Online Surgeries

Free 1:1 support if you need to talk things through


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The Covid-19 disruption is hitting the creative, cultural, heritage, media and live events industries hard. Delivered in partnership with the Arts & Creative Industries Commission & funded by Brighton & Hove City Council, the team at always possible are offering a limited number of structured 45 minute 1:1 surgeries for small and medium creative industries enterprises, freelancers and sole-traders.

You can use the time to talk in confidence to their experienced team of creative industry and business leaders. Bring along any challenges, opportunities or big decisions with which you are grappling. From self-motivation to cashflow, marketing to grant funding – they’re on-hand to listen and chat through. If we can’t give you any immediate advice, we’ll find someone who can.

Your challenges, experiences and needs can also help inform local decision-making in your area, as the always possible team will be ensuring that local authority partners understand how the current situation is affecting your work – and that of businesses like yours.

These sessions are currently fully funded for businesses and individuals based in: Brighton & Hove, Shoreham, Worthing and surrounding districts.


Wellbeing + Resilience: Approaching the ‘new normal’

This online roundtable brought the creative industries together to explore wellbeing & resilience in the face of a new working landscape. Download notes here.


FRIDAY 17 JULY, 11 – 12.30pm [FREE]

Bringing together representatives from the arts with mental health experts, this roundtable explored theory, strategy & experience relating to our wellbeing in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Not only are we all dealing with the inherent anxiety born of a worldwide health crisis, but many of us working in the creative and cultural industries are juggling new working from home regimes, caring responsibilities and keeping our organisations afloat.

Throughout this session you will hear from our expert panel on finding space, time and techniques for crucial self-care and ways to manage pressures.


Lucy Paine (always possible / CHAIR)

Rachel Perrin (SOUNDCASTLE) – coach, facilitator & social entrepreneur.

Jessica Levy – Psychotherapeutic counsellor, specialising in relational transactional analysis.

FUNDED BY Brighton & Hove City Council and the London borough of Merton. BROUGHT TO YOU BY always possible, in collaboration with the Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission and Merton Cultural Advisory Group.

Feeling confident to make, sell & create: watch below

An opportunity for creative practitioners to share expertise and advice on continuing to make, sell and create in this challenging time. Download notes here.

MONDAY 29 JUNE, 2 – 3.30pm [FREE]

This online roundtable explores some of the ways that those in the creative and cultural sectors are adapting in order to continue to make, sell and create in the face of Covid-19.

There are no expectations of business as usual & very real practical, financial and emotional barriers.

What does the future look like and what happens when people buy/sell locally & open up covid-safe spaces again for making and exhibiting? What do customers and audiences crave and need over the next few months? What positives does online creativity bring and how people can work together to minimise risk?


LUCY PAINE (always possible / CHAIR) Lucy is a business support, marketing and organisational development specialist.

RACHAEL PERRIN (SOUNDCASTLE) Rachael is a coach, facilitator and social entrepreneur.

FUNDED BY Brighton & Hove City Council and the London borough of Merton. BROUGHT TO YOU BY always possible, in collaboration with the Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission and Merton Cultural Advisory Group

Fundraising in a Pandemic – watch below

An honest look at opportunities, challenges, tips and ideas for raising money for creative projects during the Covid-19 pandemic. Download notes here.

FRIDAY 5 JUNE, 2 – 3.30pm [Free]

The creative industries are facing a number of extraordinary challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve been listening hard to businesses, artists, retailers & makers & it’s clear that radical collaboration & the pooling of resources is needed more than ever.

This webinar brought together some fundraising experts, to share honest knowledge, wisdom and tips for organisations and individuals needing to rethink their approach to public and private investment in creative projects.

This webinar was hosted by always possible and featured guest presentations from special guests (more details below). After the talks there will be the opportunity to debate some of the key themes and ask questions.

At the end of this event, we will publish a summary and links to further help on the always possible and Culture In Our City (Brighton) website.

This event was funded by Brighton & Hove City Council & the London borough of Merton and facilitated by always possible, in collaboration with the Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission and Merton Cultural Advisory Group.

Radical Collaboration & Pooling Resources 

Read the always possible blog on event outcomes. Download webinar notes here

WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE, 2 – 3.30pm [Free]

This free digital roundtable – brought together representatives from the arts, culture, creative making, media & digital within Greater Brighton, to make an offer of skills or resources, or ask for specific help; from marketing to space, fundraising to training, sales to digital transformation.

Throughout this session there was an opportunity to contribute ideas, offers & requests which will be collated and shared via the website in the coming weeks.

Themes: Collaboration, Creativity, Problem-solving, Recovery


Dom Bailey – Strategic Director, Baxter & Bailey

Andrew Comben, CEO Brighton Dome & Festival

Other speakers (TBC)

Funded by Brighton & Hove City Council. Brought to you by always possible and Baxter & Bailey, in collaboration with the Brighton & Hove Arts & Creative Industries Commission.