Featured Resources

The Office for Students has developed a new

Graduate Employment and Skills Guide.

It brings together a range of advice and resources to help graduates think through their options. It sets out five steps:

Identify skills

Develop skills

Gain experience

Apply for jobs

Support wellbeing.

At each step they signpost resources and opportunities to help graduates develop skills, gain experience and build networks in preparation for a graduate career.

You can find the guide on the OfS website



The Arts Council Funding Finder offers a searchable directory of other possible funding streams, many of which are suitable for individual artists.

Herefordshire Council Funding Update offers great guidance around local and national current opportunties

Careers within the Creative Industry

The Arts Council’s Arts Jobs site. This offers a searchable directory of arts jobs and opportunities which is frequently updated. You can also follow them on twitter @artsjobs  A huge variety of opportunities and positions are listed.  

 Prospects career search facility. Also useful might be the Creative Skillset website, which supports creative business and talent.

Artquest is also a valuable source of help and support.

Starting a small business

Prospects offers useful general advice on how to start a small business.

The government also offers a list of possible funding streams, including government-backed start-up loans and loans targeted at specific areas, like this one for the West Midlands.

Again closer to Herefordshire, the Marches Growth Hub offers advice on funding for start-ups, information about grants and awards and practical support (for example, if you are wanting to apply for a Princes Trust award). They have a comprehensive programme of networking events.


GoCompare offers a self-employment guide to working for yourself.

Creative Networks

 New Arts West Midlands website offers a great way to catch up on creative news and opportunities across the West Midlands. It offers a wide range of information from funding news and exhibitions through to studio visit opportunities.


The British Libraryand in particular (for those of us who can’t always get to London, it’s online collection. A hugely rich resource, with information from mediaeval bestiaries through to the 1924 edition of Vogue.

 The  Arts and Humanities Research Council website. This is the place to look at if you’re looking for postgraduate funding in the arts or doctoral opportunities. It’s also a great place to look at current research trends and news. They’ve recently launched the ‘new thinking’ podcast series  with Radio Three. The latest podcast looks at  Fashion, New Design and Sustainability. 

The Herefordshire History digitisation project. This brings together material illustrating the history of Herefordshire, making it available to everyone. So far a searchable online database containing over 40,000 items has been populated – an amazing resource for creatives and researchers. If you’d like to get involved with the project, please email herefordshirehistory@herefordshire.gov.uk.