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Made In Hackney Wick: Call for Creatives

Made In Hackney Wick

Call for Creatives to participate in free programme of digital skills development

FREE programme:

Learn how to create better photography and video content of your work to promote it in different ways.  

Yodomo presents Made In Hackney Wick, an innovative and absolutely free programme of digital upskilling workshops that aims to help generate potential new revenue streams for Hackney Wick and Fish Island-based artists, designers, makers, crafters and creatives by converting creative skills and expertise to online courses and digital content. With support from Yodomo and local freelance professional digital creators, photographers, branding experts and online workshop leaders, participants will learn how to monetise their creative skills by learning several aspects of digital creation.

The creative sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and new ways to monetise creative skills are more essential than ever. In partnership with the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone, funded by the Mayor of London, Made In Hackney Wick will champion local creatives by providing the skills necessary to bring their practice to new audiences. 

  • When: 6 weeks, weekly (2-4pm) from 14th October 2020 (Sessions will also be recorded and will be shared with programme participants online
  • Where: Zoom online workshops (password locked, invited access only), participants will need an internet enabled device (ideally desktop/laptop)
  • Application Deadline: EXTENDED: midnight, 7th OCT 2020

What does it involve?

Ten successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in the free programme, consisting of seven workshops across seven weeks, including:

  • How to effectively tell your story
  • Developing your online brand
  • Portrait and studio photography
  • Planning your online course
  • Understanding SEO
  • Hosting a live online demo
  • Filming, editing and audio tips

The programme will take the form of weekly online workshops starting on 14th October 2020. We understand that participants may not be able to attend each session so if they are unavailable for a session, each workshop will also be recorded and can be accessed afterwards by the cohort. 

The outcome will be a set of skills that will enable participants to bring their creative skills to an online audience, producing online sales, digital courses and ideas about how to monetise these skills via existing platforms. 

What you’ll come out with: 

You’ll leave the programme with a set of digital skills to extend your practice and a stronger understanding of the platforms where you might be able to monetise their creative skills. We’ll be working with you to learn new skills and then test these techniques during the programme, developing a bank of personalised digital content that you can use immediately. 

  • The opportunity to focus on creating digital content that will help develop your business
  • Tailored support to help you get the most out of your time on the programme 
  • A structured process featuring regular weekly workshops, free online resources, ad-hoc catch-ups where required, feedback on content created and sharing of skills and experiences 
  • A peer community of potential local collaborators for current and future projects


About you:

  • You have developed creative skills associated with your art or craft, and you may have already be teaching these skills at in-person workshops
  • You have an open and curious approach to your own work and to the work of others in the Hackney Wick and Fish Island community
  • You are committed to broadening your digital skills to support the development of your business but you need some support 
  • You may be well versed in using online platforms and social media, have tinkered, or have some great ideas but need help in executing some of these ideas 

Who this programme is for:

Creatives (artists, craftspeople, makers or designers) need to be aged 18 or over across any discipline who live or work within the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) of Hackney Wick and Fish Island are invited to apply (see map here).

Those from underrepresented groups within the creative community are especially encouraged to apply. This includes:

  • Disabled
  • Low income 
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic 

What we will expect of participants: 

  • Enthusiasm and ambition to grow and develop your practice through learning digital skills. 
  • Attendance of the live online workshops with exercises to complete afterwards (we understand that sometimes there are diary clashes so will be pre-recording all sessions for access by the group)
  • A sharing of ideas throughout the programme 
  • Some reflection and feedback on your time with us
  • Availability online 2-4pm on Wednesdays from 14th October for 6 weeks

Application process

We have kept the application process as simple as possible. You will be asked to complete a short form where we will ask for: 

  • Your name
  • Your creative practice
  • Some examples of your work or an online destination showcases your work 
  • confirmation that you live or work within the CEZ
  • A statement about what you think you would get out of the programme and how you’d like to develop your digital skills

The programme is free for participants, who will be selected through an open application process that aims to reflect the diversity and breadth of creative enterprises within the CEZ. 

To apply, please fill out the form below by midnight, 7th October 2020. Applicants will be notified by 9th October 2020 (extended). 

For applicants not selected for this CEZ programme, Yodomo is continuously finding ways to roll out this training programme and you can opt to find out more about these future events. Find out about our next low-cost programme here. #madeinhackneywick



About Yodomo:

The team at Yodomo will run the Made in Hackney Wick programme. Yodomo is a Hackney-based organisation that shares creative skills both online through digital courses and via public workshops, working with its strong network of diverse artists, designer-makers and craftspeople and in partnership with other organisations. Since its inception in 2017, Yodomo has provided workshops for several well-known organisations, including Oxo Tower, Clerkenwell Design Week, Life Lessons at the Barbican, Also Festival, Ticketmaster, Innocent, Kickstarter, and more. Yodomo’s mission is to improve people’s lives by helping them achieve their creative potential as well as improving wellbeing and supporting sustainability through making. Since the beginning of COVID-19, it has initiated the Making a Living Programme which aims to teach creatives and makers how to develop new revenue streams via online platforms and digital content creation.

About Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone:

Hackney Wick and Fish Island is one of London’s first Creative Enterprise Zones - areas of London where artists and creative businesses can find permanent affordable space to work; are supported to start-up and grow; and where local people are helped to learn creative sector skills and find new jobs. 

Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone (HWFI CEZ) focuses on protecting and enhancing one of the world’s most recognisable ‘at risk’ communities of creators, including artists, makers, designers and performers working across the cultural, creative, digital and tech industries.

The Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone is funded by the Mayor London and managed jointly by LB Tower Hamlets, LB Hackney and the London Legacy Development Corporation working closely with local stakeholders.


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