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Crowdfunding talk with Tom Broadbent

With more than 15 years’ experience, London-based photographer Tom Broadbent works across all areas of portrait photography on commissioned and self-initiated assignments. Tom is perhaps best known for his series At Home With The Furries, which he has been working on for several years. The project depicts members of the British furry community who dress up in animal costumes, it has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine and is exhibiting at this year’s Northern Eye Festival on Platform 2 of Colwyn Bay Railway Station.

Just over a year ago Tom successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign for his book to accompany the series. For the campaign he used the Kickstarter platform and saw 205 backers pledge £10,181 to successfully bring the project to life.

“A good friend and fellow photographer told me that doing a crowdfunder is very different to talking about doing one. I sadly wasn’t listening too closely and so when I launched a Kickstarter to fund the printing of my photobook, At Home With The Furries in March 2018, it was a lot like being dropped into the deep end of a swimming pool which had the added bonus of being freezing cold. It was 30 days of constantly trying to keep my head above water and the campaign rolling.”

Tom shares his experiences of crowdfunding this project and reveals valuable insights on what he has learnt along the way. He highlights the importance of collaboration, the why’s, the how’s, things that worked well, things that didn’t work so well and the nine or so golden rules to follow when you’re planning your own crowdfunder.

See you there!

If you would like a copy of the book it can be purchased directly from HERE - Tom will also be bringing copies along to his talk and is happy to sign or dedicate any personally on the day.


Friday 11th October / 6pm


limited places available

booking is essential

The talk has been made available FREE with the support of IMAGINE Colwyn Bay, an exciting project placing culture, creativity and community at the heart of Colwyn Bay’s regeneration.

Imagine Colwyn Bay is funded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Great Place scheme, with additional funding from Bay of Colwyn Town Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Colwyn BID

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