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


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.


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, The Bedford

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!