The foundations to build upon: Project planning

Workshops and Learning , Artist Development
Thursday 5 July 2018

Thursday 5 July - Alan Bates Room at Derby Theatre -10.30am – 5pm

This workshop shares ideas on how to put the foundations in place for a successful project. It covers areas of project planning for creative ideas that need to exist in order to make them happen including; scheduling, contracting, team building, access, licencing and deadlines. By the end of the day the participants will have created a working project plan to take back into their everyday working lives.

What is the idea and what does it need to make it happen (10 – 11.30am)

-Identifying the aims and objectives of the project
-What planning areas do we need to cover?
-Who needs to be part of the planning process?

Scheduling (11.45 – 1pm)
-When does it need to happen?
-Project management tools (examples of good practice)
-Creating the plan 

Sharing the plan (2pm – 4pm)

-How can the plan be a working document?
-What happens when a project changes?
-Who needs to know about the plan?

Reflection and actions (4pm – 5pm)
-Respond to questions that have come out of the day
-Understand each participants’ actions points that they will take back into their everyday work
-Reflect on what has been most useful in the session

Each session will be a combination of role play, partner working, group conversations and provocations led by Louise.

Louise Blackwell is an independent arts producer working across art forms with artists such as Clod EnsembleMelanie Wilson, Andy Smith and Encounter. She produces work in the UK and internationally and supports artist development in Sussex where she is based.


She is currently an Artist Fellow at Queen Mary University, London, on the Advisory Boards for the D’Oyly Carte Chair in Medicine and the Arts at King’s College London and COMMON, an arts organisation helping working class artists to build sustainable careers in theatre. She is a Director of Marlborough Productions CIC who run the Marlborough Theatre, a home for queer performance in Brighton.  

She co-founded producing company; Fuel in 2004 and was Co-Director until July 2017 when she became an independent producer. From 2001 – 2004 Louise was Senior Producer at Battersea Arts Centre, London.


This workshop is presented by The Big House. Big House is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at developing your company as a business.  We help you develop new audiences, identify funding opportunities, boost your profile with venues and develop your company into a sustainable business.