What is the Guild?
Launched in 2016 to enhance the visibility, resilience and sustainability of the region’s creative communities, Sheffield Creative Guild is a membership cooperative for any individual, business or organisation working in the creative sector. We aim to:
- connect creatives and improve networking and collaboration
- provide support and advice to creatives in the region
- promote and shout about our members and their work
- represent and advocate for our members and behalf of the sector
- provide routes to market
"The Guild is such an important support and growth mechanism for artists and creatives in Sheffield, especially those early in their careers, using co-operative activity to develop skills, self-help, resilience and profile. The Guild has developed strongly over the past 2 years, creating a committed and growing membership, important partnerships and a wide range of opportunities and benefits for members. It is a fantastic example of creatives coming together across disciplines to support each other and to develop Sheffield’s creative infrastructure into the future."Rebecca Maddox, Sheffield City Council
Two years on and we now have over 550 members from the region and beyond who benefit from promotion to grow their audience, support to learn new skills and events to meet new collaborators.
We hold regular events from networking and socials to showcases and workshops and partner with other organisations across the city to bring our members a supportive, accessible and fun annual events programme.
Our timebank platform enables members to share knowledge and skills, reinterpreting traditional economic perceptions of value. So far over 300 hours of skills have been traded which has enabled members to collaborate and grow new projects, learn new skills and generally just get stuff done. We have also provided opportunities for members to access commissions, share and sell their work.
We have built and strengthened connections with policy makers and partners in the region and beyond. We are a powerful, collective lobbying voice for the sector in the region.
We sit on Sheffield Culture Consortium and the Local Enterprise Partnership CDI sector group and are members of the European Creative Hubs Network and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.
Why do we charge?
The Guild is a not for profit organisation and we do not receive any regular funding. The membership fees we charge cover the running of the Guild and the events we host. The scale of our work will increase as membership revenue does as will invest all that revenue back into Guild activity.
Put simply, the more members we have, the more we can do and the better the Guild will be.
The Guild is a registered cooperative and member of Co-operatives UK. The Guild is therefore utterly democratic and governed by its members who have a vote on key directives. Every autumn the Guild hosts an Annual General Meeting where the Board of Directors is elected.
You can search our members directory to see the individuals and organisations who have already signed up.