CFCP Meeting Point - Professional Development Series

The Centre for Creative Practices is delighted to welcome you ALL to our fourth annual Meeting Point - Professional Development Series for Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists.

The Meeting Point Series has 2 aims: 1.) To help artists hone and develop their professional skills; 2.) To establish a vibrant network between migrant, culturally diverse and local artists leading to new collaborations, cross-pollination, professional and personal growth. 

The Meeting Point takes place online and as a physical series of talks, workshops, meet-ups and networking events. 

Who is Meeting Point for?

  • Migrant artists
  • Migrant artist communities
  • Arts participation groups
  • Migrant Arts
  • Culturally Diverse Arts Communities



CFCP Meeting Point will encompass 6 Sessions covering the following topics:


  • 22 September – Pricing & Selling Your Work with Gareth Fletcher, Programme Director of the MA Art Logistic at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • 13 October – Digital Marketing for Artists with Emma Dwyer, writer and communication specialist for the creative sector
  • 27 October – Networking with Galleries and Curators with Eammon Maxwell, curator, advisor, mentor
  • 10 November – How to Film and Edit with Your Smartphone with renowned visual artist and folklorist Michael Fortune
  • 24 November – Creative Coaching with Deborah Henry-Pollard addressing issues around success, confidence, overwhelm & too many ideas, etc.
  • 1 December – Building your Social Media Presence and Connecting with Online Audiences with artist Kari Cahill


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Annual Meeting Point for Migrant and Culturally Diverse Artists online series


Wednesday 22 September
6.30 – 8.30 pm

Pricing & Selling Your Work
A professional talk and a Q/A session

This workshop will explore what artists need to consider when pricing their work, including materials, time and taxation. We will then look at methods of selling artwork offline and online.

Gareth Fletcher –

Programme Director of MA Art Logistic at Sotheby’s Institute of Art

PhD Researcher, Kingston University, London
MA, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
BFA and BA, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Gareth Fletcher lectures on a range of subjects across Art Logistics and Art Business. He is Programme Director for MA in Art Logistics at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the Leader of the Art Crime online intensive course. Gareth also lectures on the application and adoption of blockchain systems

Open Forum

Open Forum -Artists’ chat about their experiences, questions, suggestions, issues and possible solutions.


Wednesday 13 October
6.30 – 8.30 pm

Digital Marketing for Artists
A professional development workshop

A crash course in digital marketing for artists. This webinar will look at the main channels – from social media to optimised websites – that you can use in your marketing. Whether you want to sell work or have a really good web presence, this course will show you how to do this without spending all your time online. Participants will leave with an action plan. 

Emma Dwyer

Writer and communication specialist

Emma Dwyer is all about arts and culture. She promotes creatives, artists and small businesses and shows her clients how to make the most of their online presence. Emma has held roles in Dublin Contemporary 2011, Irish Architecture Foundation, Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre and most recently as Communications Manager with EVA International. Alongside a healthy obsession with the internet, Emma loves writing and is regularly published in magazines and arts publications.

Open Forum

Open Forum -Artists’ chat about their experiences, questions, suggestions, issues and possible solutions.


Wednesday 27 October
6.30 – 8.30 pm

Networking with Galleries and Curators
A professional talk and a Q/A session

This workshop will explore the importance of networking with galleries and curators for artists at every stage of their careers. We will look at strategies around this and discuss ideas and best practices for raising awareness of your work for potential inclusion in future programming.

Eammon Maxwell

Curator, advisor, mentor

Eamonn Maxwell is a contemporary art curator, advisor, and mentor. Having studied fine art at Camberwell College of Arts, he has spent 20 years working with visual arts and organisations, including the Arts Council of Ireland, Goldsmiths College of Art, and Lismore Castle Arts. Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, Maxwell has been involved in over 60 exhibitions in UK, Ireland, and Europe, including curating the Irish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. He has advised some of the leading contemporary art collectors and has served as a board member for many not-for-profit organisations. He is passionate about the importance of art in contemporary life and helping artists become successful in their disciplines. 

Open Forum

Open Forum -Artists’ chat about their experiences, questions, suggestions, issues and possible solutions.


Wednesday 10 November
6.30 – 8.30 pm

How to Film and Edit with Your Smartphone
A professional development workshop

In this 90-minutes workshop, Michael Fortune will give you a crash course on how best to film with your mobile phone and how to utilise your phone to its fullest potential. You also get handy DIY tips for creating tripods and accessories for shooting films, blogs, interviews and tutorials. The session will also dive into editing video on your mobile phone and iPad/tablet using the free cross-platform App ‘InShot’. This will cover everything you need to know, from editing, adding titles, adding and recording sound and sharing the completed film. This session will also look at backing up your phone to your computer and transferring files via We Transfer, WhatsApp, Messenger and Air/Snap Drop. This will be 90 minutes very well spent.

Michael Fortune

Visual artist and folklorist

Michael Fortune is a renowned visual artist and folklorist.  He has been a pioneer in the area of socially engaged work within Ireland over the past twenty years. Michael’s practice has widened the conversations regarding the intersection of traditional and contemporary cultures. Fortune continues to produce project work throughout the country and works as a part-time Associate Lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design. He also conducts work as a Visiting Lecturer in many colleges and universities in Ireland and is currently an External Examiner on Limerick School of Art and Design’s MA programme. His life, interests and practice are an intertwined and inseparable mix of the ancient, the contemporary, the private, the public and the intangible.

