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The Clayhill Creative Forum

5th March 2021 @ 10:00 - 16:00

The Clayhill Creative Forum is an online space to come together and discuss the things that matter. A space to connect with one another and share thoughts and advice on what’s been working during this time in Lockdown. We’ll be looking at what’s not been working so well too and what we might be needing in order make things work better in our digital, physical and otherwise hybrid futures.

Using the platform Hopin, we will be showcasing our facilities, sharing resources, as well as hosting live virtual discussions with our chosen panelists.

Throughout the day you will be able to hop in and out of a number of digital spaces to access pre-recorded training sessions as well as listen to the live talks and learn more about the artists we have been working with here at Clayhill.

There is a networking component integrated into the platform, which allows attendees to connect randomly with one another, a bit like creative speed dating or networking roulette! This is something we’ve all missed over the past year – those spontaneous and unplanned meetings at events, openings and shows, where you might end up talking to someone you’ve not met before. This is a digital version of that, so we hope by attending that you will have fun connecting and meeting someone new.

An example of how the Hopin platform works when you are visiting can be seen here.

Panel Discussions and Artist Talks:

The future of craft – exploring the benefits and flaws of selling online

Featuring: R&A Collaborations, Katie Honnor from Madebyhandonline, Jennifer Collier, Sarah James from Craft Festival

During this session we will be discussing the impact of digital on contemporary craft, how this has impacted on shows and the selling events that are a vital part of a maker’s calendar and whether objects and the handmade even work online at all?

Artist as entrepreneur – how to create your own opportunities and apply Creative Strategies to a rapidly changing environment

Featuring: Rosalind Davis, Justin Hibbs

After delivering a successful Online Summer School with Clayhill last year, Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs will join us for a reflection on the Creative Strategies needed by artists and creatives to make your own opportunities and adapt to the rapidly changing environment.

Building your own online gallery – how taking the plunge pays off

Featuring: Lisa Cole

Artist and Designer Lisa Cole was a participant of the summer school, actively taking on board the creative strategies and set up her own online gallery. During this talk she will be sharing what she has learnt about herself and about her own practice along the way and the opportunities this has opened up for her during the pandemic.

Embracing the Digital – Making Art with a digital focus

Featuring: Dave Webb

Creative Technologist and Digital Artist Dave Webb will join us for a discussion about his work, detailing how the complete immersion into digital has affected his practice over the past year and explore the Creative Coding Course he will be delivering with us later this year.

Translating the Land – how a Material based practice works in a Digital Environment

Featuring AIR Lotte Scott 

In the week leading up to the forum, we will be joined by Somerset based artist Lotte Scott who will be spending a week at Clayhill Arts in residence. Using the site and its materials as inspiration, Lotte will be exploring alternative ways of working and how best to share her material based practice digitally. During this talk she will discuss her time on residency and how the past year has affected her own arts practice.

We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.

We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.

Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).

All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering

Clayhill Arts is an independent organisation and this is a not for profit event. We are charging a small fee of £5:00 to cover the running costs of the Hopin platform and included in your ticket price is access to all of the talks and sessions taking place throughout the day, a physical copy of our Clayhill Quarterly magazine, which will only be available as an online download throughout the rest of the year. You will also have access to the training resources and networking opportunities available and we encourage you to contribute to the online discussion during the event as this will help form the future of our Online Creative Forums and in turn influence our course programme and future live events.

Any profits made from the event will go towards supporting digital poverty, something that has become a real highlight during the pandemic.

Only if you want to! This is an independent 'room' on the platform which you can choose to go in to or not. You will be matched up with other attendees who have signed up to the room as well and spend a 10 minute window with them. You can exchange details via a button on the screen and if you choose to, you can break out and set up a longer 1:1 meeting with them through the chat and video component in the platform.

Yes, we are making recordings of all of the sessions, so as a ticket holder you will have access to all of these and sent details about accessing these a week after the event has finished.

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Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.


The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.


As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics.  It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.


I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.


As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met. 


We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.


Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.


Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring


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