where we also post news and opportunities in between newsletters. On Instagram we’re creativenetworkwest, and on Twitter we’re part of @CPPHounslow.