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Have you always dreamed of making and selling your own creations? Has a friend admired your work and asked if they can buy or commission a piece from you but you don't know what to charge?


Perhaps you'd like to run your own workshops but need help getting started? Or maybe you'd welcome some support with, or a fresh insight into, an existing creative business?


We are fortunate to have some very experienced creatives within our team who, as well as offering their own art and craft workshops, are able to offer business planning and development support too.


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We offer a mixture of small, open group workshops; more in-depth tailor-made one-to-one business courses; and one-to-one surgery-style consultations and mentoring. If you're not sure what would suit you best, we suggest contacting us for a free pre-booking chat first.


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with Julie Galante

This 2.5 hour workshop looks at ways to use journalling to get organised, so you can focus on the things that matter most.


Local artist, writer, and creative business mentor Julie Galante will guide you through different approaches to staying on top of your schedule and to-do list, including bullet journalling, GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology, and calendaring.


You'll discover how an effective journalling system can help free up your head space for more creative pursuits.

This workshop is available as an in-person or online option.



with Julie Galante

Make this the year you take meaningful steps towards the creative practice of your dreams.


On this 3 hour workshop, local artist, writer, and creative business mentor Julie Galante will lead you through a series of exercises that will help you develop some specific, actionable goals that really resonate with you.


With Julie's guidance, you will put together a plan to actually achieve your goals, including how to get back on track whenever life gets in the way.



with Julie Galante

A friend or acquaintance has admired your work and asked if they can buy one from you. Now what?


This full-day workshop, led by artist and creative business mentor Julie Galante, is designed for artists and makers who want to take the leap into selling their creations.


You’ll cover the basic things you need to think through to get off to a strong start, such as:


How much should you charge?

Where should you sell?

What should you sell?

How should you promote your work?

What types of records do you need to keep?

What kind of internet presence do you need?

You’ll leave with a plan of action and the confidence to move forward with this exciting new chapter of your career.

This is available as an in-person or online option.

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with Jenny Smith (The Scottish Soapworks)

Jenny owns and manages The Scottish Soapworks. She offers a range of hands-on soap and skincare making business courses which usually last from one to three days.


The length of course you need will depend on how many products you want to make, and the level of support you need with developing and marketing your brand.


On the one-day course you will cover up to two soap or skincare making methods in detail including: ingredients; suppliers; equipment; safety issues; recipes and essential oils. On the two and three-day courses you can cover more products including: traditional cold process soap; organic glycerine 'melt and pour' soap; shampoo bars; liquid soap; and, other skincare products such as hand and body cream, or lip balms.


You will go away with a bespoke pack of information including details of suppliers, legislation on creating recipes, and practical hints and tips. Jenny's business courses are arranged at a time to suit.


Prices start from £375.

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with Jenny Smith (Graphic Designer & Owner of The Scottish Soapworks)

As well as being the owner and manager of The Scottish Soapworks, Jenny is an award-winning graphic designer with many years of experience creating brands for a range of clients including Arran Aromatics, Fairtrade and Matthew Algie Coffee.


These one-to-one brand design surgeries are perfect for creatives who want to start making money from selling what they make, or for existing entrepreneurs and small creative businesses who want to review their current branding.


In this 1.5 hour, one-to-one brand design surgery you will discuss: your business idea; a brief to create your brand identity; and how you will apply your brand to ensure you have a recognisable 'look' across all your digital and printed products and marketing materials - everything from packaging to social media, and business cards to aprons.


Jenny will follow up your session with notes from the conversation, and practical suggestions on how to design your brand, and apply it to various marketing materials. Appointments are available throughout the day and evening starting from 9.30am.


Prices start from £100.


with Lynn Powell (Manager of The Arienas Collective and Creative Edinburgh Mentor)

If you would like to earn an income through sharing your creative skills and passions with others, but aren't quite sure where to start, Lynn is happy to share her experience with you.


This is free of charge to artists and makers who are interested in offering workshops as part of The Arienas Collective, and who would bring a new creative skill to add to our collection.


Lynn is also a mentor for Creative Edinburgh, and you can find out more about how to access their mentoring scheme here.


Alternatively you can book a one-hour online or phone session with Lynn for £40. Email Lynn for more information and to book a slot.

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with Lou Davis (Artist and Visual Content Creator)

Are you an artist or creative looking to create an online course or workshop? Lou has been creating online art workshops and tutorials, interviews and studio visits with artists for several years.


She can take care of the technical side of filming and producing professional video content for your course. You can also commission short promotional videos and interviews to enhance your website or social media presence.


Videos are all filmed in HD with professional lighting and Lou can provide backdrops and props for filming if required.


Lou has been working with the Arienas Collective to produce her own online course based on a workshop (in collaboration with Cass Barron) and you can see a preview of the course material here.

For an online workshop like this, you would receive a number of videos breaking down your

creative process into simple steps, an overview or promo video you can use to promote your course and still photos of your completed project to use in web or social media content.


Prices start at £140 for a short feature or £400 for an online workshop. Contact Lou for a chat about your requirements.


with Lou Davis (Artist and Visual Content Creator)

Are you looking for good quality images of your creative work to promote yourself on your website or social media, to display in your online shop or to use on leaflets and printed promotional


If you’re an artist creating 2D paintings or prints or a maker creating small 3D products, Lou can help with creating lifestyle photos that set the scenes for your work and can take high resolution images showing your work in detail and with accurate colours for your online sales and submission to galleries and exhibitions.

Lou’s style for her own handmade products uses natural but subdued lighting and she prefers to show items in context, however, she can create images using whatever style is best for your brand.

Prices start at £100. Email Lou for more information.

Our upstairs workspace

The Arienas Collective business workshops and courses for creative entrepreneurs are run from our supportive and welcoming home environment in Edinburgh's City Centre New Town.


We offer a mixture of small, open group workshops; more in-depth tailor-made one-to-one business courses (with the option to include extra people from the same business at a reduced rate); and one-to-one surgery-style consultations and mentoring.


If you're not sure what would suit you best, we suggest contacting us for a free pre-booking chat first.


Please note: The Arienas Collective workshops, courses and private group experiences are run from the first-floor of a Georgian mews building and unfortunately we do not have lift access.

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