It's bloody hard being an artist

At college you had likeminded people around you all the time. And the tea was cheap. But in the real world things are a bit different. You have to work around a pesky day job, shell out cash on a studio, motivate yourself to keep making work, apply for funding, enter competitions, prepare for shows and write statements, if, after all that, you can still remember what your work is about. Like I said, it's bloody hard being an artist.

One-to-one creative catch-ups

Think of me as a creative counsellor, tutor, advisor, sounding board and goal setter. During a one hour 'creative catch-up' everything we discuss will be confidential and focused on you and your practice. Sessions can take place at your studio, at my studio or over Skype and you decide what we talk about, which could include: 

  • Developing your ideas
  • Planning a new body of work
  • Preparing for exhibitions
  • Submitting proposals and applying for funding
  • Writing your artist statement
  • Getting your work out there
  • Managing your workload and meeting deadlines
  • Finding or rediscovering your creative voice
  • Giving you a kick up the arse (but only if you want me to)

I currently mentor a number of artists who exhibit locally, nationally and worldwide. Depending on what suits them, we meet weekly, monthly or just a few times a year.

Is this right for you?

If you are a photographer, video artist or fine art painter with a degree, or you have a few years practice under your belt, then you will find sessions helpful. If you are a total novice I would instead recommend enrolling on a course, visiting exhibitions and surrounding yourself with as many likeminded creative types as possible. That said, please do get in touch as I could certainly help you choose the right course based on your experience, interests and availability.

What next?

By now you're probably thinking, but how much does it cost? The short answer is there's no set cost. It all depends on your current situation. Please drop me a line so we can discuss your needs and see if I can help.