Open Forum

Open Forum -Artists’ chat about their experiences, questions, suggestions, issues and possible solutions.


Wednesday 24 November
6.30 – 8.30 pm

Creative Coaching for Artists
A professional development talk and Q/A session

Top Tips for Building Resilience as a Creative

This talk addresses common mindset issues which can be stumbling blocks with creatives. 

This isn’t about how to run a social media campaign, fill in a tax return or get into galleries or retail outlets: you are intelligent enough to find sources of information for yourself. It is about those moments when your own thoughts stop you from moving forward. 

We will look at small steps to help you change your mindset around success, confidence, managing overwhelm/too many ideas, working with your fears and approaching the business side of your practice. 

Deborah will be offering exercises and tools, a couple of which we will try out during the session. The others will be included in a workbook all participants will be sent after the talk so they can work on others in their own time. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions and pick Deborah’s brain at the end of the talk.

Deborah Henry-Pollard

Creative coach and author.

Deborah Henry-Pollard is a creative coach and author. Deborah works internationally with creative professionals who want to find clarity, overcome blocks, get into action & thrive. Since 2009 Deborah has run her own coaching company, Catching Fireworks. Prior to that, she worked in the arts and charity sectors. 

The Design Trust, an organisation supporting designer-makers that has a network of over 60,000, counts Deborah as one of their recommended creative business coaches.

She is a Trustee for ArtCan, a non-profit arts organisation supporting artists through profile raising activities and exhibitions, an open network of ‘like-minded’ peers, and practical support structures.

Deborah’s coaching book, ‘What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist’, was published by WYE Publishing in October 2018.

Deborah has spoken and led workshops for organisations including Sotheby’s Fine Art Institute; Chester Literature Festival; Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize; West Dean College; Cass Art; Roy’s Art Fair; Wimbledon Art Studios; University of East London; University of Exeter; The Design Trust; Association of Women Art Dealers.

Open Forum

Open Forum -Artists’ chat about their experiences, questions, suggestions, issues and possible solutions.


Wednesday 1 December
6.30 – 8.30 pm

Building your Social Media Presence and Connecting with Online Audiences
A professional development workshop

This course is designed to give you the tools and tips to help you learn how to use social media platforms for your art. Starting with the basics you will be guided through each platform. The 2 hour session will cover the topics listed below, and will set participants up with the confidence to make the jump into social media posting.

The course will cover:


  1. What platform will work for you? What is the difference between Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and other platforms?
  2. How to set up each platform for professional use – step-by-step guide.
    How to write a bio, short artist statement, and where to include contact details.
  3. Photos – how to take and edit photos.
    – Images of artworks
    – Process Images
    – Inspirations and quotes
    – Previous Work – v – New Work
    – Using your home/studio as a backdrop
  1. CONTENT! Stories v Posts v Reels – what’s the difference and when should each be used.
  2.   #’s – Hashtags and how they work. We will discover 30 tags that work for your art.
  3. How to write interesting captions that tell your story.

Kari Cahill


Kari is an artist based out of The Model, Sligo, on the North-west Coast of Ireland. She is the Director of the Arts Organisation Lay of the Land. Kari’s artistic practice contributes to the development of new perspectives on our cultural, historical and natural landscape.

She is Ireland’s leading pigment forager; synthesising natural materials into paint, pigment, and inks forms the backbone of her process based practice.

She was awarded the 2020 Visual Arts Bursary from the Arts Council to develop a collaborative, site-responsive book; a glossary of bio-colour, knowledge and landscape as well as The Project Award 2021 with which she will develop a large ambitious outdoor artwork painted directly onto the Coastal landscape of the Northwest. She has recently been involved in: Far in Far out (Cairde Arts Festival), Are we there yet! (Hawkwell Theatre) and Tidelines (Tread Softly Arts Festival), Materials Matter (VISUAL Carlow).

She has presented work throughout Ireland, more specifically at wild landscapes along the West Coast (Calafort 2019, Tombolo 16-19, Silva 18). Kari has participated in residencies in India (Space 118, Bombay 2016) and Brazil (Na Casa,Florianopolis 2019). Kari was an invited guest speaker at Basic Talks (2019), Above the Fold (2017), Short Stories (2018) and New Ecologies of Practice, NCAD, 2012.

Her projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times, +Billion- Art Journal, and Bloomers Magazine. Kari is a member of Wild Pigment People, an International organisation dedicated to pigment promotion and education.

Open Forum

Open Forum -Artists’ chat about their experiences, questions, suggestions, issues and possible solutions.

Completed CFCP Meeting Point Sessions 2021

Do you have any professional development needs or ideas? Would you like to recommend exceptional speakers?


We want to hear about your needs for professional development and support so that we can better tailor our programme for you! Please send us an email to monika(at)


We hope you will be able to join us and benefit from professional support and exchange with your peers.

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The next Annual Meeting Point For Migrant Artists, Migrant Arts and Culturally Diverse Arts Communities session will take place in 2021.

Recordings of al the previous Zoom session will be available online from February 2021.

Thank you to all who took part and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

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Under current Covid-19 government restrictions with regards to gatherings and public events, we cannot deliver the Meeting Point as a physical event and instead we decided to run a SERIES OF TALKS, PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS via Zoom.

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