WAF Creatives Sessions

We hold a series of networking and learning sessions for artists and contributors in the lead up to the registration deadline and festival dates. 

These are a great opportunity for you to meet the WAF team and get the most out of taking part. 

We offer online toolkits and guidanceand a 1-1 clinic session for more specific advice on realising your ideas and fundraising, including making an application to our grant scheme. 

Please note, the dates below may change – keep an eye on this page and on our social media channels for further updates, or sign up to our mailing list. 

Coming Up

Session 6: Marketing and Evaluation

Thursday 24  March 2022, 6.00pm - 8.00pm on Zoom

Advice and support for marketing and evaluating your WAF event.


Session 7: PR and Publicity Launch

Wednesday 27 April 2022, 5.00pm - 7.00 pm, venue TBC

Let's raise a glass for our Publicity launch


Session 8: Evaluation session

Weds 20 July 2022, 6.00pm -8.00pm, venue TBC

Let's share our learnings from this year: we'll share our stats and anything we have learnt this year, and you can tell us what you thought of it all and what you have found out too!


Past events

Session 1: Introduction to WAF 2022

Weds 13 October 2021, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Freshground London, 68 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EQ.

Meet the team and talk about ideas for getting involved with WAF 10 - 26 June 2022.  Find out how to apply for funding for your WAF project.


Session 2: Sustainability

Thursday 11 November 2021, 6.30pm - 8.00pm on Zoom

Learn about our new sustainability policy and ways to make your projects and marketing campaigns more eco-friendly.

This event forms part of Together on Climate Change Festival


WAF Grant Surgery 1

Thursday 18 November, 3pm - 5.30pm on Zoom

Book a 1-2-1 surgery with the WAF producers to ask questions about your WAF Grants application - email cath.mattos@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to book your session.

Please note: You need to have completed an Expression Of Interest before you can be offered a surgery slot. Grants surgeries are in high demand, so each artist/organisation can benefit from one grant surgery only each year. We advise you have a go at filling out the application form and budget before your surgery to get the most out of your session. One-off questions can be emailed directly to WAF Producer Cath Mattos at any point after completing your EOI.


WAF Grant Surgery 2

Thursday 2 December, 12pm - 2.00pm on Zoom (with half hour lunchbreak)

Book a  1-2-1 surgery with the WAF producers to ask questions about your WAF Grants application - email cath.mattos@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to book your session.

Please note: You need to have completed an Expression Of Interest before you can be offered a surgery slot. Grants surgeries are in high demand, so each artist/organisation can benefit from one grant surgery only each year. We advise you have a go at filling out the application form and budget before your surgery to get the most out of your session. One-off questions can be emailed directly to WAF Producer Cath Mattos at any point after completing your EOI.


Session 3: Access (Now a networking and information session - the Access session will take place in the new year, date TBC)

Thursday 2 December 2021, 6.30pm - 8.00pm on Zoom


WAF Grant Surgery 3

Monday 13 December, 2.30pm - 4.30pm on Zoom 

Book a  1-2-1 surgery with the WAF producers to ask questions about your WAF Grants application - email cath.mattos@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to book your session.

Please note: You need to have completed an Expression Of Interest before you can be offered a surgery slot. Grants surgeries are in high demand, so each artist/organisation can benefit from one grant surgery only each year. We advise you have a go at filling out the application form and budget before your surgery to get the most out of your session. One-off questions can be emailed directly to WAF Producer Cath Mattos at any point after completing your EOI.


Session 4: WAF Artists and Venues Matchmaking 

Wednesday 12 January 2022, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, at National Opera Studio

The Clore, 2 Chapel Yard, London SW18 4HZ

An opportunity for WAF Creatives to meet the Venues!  You can start looking for your venues now on our WAF Venue Directory.

Please note: If we cannot meet in person due to Covid, we will hold this session on Zoom


Session 5: WAF Ticketing & Registration support

Thursday 10 February 2022, 6.00pm - 8.00pm on Zoom

Help with your WAF online registrations plus an opportunity to discuss pricing strategies and ticketing.