We’re absolutely thrilled to share our brand new website with you.
We’ve been working away behind the scenes for a while now, building a new site that more effectively reflects the creativity of our organisation and community.
The site includes a few developments, most exciting of which is the free profile option, which will allow anyone to sign up for a profile on the Guild’s creative directory. Previously, inclusion in the directory has been an exclusive benefit for paying members. The directory already features over 300 artists and makers but in widening it out to include non-members, we hope to turn it into a truly comprehensive database of creatives working in the city. Sign up for a free profile now.
With the new site we’ll also be launching bursary memberships. The arts can be a very closed industry, which doesn’t always offer equal opportunities to everyone. With this in mind, each year we will now offer a number of bursary memberships, partly supported by Sheffield City Council. Find out more about bursary memberships.
Friends of the Guild
Organisational membership has also undergone a transformation and will now be known as Friends of the Guild. Our Friends now have their own dedicated page on the new site, where we can showcase the exciting breadth of work that they do. Become a Friend of the Guild today.
Building on our existing branding, originally designed by Jon Cannon and Heather Ditch, we invited Sheffield-based website designer Rich Wells to give the look a bit of a refresh. We’ll be sharing more details about the design evolution of the site in the coming weeks.
Next we introduced website developer and Guild member Ben Treadaway (of Southmedia) to work on the nuts and bolts of the members’ area of the site to integrate our membership database, automating much of the system and giving members more control over their membership.
Find out more about the new site and the features and opportunities listed above at our upcoming online event Making the Most of Your Membership: Website Special! on Wednesday 21 July. Free to attend and open to both members and non-members.
Take a look around and if you have any feedback, let us know what you think!