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Checkpoint

A casual monthly social in Leamington Spa for anyone in and around the games industry.

Type: Network
Frequency: Monthly
Size: 25+
Sector: Gaming
Cost: tbc
Other: n/a
Website: https://checkpointleamington.com/

Creative Cakestorm

Creative Cakestorm is a monthly event for creatives and freelancers to meet, brainstorm about common issues, drink coffee and more importantly, eat cake!

Type: Network
Frequency: Monthly
Size: tbc
Sector: Creative
Cost: Membership fee
Other: Open to all
Website: creativecakestorm.co.uk

Create Central

Create Central is an industry body whose members comprise some of the UK's most creative thinkers and change makers in film, TV, games and other creative content sectors. Through Create Central they will work with national and regional partners to create an agile and responsive network to turbo-charge the screen sector in the heart of the UK. Create Central is working in close partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority, the three Local Enterprise Partnerships and other public sector organisations.

Type: Strategic Partnership
Frequency: tbc
Size: tbc
Sector: Film, TV, Games
Cost: tbc
Other: By invitation
Website: https://www.createcentraluk.com/

Creative Health Alliance

The Creative Health Alliance brings together organisations and individuals to strengthen the links between the creative, health and care sectors. There is strong evidence for the benefits of arts and creativity in terms of increasing wellbeing, physical activity and social connections. The arts also offer powerful ways to raise awareness and challenge both the public and professionals to think differently about health and wellbeing issues and solutions for improvement. The focus of the CHA is to bring together representatives from the creative sector, NHS organisations and local authorities in particular, to develop and oversee a programme of work to address local health and wellbeing priorities using ‘Creative Health’ approaches.

Type: Strategic Partnership
Frequency: Bi-monthly
Size: 15+
Sector: Arts and health
Cost: Free
Other: By invitation
Website: https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/204586400920468/

Creative Mornings Leamington

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our free, monthly events feature a short talk and breakfast!

Type: Network
Frequency: Monthly
Size: 40+
Sector: Arts, Heritage, Culture, Creative
Cost: Free
Other: Open to all
Website: https://creativemornings.com/cities/lms

CWLEP Culture and Tourism Group

The Culture and Tourism Business Group provides strategic advice to the LEP Board on all matters relation to culture and tourism, to maximise the growth potential of the visitor economy across Coventry and Warwickshire businesses and organisations.

Type: Strategic Partnership
Frequency: Bi-monthly
Size: 20+
Sector: Creative Sector
Cost: Free
Other: By invitation
Website: https://www.cwlep.com/about/business-group/culture-tourism

CWLEP Digital and Creative Business Group

The Culture and Tourism Business Group provides strategic advice to the LEP Board on all matters relation to culture and tourism, to maximise the growth potential of the visitor economy across Coventry and Warwickshire businesses and organisations.

Type: Strategic Partnership
Frequency: Bi-monthly
Size: 20+
Sector: Creative Sector
Cost: Free
Other: By invitation
Website: https://www.cwlep.com/about/business-group/digital-and-creative

Culture Central

Culture Central is the collective voice of the cultural sector in the West Midlands. It convenes, challenges and connects to create opportunities through culture for places and people across the region.

Type: Strategic Partnership
Frequency: tbc
Size: tbc
Sector: Arts and Culture
Cost: Membership fee
Other: n/a
Website: https://www.culturecentral.co.uk/

Freelancers Make Theatre Work

An inclusive, independent community for the 200,000+ self-employed and freelance workers from all areas of theatre, opera, dance and live performance, who make up 70% of the UK theatre workforce.

Type: Community
Frequency: tbc
Size: 200k+
Sector: Arts and Culture
Cost: tbc
Other: n/a
Website: https://freelancersmaketheatrework.com/

Interactive Futures

Games. Culture. Creativity.The three words that define Interactive Futures. Whether you already work in the video games industry, work in an associated creative field, perhaps you want to start a new career, or, quite simply, you just love playing games – there is something for you.

Type: Conference
Frequency: Annual
Size: 1000+ delegates
Sector: Games, Culture, Creative
Cost: Free. Booking required
Other: Open to all
Website: https://interactive-futures.com/#

Kenilworth Artists

We work in a variety of media including painting, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, furniture, mosaic and calligraphy.

Type: Network
Frequency: Ongoing / online
Size: 200+
Sector: Arts
Cost: tbc
Other: Open to all
Website: https://www.facebook.com/kenilworthartists

Leapers

We’re the team for people without a team. Leapers supports the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed. We're a free and inclusive community project for anyone who works differently.

