We help arts organisations explore enterprise and alternative funding.

We’re ArtsVentures, a consultancy passionate about supporting the creative sector and developing the organisations within it.

Our mission is to help cultural organisations become more self-sufficient, taking an asset based approach to generating earned income.

Our approach is simple

ArtsVentures collaborate


The best ideas often come from those within the organisation, so we always look to collaborate with staff and Board in our work.

ArtsVentures bespoke


We prioritise the ability to work flexibly with each client, avoiding grants that dictate unhelpful project goals so that the working dynamic and pace is effective.

ArtsVentures supportive


Our goal is to coach our clients to a point where we become redundant. We aim to support you to manage the evolution of your business and feel confident to carry it forwards after our work has ended.

We believe great art is a catalyst for positive change in people and society

Where we focus our work

We work with arts and cultural organisations who are seeking to adapt and evolve their business model.

We look to bring both capacity and skills that support organisations to explore how they can become more enterprising and more impactful. We will research the potential for growth or change in products and services, with a particular focus on where organisations can secure sources of funding that bring sustainability, flexibility and longer term investment. We aim to work over a time frame that has momentum but also works sensitively to support often transformative operational changes that eventually makes our skills redundant.

From the industry

Our people

We aim to attract and retain the best talent in the sector to work on large scale impact.

We bring in people from a range of backgrounds as we believe that these complex social issues can only be solved by using a variety of perspectives to develop projects that deliver aligned social impact and earned income. We are employee owned as our people are our business, incentives and motivations are all aligned to delivering for our clients and partners in order to drive the business forward.

Meet the founders

ArtsVentures Richard Speak

Richard Speak is a Chartered Accountant and trained in law, specialising in corporate finance, equity and debt fundraising. In 2012 Richard redirected his career to Social Investment and is now a leading Impact Investment specialist.

ArtsVentures Alice Millest

Alice Millest leads on ArtVentures and is a Trustee of Clean Break, a charity using performance art to work with female offenders. She started her career in leveraged finance, initially at Investec and then Ares Capital, before joining Social Finance, the leading Social Investment intermediary, to work with charities and social enterprises.

Do you have a big idea but don’t know how to fund it or where to turn for advice?

Are you a Charity or Social Enterprise looking at scaling your Impact, in need of strategic advice or seeking social investment?

Do you want to invest for impact but not sure of the quality or reliability of products or funds classed as sustainable or impactful?

Talk to us on: +44 (0) 203 637 9832 or

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