WebinArt Graduate Programme


Welcome to WebinArt, our creative graduate programme


Are you in your final year or have you graduated in the last 3 years?
Thinking about free-lancing or starting a creative business?

Apply now for the free Creative Leicestershire WebinArt Programme


8 online sessions delivered by innovative creative thinkers and industry experts covering a range of subjects including: creative artistic development, applied business skills, product and service development, and making a living using creative skills in different settings.

Expert mentoring via online private forum, email and Skype
Series of 6 ‘Through the Artist Studio Keyhole’ Events with 6 high profile artists from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. (see Artist details below)


Arts Graduates: current finalists or graduates from summer 2014-17 living in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland, Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire are eligible to apply to take part.

October 2017 to May 2018.

How to apply:
Email creative@leics. gov.uk with your artist CV and a letter telling us why you would like to apply for this programme of support. Information and queries to Sam Kitson – sam.kitson@leics.gov.uk

Deadline: 5pm 31st July 2017


Our WebinArt ‘Through the Artist Studio Keyhole’ Artists

Rachel Carter – www.rachelcarter.co.uk

Rachel was the first artist to weave in wax to create bronze sculptures.

Originally exhibited at the RHS Chelsea flower show the first bronze piece can now be seen in the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire. Recent exhibitions include Made in the Midlands at the National Centre for Craft and Design.


Ingrid Pears – www.ingridpears.com

Ingrid Pears MBE was one of the artists on the original Route2A project run by Creative Greenhouse (the precursor to the WebinArt programme). Ingrid is an international glass designer and maker. She works with the Department for International Trade to promote UK excellence internationally and is a member of CATALYST UK. She set up the One Sky Project the first ever trade mission to India and was commissioned to make a piece for the Dalai Lama.


Kajal Nisha Patel – www.kajalpatel.com

Kajal Nisha Patel is a visual artist whose work spans across disciplines, social groups and contexts. Having previously specialised in storytelling through documentary photography and filmmaking, she works as a multidisciplinary artist, primarily using found Indian textiles and other vernacular objects. Spanning communities between the UK and India, her practice now focuses on the intersectional lives of South Asian and British South Asian women. She aims to bring people from underrepresented communities together through art and social practice.

Kajal is recipient of a number of internationally recognised awards and residencies. She was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Leicester in 2016 and is founder of Lightseekers, which uses art, photography and storytelling as a participatory platform to learn about and engage with social issues.


John Newling – www.john-newling.com

John has  an acclaimed international reputation creating projects and installing works in the UK and many other countries. He is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. He was the first recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in visual arts. Reviews and critiques of this work have been included in Sculpture in the 20th Century and Installation Art in the new Millennium and more recently a comprehensive monograph coincided with his first survey exhibition Ecologies of Value at Nottingham Contemporary.

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Anand Bhatt –  www.aakashodedra.co.uk

Anand will be one of the six lead artists interviewed about his work as a producer with Aakash Odedra company in front of a live audience. Anand has commissioned work for the company including work by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant.

Running a successful Studio in Leicester with resident dance school Desi Masti he was also artistic director of MJ Timeless at Blackpool’s Globe Theatre featuring an international award winning cast and rave reviews.


Helen Mort – www.helenmort.com

Helen Mort is a rising star of British poetry. She was awarded Foyle Young Poet of the Year so many times they made her a judge and at 28 she was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot prize and the Costa Poetry Prize.  She was the youngest poet in residence at the Wordsworth Trust and in 2013 because Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Helen was born in Sheffield and her first collection Division Street about where she grew up and the legacy of Margaret Thatcher’s decimation of the mining communities won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Helen’s poems have appeared in many magazines including Grant and Poetry Review ands she is currently working on her first novel. Helen’s second collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ is partly inspired by the history of women’s mountaineering and was published by Chatto & Windus in 2016.