Feb 21 2023
Asking the Unknown: an insight into grant-making

Not your usual ‘meet the funder’ event…!

Want to hear what goes on in behind the scenes at a funding organisation? Looking beyond grants application processes and eligibility criteria, join us on Tuesday 21 February at 1pm on Zoom to hear directly from leading grants funders and discover what makes some of the UK’s most innovative arts funding organisations so influential in their field.

Whether you fundraise as an individual or on behalf of an organisation, are new to grants fundraising or are just interested in the contemporary funding landscape, this event is for you.

We are thrilled to be joined by Bhavisha Kukadia Moran, Grants Manager at Freelands Foundation and Pauline Redondo Etim, Relationship Manager, Dance & Senior Relationship Manager, Combined Arts at Arts Council England and Mirka Kotulicova, Project Manager (Visual Arts) at Jerwood Arts on our panel.

Secure your free spot now via the Eventbrite link on the side.

This will be a chance to find out what goes on behind the scenes at arts funding organisations, so if you have something that you’ve always wanted to know but have never had the chance to ask, please send it to us in advance at info@youngartsfundraisers.org; we want to hear from you!

Meet the Panel:

Mirka Kotulicova
Project Manager (Visual Arts), Jerwood Arts

Mirka joined Jerwood Arts in March 2022. Her role involves managing the administration and delivery of Jerwood Arts’ visual arts programmes and funding opportunities, including Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator (a leadership programme for early-career curators from working class/low socio-economic backgrounds) and Jerwood Developing Artists Fund (a fund supporting organisations across the UK to design imaginative developmental programmes for artists). She also advises on funding, participates in assessment and selection processes and works on evaluation.

Mirka previously worked at Arts Council England as a Relationship Manager (2020-2022), and in production roles at community arts organisations and contemporary arts festivals in Kent.

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. They collaborate with organisations across art forms to imagine a more sustainable sector.

Bhavisha Kukadia-Moran
Grants Manager, Freelands Foundation 

Bhavisha Kukadia-Moran is an arts fundraiser turned grant maker based in Leeds. As Grants Manager for Freelands Foundation, her focus has been on creating and managing grants programmes which meet the needs of organisations, artists and creatives in the UK, with special focus on tackling racism in the visual arts and education through targeted grants and research commissions with The Runnymede Trust.

With specialisms in charity law, fundraising strategy, partnerships and organisational development, Bhavisha has worked across regional and national organisations such as Southbank Centre, Arts Council Collection and Opera North. Bhavisha has also recently completed a 4-year cycle as Trustee and Vice Chair of East Street Arts, Leeds. Her professional passion is for creating the environment for high impact projects and meaningful change, policy writing and championing those from any walk of life to find inspiration and joy in the arts.

Freelands Foundation works to broaden access to art education and the visual arts across the UK. They work with teachers and educators to develop diverse and ambitious approaches to art education, support artists and arts organisations across the breadth of the UK to develop and present original ideas and practices, and commission research that explores the value that art and culture bring to society.

Pauline Redondo Etim
Relationship Manager for Dance and Senior Project Manager, Arts Council England

 Born and raised in south London and originally from a line of strong women from Calabar, Nigeria, Pauline has worked across the cultural, public and non-profit sectors for over 20 years. Pauline started her career in administrative roles in the creative industries and local government.

 As a fundraiser, Pauline has raised six figure, multi-year funding across a range of sources to support inspiring work in arts, youth services and mental health settings. Pauline has been blessed with a somewhat winding career that didn’t make sense at the time but is slowly coming together. The most important things about her are being married to Manuel and mum to Abigail.

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. By investing public money from Government and The National Lottery, they aim to deliver the vision for England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences.



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