FREE EVENT - BELAY Launch: ‘Make Your Creativity Pay’


FREE EVENT - BELAY Launch: ‘Make Your Creativity Pay’

Tuesday 26 August - 12pm to 4pm

Join us for the launch of The Art House’s BELAY Programme. A chance to meet members of The Art House Team, hear from (and pick the brains of) our panel of hand-picked creative industry experts and find out about the BELAY Programme.


Informal networking lunch followed by our “dream dinner party” panel discussion. Be a fly on the wall or take part in a round-table discussion with our guest speakers from the worlds of creative enterprise, design, craft, the digital arts. A fun afternoon, packed to bursting with dynamic discussion, creative exchange and top tips for making your creativity pay.

Guest Speakers:

Pete Mosley – Author of ‘ Make Your Creativity Pay’ - a creative business book aimed at anyone wanting to start or develop their own small business based on the things they make and do. Having spent the last 30 years working as a freelancer in the creative sector, Pete now focuses his work in the space where creativity, self-fulfillment and business come together. This work is underpinned by thousands of hours in close conversation with creative people. Pete knows how they work and why – and from observation what works (and doesn’t work) in relation to running creative businesses.

Andy Lord - The decision he took in 2009 to make photography a career didn’t start with strategy or a business plan, but rather grew from a life long love of looking at and making photographs.  Today Andy shoots principally for advertising and branding agencies, creating natural images of people and their environments.  The career change from commute-desk-PAYE, to creative freelancer was a response to a feeling of alienation from the corporate world. There is no doubt though that his business experience has been as valuable as his camera craft.  He used to be really good with spreadsheets.  Now a camera body and a prime lens actually makes him happy.  

Katie Brown - Digital Development Mentor and digital innovator. Katie works across fields with a special interest in technology, arts, wellbeing and entrepreneurship. She develops socially aware and disruptive social innovations and incubators, supports artists and arts organisations to develop the flexible infrastructure and leadership to develop their practice and business and collaborates with artists in her own creative practice. Her  work at the intersection of digital, mental health and social enterprise led her to be nominated by the RSA for their own Fellowship programme in 2014. 

Laura Slater – Craft Development Mentor and textile artist.  Informed by the interaction of colour and shape, Laura’s design focuses on the translation of drawing and surface through hand printed processes. Her interest lies in our engagement with pattern and its ability to stimulate and communicate our responses, connecting us to the environments around us. She explores this through approaches to drawing, process, materials and product. Since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 2008, Laura runs her busy studio and print workshop in The Art House, West Yorkshire.

How to book

This event is free to visual artists (regardless of art form) living or working in Wakefield. The event includes a light lunch and refreshments. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

To book your free space, please contact