The hub’s Julia Payne has over 20+ years’ experience of working in the creative as a fundraiser, marketer, producer and consultant. She earned her stripes working in music venues, including London’s Barbican Centre, as development director at a music charity and as a producer. After a spell as a touring officer at Arts Council England, in 2002 she co-founded the hub, with the aim of building the capacity of the independent arts sector she’d grown up in professionally.   

She introduces the upcoming series of talks she is running though The Hub to us:

That those of us working in the creative sector are 3 times more likely to develop a mental health condition than the average UK citizen is hardly surprising when you consider the realities of working in our sector, even before Covid 19 hit our shores.

But now, with artists and creative freelancers and entrepreneurs struggling to make sense of how to live and make a living in light of the pandemic, we need our wits about us more than ever. Yet, at the same time, many of us feel like we’re actually at our wit’s end.

This series of friendly and practical sessions will explore this with topics including exactly why we all need to balance our minds if we want to balance our books, especially during a period of such seismic change and ungoing uncertainty.

It’s for those of us who know instinctively that we need to take better care of our mental health, but never quite get round to making it top of our to do list… For those of us who are struggling to quieten their minds, make a plan, get motivated, concentrate better, or sleep… Who want to re-group, re-emerge and re-imagine… Who want a brighter future for ourselves and for our sector.

You can find out more about Julia’s online mental health for creatives events at the link for The Hub below.

We will be welcoming Julia in her other role of arts business advisor to talk to us about business planning for digital creatives, if you hate business planning this is the talk for you! See link below.

Sign up for Julia’s talk with us here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/business-planning-for-people-who-dont-like-business-planning-tickets-110255798060

More info on Julia’s work here: https://thehubuk.com/

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