Funding Strategies Workshop – October 28th online


A day long online workshop on devising and developing experimental documentary projects.

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Funding Strategies

What is it?

Few photographers go into the field for the money, but we still need financial resources to make new work and keep mind and soul together.

This workshop looks at several different options for funding new work, from a detailed overview of preparing applications for traditional grants, competitions and residencies, to running an effective crowdfunding for a project, and establishing an online store to sell books, prints and other outcomes from your practice.

To get maximum benefit from the day participants should come to this workshop with an idea for a project they might like to fundraise for, either to fund shooting of it, or an output like an exhibition or a book.

Timetable (GMT)

8.50 – Participants gather ready to start.

9.00 to 10.30 – Preparing to apply, assembling key materials for fundraising, and writing a killer proposal.

10.30 – 11.00 – First break and activity.

11.00 – 12.30 – Finding traditional grants and residencies and tailoring your application materials to them.

12.30 – 13.30 – Second break and activity.

13.30 – 15.00 – Planning, running and fulfilling a successful crowdfunding campaign.

15.00 – 15.30 – Third break and activity.

15.30 – 17.00 – Setting up an online store to sell products and services. Conclusion and Q&A.

How the workshop delivered?
The workshop is broken into four elements delivered online over the course of a day, with activities to work on between each workshop element. The workshop is taught using a browser based video conferencing platform called Jitsi. You’ll be sent a link to join, there is no need to create an account or download anything. At the end you will also be sent a recording of the workshop along with a list of resources and further reading.

Who is leading it?
My name is Lewis Bush, I’m a photographer, researcher and writer. I have extensive experience of online teaching including teaching for nearly a decade on the London College of Communications MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (online) which I also ran for three years. I have been running these workshops since 2019 and have trained over 500 people through them. You can read my full bio here.

The fine print:
I believe workshops should be small enough for a good level of interaction, so workshops are capped at 10 participants. I also need at least six people to sign up for the workshop to run. In the unlikely event of a workshop needing to be cancelled participants will have their full fee returned to them. Participants needing to cancel up to two weeks before the workshop will have their fee returned less a 20% charge. Cancellations made less than a week before the day of the workshop are non-refundable.

You can read some testimonials about the Studio Workshops program here.

If you’ve got any question please get in contact with me here.