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 Creative Practitioners mailing list. 


WAF Grant Surgeries

  • Wednesday 12 October, 3pm - 5pm on Zoom (fully booked)
  • Monday 7 November, 10am - 12pm on Zoom (fully booked)
  • Thursday 10 November, 5pm - 7pm on Zoom (fully booked)

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 form 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.


Creatives Sessions

Session 1: Introduction to WAF 2023

Wednesday 5 October 2022, 6pm - 7.30pm on Zoom

Meet the team and talk about ideas for getting involved with WAF 9 - 25 June 2023. 

We'll cover:

  • Introductions to the WAF team.
  • Expressions of Interest: How to get involved.
  • The economics of taking part in WAF: What to expect and how to raise funding.
  • The WAF Grants: How to apply.

To get the Zoom sign up to our Creative Practitioners mailing list or complete an Expression of Interest form.


Session 2: WAF Artists and Venues Matchmaking

Wednesday 2 November 2022, 6pm - 7.30pm on Zoom

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

To get the Zoom sign up to our Creative Practitioners mailing list or complete an Expression of Interest form.


Session 3: WAF Registration 

Thursday 8 December 2022, 6pm - 7.30pm

Help with your WAF online registrations and guidance on creating your event listings.

We'll cover:

  • Registrations 
  • Accessibility 
  • Providing Copy 

Session 4:  WAF Ticketing & Registration support

Wednesday 18 January 2023, 6pm - 8pm

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

We'll cover:

  • Registrations 
  • Ticketing
  • Providing Copy 

Session 5: WAF Ticketing & Registration support

Wednesday 8 February 2023, 6pm - 8pm 

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


Session 6: Marketing and Evaluation

Wednesday 15 March 2023, 6pm - 8pm 

Advice and support for marketing and evaluating your WAF event.


Evaluation session

Weds 12 July 2023, 6pm - 8pm

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!