XpoNorth Podcast #002: Sarah Burns

The second of XpoNorth's Podcast, XpoNorth Digital Sector Specialist, Tim Wright, is in conversation with Sarah Burns, a Scottish based Landscape Artist and photographer where she explains her journey into patronage and shares insight into how she approaches her continued engagement with her community.

These podcasts have been curated by XpoNorth to highlight different ways that you can potentially generate new ideas, products, services and income, during what is a very difficult period for most businesses and organisations.

As part of our series of posts on the emergence of patronage and membership models we wanted to speak to people already engaging in the process and ask them to share their experience.

Sarah Burns is a Scottish based landscape artist and photographer who has been using Patreon for five years. By sharing her creative journey, offering guidance and advice through her live streamed “paint along” sessions, and a series of limited edition content and products she has created a loyal and engaged community many of whom subscribe as patrons. Sarah describes it as the “nearest thing she has to a pay cheque.”

Sarah describes how she became involved with patronage models, the ups and downs of it and offers excellent advice and insight to any creative thinking of going on a similar journey.

Date Recorded: February 2020
Date Published: March 2020


Sarah Burns is a Scottish based Landscape Artist and photographer. She has created an online community that follow her work and participate in creative activities and learning opportunities with her. For the last five years she has been using Patroen as a way of monetising this engagement and in the podcast she explains her journey into patronage and shares insight into how she approaches her continued engagement with her community.

Show Highlights:

How Sarah got started in streaming and patronage
Her experience of growing and running a patronage model
What she offers here patrons
How Patreon works
Her approach to developing her community

Interviewee: Sarah Burns – Landscape artist
Host: Tim Wright: Tim Wright is co founder of twintangibles a Scottish based management consultancy and an advisor at XpoNorth Digital

Resources / Articles mentioned in the podcast:


Burns Studio

Sarah's YouTube Channel

Sarah's Patreon Channel



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