Producing 102 was a free online training course for womxn in the voluntary; creative; commercial; events; entertainment and arts & cultural sectors who are interested in becoming the next generation of arts, events producers and production managers. Between September - November 2020 weekly evening sessions were delivered online, covering a range of topics from The Politics of Public Space; Financial planning; Event Futures and Technology as a Force for Good, Sustainable Events, RAMS and Navigating the Safety Advisory Group, Inclusivity and Representation.
Alongside the OPUS team, sessions were led by regional West Midlands “guest lecturers” who are established freelancers, practitioners and event professionals in the sector. Not only was this programme an opportunity to learn from each week’s guest lecturer, but a range of educational models and additional resources will be supplied to support further learning; not to mention the opportunity to receive peer support from other womxn on the course.
This course spark creative conversations, promote more collaboration but also give you a space to put some structure around processes that you might not have ordinarily considered, from a stakeholder informed producing lens.
Maria Howes, Dr Staphanie Janes, John Adkins, Chris Woodford, Pippa Frith, Helen Annetts
This course was generously funded by Arts Council England Covid-19 emergency fund.
I find OPUS a creative and dynamic organisation, constantly looking for new and 'real' ways to improve what they have to offer. I was invited to speak at their Producing 102 programme and the participants were all very engaged, comfortable to share and learn together, and to develop themselves. This is down to no small part to OPUS' attitude and commitment to whoever they engage with.