Type: Community
Frequency: Ongoing / online
Size: 3000+
Sector: General
Cost: tbc
Other: Open to all
Website: Join Leapers - Leapers

PechaKucha Leamington Spa

PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe.PechaKucha is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming. 20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That’s it. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections. PechaKucha is the ideal tool to share passions and drop some knowledge. Global innovators use the PechaKucha platform to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes.

Type: Network
Frequency: Monthly
Size: 50+
Sector: Creative
Cost: Donations
Other: Open to all
Website: https://www.pechakucha.com/cities/leamington-spa

Sociable Freelancers

While working from home comes with many advantages (especially in the winter!) it can get a bit lonely sometimes. This meetup, now in its second year, allows us to get together and meet other people out there, often struggling with similar challenges.

Type: Network
Frequency: Ad hoc
Size: 800+
Sector: tbc
Cost: tbc
Other: n/a
Website: https://www.meetup.com/Sociable-Freelancers/

Spark Symposium

Spark aims to turn creative talk into creative action, and galvanise our creative business community around a common purpose; recovery, promotion, and growth of the sector.

Type: Conference
Frequency: Annual
Size: 500+ delegates
Sector: Creative, Arts, Cultural
Cost: Free. Booking required
Other: Open to all
Website: https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/spark

Talk Business UK

Talk Business UK is a membership organisation that develops and organises events and experiences to help local businesses and organisations from all sectors and sizes to connect and create opportunities to build long term and meaningful business relationships.

Type: Network
Frequency: Monthly
Size: tbc
Sector: Creative
Cost: Membership Fee
Other: n/a
Website: https://www.talkbusinessuk.co.uk/

TEDx Leamington Spa + Circle

In the spirit of ‘ideas worth spreading’, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talk videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These community-based events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events are self-organised (subject to certain rules and regulations).

Type: Conference + Discussion
Frequency: Ad hoc
Size: tbc
Sector: Creative
Cost: tbc
Other: Open to all
Website: http://tedxleamingtonspa.com/about/

The Artspace Exchange

Welcome to the Artspace Exchange! All artists and those who work in or with the visual arts sector are welcome to register. It is free and all you will need is a profile picture and a little information about you and your activities or services. Once logged into The Exchange you will be able to interact with The Noticeboard, including posting and responding to opportunities and requests for support. This is a developing website and we welcome feedback on your experience of using it - please email mail@coventry-artspace.co.uk with your comments.

Type: Online directory of local artists, technicians,providers + noticeboard
Frequency: Monthly Bulletin / ad hoc opportunities
Size: 250 and growing
Sector: Visual Arts
Cost: Free
Other: Open artists working in the visual arts
Website: https://cov-art.space/users

Warwick Creative Network

Warwick Creative Network aims to connect the town’s creative community, share news and opportunities, and provide a platform for discussion and debate.

Type: Network
Frequency: Ongoing / online
Size: 30+
Sector: Arts, Heritage, Culture, Creative
Cost: Free
Other: Open to all
Website: https://www.warwickcreativenetwork.co.uk/

Warwick District Arts News

News and information about arts and cultural events in Warwick District.

Type: Network
Frequency: Ongoing / online
Size: 800+
Sector: Arts, Heritage, Culture, Creative
Cost: Free
Other: Open to all
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/728662377630286/

Warwick District Creative Compact

Warwick District creative compact will provide strategic and visible leadership for the cultural and creative industries in the district and deliver the creative framework vision. The compact, made up of 19 local leaders, will work across sectors to make new connections and drive new partnerships. It will link the cultural sector to broader cultural, social, economic aspirations and priorities for the District. It will create opportunities to connect existing projects and strategies and make better use of existing spaces and resources. It will discover new investment opportunities and be focused on delivering the objectives of the creative framework via a clear action plan and deliver tangible outcomes. compact activity will be informed by five strategic themes; Engagement, Voice, Pathfinding, Place making, Innovation.

Type: Strategic Partnership
Frequency: Bi-monthly
Size: 19+
Sector: Creative Sector
Cost: Free
Other: By invitation
Website: https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20833/creative_framework/1592/creative_framework_compact_and_forum

Warwick District Music Promoters' Forum

WDMPF is a group of promoters of musical events taking place around Warwick district, which includes the historic towns of Warwick, Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon and some delightful Warwickshire villages.

Type: Network
Frequency: tbc
Size: 100+
Sector: tbc
Cost: tbc
Other: n/a
Website: https://www.musictoyourears.org.uk/index.php