My work background is rather varied. I’ve BA (hons.) in Theatre Studies; worked in marketing & PR in the business world for ten years and then trained as a teacher.
In 2011 I went to Goldsmiths, University of London, to do a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.
Now I am a creative freelancer, using my rather wide and unusual mix of skills and experience to help organisations and individuals to be as best as they can. Going from “good to great” in the words of Jim Collins.
I bring big, practical, strategic thinking and a huge flair of creativity to businesses, arts organisations and individuals. I then work to make those ideas happen, either on a contracted project, retainer or through coaching.
I offer a range of services – click through for more information, or email me jen AT jenfarrant DOT com to discuss how I can help you.
- My own writing in my shop
- writing: marketing collateral/blog posts/newsletter/in house publications (examples available) – – more
- writing: ghostwriting ebooks etc – – more
- writing: editing/proofing – – more
- consultancy with businesses to help them find the way forward in a creative way – – more
- consultancy for arts & cultural organisations – developing a strong business way of thinking, while remaining true to their charitable aims – – more
Workshops & seminars
- lectures on business skills/job hunting for university/college students – – more
- creativity workshops – –more
- workshops developed and delivered on topics suitable for your organisation – – more
- coaching for freelancers, or individuals within a business or organisation – – more
- coaching for those who want to develop a creative practice- – more
- basic website build & instruction on how to use & grow them for small business/freelancers/self employed — more
- Arts Award – I am an adviser at all levels and I have an offer for centres, young people and a consultancy offer too – – more
Email [jen AT jenfarrant DOT com] me to discuss how we could work together
Speaking & writing
I am keen to take up opportunities around writing and speaking on any of the topics I talk about on my blog including: the arts; arts management; arts education; bringing business skills and outlook to the arts; creative thinking in business; developing a creative practice; being a freelancer; disability and chronic illness.
Jen Farrant introducing the work ‘Donkey Skin’, at the Gateway Learning Community, as part of a European and Grants for the Arts Project. Image used with permission and thanks. Copywrite Blatella Productions.
If you want something done – fast, well, efficiently – ask the busiest woman you know … and that’s Jen Farrant. She crackles with energy, ideas and know-how: vague concepts turn into concrete actions in her hands: …. and then she’s off running a race or two!” Jennie Buckman, writer & acting coach.
For Trinity College London I strategically plan and deliver on the marketing and development campaign for the Arts Award Supporter programme. I plan, write and deliver direct mail campaigns, write case studies and deliver training around the Supporter programme. I continually develop new ideas and ways to promote Supporter, often in response to spending time talking to Supporters and exploring their experiences. It became clear to me that an initial starter pack was required, which I wrote, and managed through the design process. This has become a central part of the Supporter programme. I was involved in brainstorming, writing and developing the new Supporter website.
Working with Jen is like you’re simply creating a fantastic opportunity without having to think about it. Her pro-active approach and can-do attitude means you can get on with your area of work in the safe knowledge that the project is going to happen successfully without having to spend lots of time overseeing it or answering questions. I found working with Jen easy, flexible and enjoyable – all the attributes needed for a successful working relationship.
Emrys Green, THEATRE IS… and CEG productions
For Stagecoach Theatre Arts I researched potential accreditations for them which may give extra credence to the work they do. This was a major undertaking, which resulted in a substantial report with a picture of competitiors, a critique of their current way of working, investigation into the industry and recommendations for moving forward. This was delivered to the Board of Directors. I have also taught on their ADPA course, and lectured on their joint course with RADA.
For THEATRE IS… and Gateway Learning Community I managed and delivered projects for an Interreg programme and Grants for the Arts bid. This included working with numerous partners – including the Royal Opera House in Thurrock, Southend YMCA, and European partners, Compagnie ECO. For one project I organised professional practitioners to work with students over a ten week period, which culminated in a week intensive workshop with the French professional dance company. At the end of the week the students performed the pieces they had developed with the professional dancers to a live audience. This also worked towards Arts Award Bronze.
For THEATRE IS… I developed and project managed a large community project – Totally Tilbury, which was a celebration of Tilbury. It included performances from the community, after working with professional artists over a month, local gospel choir and dance school performances, workshops and community groups exhibiting the work they do.
‘Totally Tilbury simply would not have existed without Jen Farrant. Her passion was constant and inspiring, but not without incredible focus and attention to organisational detail. She also did whatever was necessary, whenever it was necessary, regardless of whether it was supposed to be her job or not!’
I am very interested in doing research in academic studies and more business focused work, as well as writing – both fact based and about my personal experiences in business, arts and fitness.
These are just a few examples of the work which I do.