Julie Brandon – Artizan
It was after a series of unchallenging jobs over a number of years that Julie decided it was time to fulfill her creative ambition and start her own business.
Passionate about the arts, Julie had long identified Torbay as lacking a focal point for the many established and emerging artists in the area to come together, exhibit works, hold workshops and use workspace. The opportunity to establish a creative hub led Julie to contact Outset Torbay for support to turn her ideas into a viable business venture.
“I approached Outset for help and guidance as I simply didn’t know where to start and what the pitfalls might be. Every part of their workshop programme has been useful, helping me to identify the skills I already have and where there are gaps that need to be filled.”
Julie joined Outset’s Introduction to Enterprise programme of eight workshops in Torquay where she determined the feasibility of her business idea before going on to complete the Business Start Up stage, gaining skills and confidence in areas including financial planning, costing & pricing, marketing and sales.
“It is the comprehensive programme that guides you through all of the things that need to be considered when starting a business. The idea was mine, but how to execute that idea would have been a real struggle without Outset.”
Julie opened Artizan Gallery on Lucius Street, Torquay in May 2014 achieving immediate success with sell-out gallery exhibitions and local acclaim.
“The space will change all of the time. Exhibitions can run for up to 4 weeks, giving time for repeat visits but also creating a changing space so people always want to come back for more and to see what’s new.”
We also have a great cafe and workshop space that can be rented by the hour.
I hope that Artizan will become part of the jigsaw that puts Torbay on the art map for Devon and the South West.”