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Rising Stars 2022

Patricia Van Den Akker, The Design Trust
Patricia Van Den Akker, The Design Trust

Dan Goode of Making Goode
Dan Goode of Making Goode

Caroline Jackman, The Crafts Council
Caroline Jackman, The Crafts Council


New Ashgate Gallery presents:

Rising Stars 2022: Maker Events

We are delighted to present a series of three Rising Stars events in Zoom with the leading craft mentors in the UK. All New Ashgate maker events are free to attend but an early booking is required. The events start promptly at 10am and we recommend that you join us for the full session. If you no longer can attend, please cancel your place via Eventbrite - the spaces are limited, and we operate a waiting list.

The maker events are sponsored by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. Please take part in a short poll in the end of the meeting. This feedback is essential for future Rising Stars funding and keeping the New Ashgate maker events cost-free to you.

Create a business (plan) … and make it happen

Rising Stars talk by Patricia van den Akker, The Design Trust


Monday 14 March 2022, 10am-12:00, Zoom

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In this practical but thought-provoking morning workshop Patricia van den Akker, the Director of The Design Trust, will help you to create a mini business plan for your craft business.

You will be setting juicy & SMART goals for yourself, finances, marketing and your creativity and development. Also, Patricia will share her top tips to make your goals happen, and how to deal with procrastination & overwhelm. A very common issue in these uncertain times!

During this practical workshop you will be working on your own mini-business plan (bring pen & paper), and you will also be doing some ‘break out exercises’ with other designer makers on the call (if you like).

PATRICIA VAN DEN AKKER is the Director of The Design Trust, the online business school for designers, makers and other creative professionals. Over the last 25years she has worked as a creative business adviser, trainer and coach with 1,000s of creatives. She regularly talks and teaches at art colleges including the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins/University of the Arts. She is known for her inspiring, action-orientated and down-to-earth approach to starting and growing a small creative business. @TheDesignTrust


Being The Best You Can Be 

Rising Stars talk by Dan Goode of Making Goode


Monday 28 March 2022, 10am-12:00, Zoom

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The talk with focus on the power of:

  • Specificity
  • Authenticity
  • Telling your story (and how to do it!)
  • Identifying why you make, and for whom.

The session will also touch on the importance of photography and general presentation skills both in person and online and will also tackle the difficult process of pricing work.

If you have a burning question that you would like Dan to answer, please email it to by 10 March.

Those attending Dan’s talk will be offered a special “New Ashgate” rate for one-to-one mentoring.

DAN GOODE of MAKING GOODE is a speaker, curator, writer and mentor and was the chief talent scout for two online galleries. A session leader for the Crafts Council Hot House programme, 2019 year saw him become a mentor for the scheme. Dan has given talks for The Design Trust, Arts Thread, Handmade in Britain, Craft Northern Ireland, Top Drawer, Derry Council and Design Factory (amongst many others). 

He has been an independent curator for all Handmade in Britain shows since 2016 under 'Curated by Dan Goode', representing 77 of the finest UK makers. Since 2018 he has been the curator for Canopy Market in King's Cross, adding the new Battersea River Walk Market in 2019 and Boulevard Market at Islington Square in 2020. Dan has sat on the selection panel for the annual Richard Seager Award since 2019, providing one-to-one mentoring for the successful maker, and was a craft judge for the Global Design Graduate Show 2020 and 2021. In 2021 he became a member of the selection panel – and one of the expert speakers – for The New Ashgate Gallery Rising Stars and became a judge in 2022.

Dan has his enterprise, Making Goode, ( through which he provides one-to-one mentoring and business advice, talks, articles and curation – and above all support – for the entire design and making communities.

Shaping Your Craft Future

Rising Stars talk by Caroline Jackman, Crafts Council


Monday 4 April 2022, 10am-12:00, Zoom

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The meeting will cover following topics:

  • business visioning
  • creating a marketing plan
  • pricing your work

This will be an interactive session where Crafts Council will provide you with the tools to help you shape your practice.  

You will be sent a list of activities a week in advance of the training, these activities will help you come prepared and help you make the most of this learning experience.

CAROLINE JACKMAN is Head of Craft Business Skills for the Crafts Council. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the arts and working to support the business and creative development of artists and makers from amateurs to established professionals. 

A history of running galleries, community festivals and national conferences, international and domestic business skills training programmes; Caroline leads the strategic business development work for the Crafts Council, she currently is focusing on the challenges facing the craft sector on Brexit and environmental sustainability. 

Her passion and dedication drives her enthusiasm for her job, her own art practice and finding the time to give back to the sector as a Trustee for New Ashgate Gallery, Mentor for Arts Emergency and an Advisor for Radcliffe Trust.



Rising Stars is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts and Dan Goode of Making Goode. It is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.  

New Ashgate Gallery was established in the late 1950s and today it provides an unparalleled resource for Surrey and beyond. The Gallery curates an exciting programme of exhibitions and is dedicated to champion the best contemporary art and craft in the marketplace. As a not-for-profit charity, it fosters emerging artists and makers through mentoring and exhibitions.

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