Who can apply: a-n Artist members, Arts Organiser Members, Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members.
What: 14 fully-funded course places to become an accredited coach, plus a bursary of up to £400 for expenses.
When: 8 day programme held at The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster. Training: 17-19 April 2018, 23-25 May 2018. Accreditation: 21-22 June 2018.
Deadline: 3pm, Monday 29 January 2018.


a-n is offering 14 fully funded places on the a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st. Attendance at the 8-day course in Lancaster will be supported by an a-n bursary of up to £400 for attendance expenses

Launched in 2017, the course is part of a-n’s commitment to supporting artists’ livelihoods and is the first course of its kind for visual artists. Last year 16 artists completed the coaching course with Relational Dynamics 1st (RD1st), an organisation that specialises in training people from all professions and backgrounds to be coaches.

The 2017 artist-coaches’ experience gave a strong indication of the positive impact becoming an accredited coach can have on their practice and potential, and on the benefits it could have within their extended professional networks.

“The course was very, very good. Never before have I learnt so much about myself as well as gaining so many new skills in such a short period of time. It has changed my outlook on life and has changed my life for the better… I have started coaching 6 artists.”  Dorian Jose Braun, a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course 2017 alumni.

Coaching provides a supportive, challenging and dedicated framework for ‘extraordinary thinking’. Successful coaching releases insight, know-how and untapped creativity in an individual, and within groups. It can bring vital support to those seeking change, a shift in gear and renewed focus.

During this course you will undergo coaching which will enable you to access and process thoughts and ideas that will challenge perceived barriers and map out a route to change and development, while also training to become an accredited coach capable of offering others the same opportunity in future.

Following course completion all newly accredited coaches share their experience of coaching by delivering 8 free coaching sessions (usually 4 sessions for 2 people) to artists within their peer group or network within their first year as a coach.

Deadline for applications: 3pm, Monday 29 January 2018

How to apply

Send the following 3 pdf files to [email protected] with ‘a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course 2018’ in the email header:

1. Your application form saved as a pdf (with your name first in the title eg Freda_Bloggs_Coaching_Course_Application)

2. Your up-to-date CV including links to relevant websites (in 1 pdf file, with your name first in the title eg Freda_Bloggs_CV)

3. A completed equality and diversity monitoring form (in 1 pdf file with your name first in the title eg Freda_Bloggs_EDform)

Further information

1. Who can apply?

Current Artist, Arts Organiser or Joint  (Artist and Arts Organiser) a-n members.

2. What can coaching do? What is the course content and approach?

Coaching can:

  • Develop leaders – define the leadership qualities that are crucial to your success
  • Enhance performance and effectiveness
  • Strengthen and build personal and professional relationships
  • Improve communication – interpersonal and professional
  • Facilitate change
  • Challenge and break repeat patterns in work or life
  • Increase self-awareness, confidence and resilience

The RD1st accredited coaching course, is a highly interactive, practice based programme covering an eclectic mix of skills, theory and investigation relating to coaching, relational dynamics and leadership.  Current theories are presented to be discussed, debated and explored.

The course is equally suitable for those wishing to explore one to one coaching, action learning sets, to enhance leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills and/or utilise coaching skills in the workplace or in day-to-day interactions. Through the inherent course process of coaching others and being coached, greater self-awareness is achieved through an exploration of aspiration, beliefs, values, emotional intelligence and your relational dynamics with others.

Aspects of the course include: key coaching skills, active listening, trust, personal leadership, values, enhanced self-awareness, models from NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), clean language techniques, advanced goal setting, strategies for change, action learning sets, negotiation skills, effective enquiry, NVC (non-violent communication), language of precision, dealing with difficult conversations, emotional intelligence, ethics and the giving and receiving of feedback.

All course participants are expected to work within the boundaries of the course code of ethics of which confidentiality forms a critical part.

3. How do you become accredited?

To achieve accreditation, you will be expected to complete the following.

Written Submissions:

  • A comprehensive case study (500-1000 words).
  • A discourse on a specific topic relating to coaching and leadership (500 – 750).

Practice Hours:

  • You will be paired up with a course partner to undertake
  • A proven delivery of a series of coaching sessions (5 x 50 mins minimum).
  • A proven experience of being coached (5 x 50 mins minimum).
  • A one-hour coaching session with someone not on the course (in addition to the 8 free sessions delivered after accreditation)

Live Assessment:

  • On the final day of the course you will coach a fellow course-member and be assessed by an RD1st accredited coach.

4. What can be supported by the bursary?

Bursaries of up to £400 can be applied for to cover the costs associated with course attendance. The course takes place at The Dukes, Lancaster, UK. The venue is wheelchair accessible and has an induction loop in the training room.

The following expenses can be covered and should be itemised in your application:

  • Reasonable national travel costs to and from Lancaster.
  • Accommodation in Lancaster.
  • Contribution to any caring costs or access needs.

5. What is the selection process?

Bursary applicants will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Clearly motivated by coaching for their own professional development, and as a means of augmenting their income to support their art practice.
  • Demonstrates their motivation to play a pivotal and developmental role in their own artist peer networks.
  • Has a proven way of reaching a peer network that will benefit from access to them as a coach.

The selection panel is made up of a-n staff and advisors.

6. Why do a-n offer a coaching course?

The a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st aims to:

  • Improve artists’ livelihoods by enhancing their leadership skills and potential to augment their income.
  • Increase the number of individuals offering and benefitting from affordable coaching in the visual arts.

7. What can’t be supported?

  • Applications from students on an undergraduate course.
  • Applications from artists within 24 months of completing an undergraduate course.
  • Applications from individuals without a valid a-n membership.
  • Applications from members who do not have a UK bank account.
  • Any incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline of 3pm Monday 29 January 2018.

8. Conditions and notes:

  • In submitting an application, you confirm that you are a current Artist, Arts Organiser or Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) member, and are not a student on an undergraduate course or within 24 months of completing an undergraduate course.
  • In order to preserve as much money as possible for bursaries, a-n can’t respond to requests for advice in shaping applications or queries about the terms or eligibility criteria.
  • We advise not leaving the sending of your application to the last day.
  • The decision to award or not is at the discretion of a-n The Artists Information Company.
  • By accepting a place on the course offer you commit to taking part in evaluation of the bursary programme and providing feedback following programme completion.
  • Members will only be able to accept one a-n member opportunity each in 2018. If you receive an offer from us and have further applications pending we will manage this process with you on an individual basis.
  • By accepting a place on the course you commit to delivering 8 free coaching sessions (usually 4 sessions for 2 people) to artists within you peer group or network within 1 year of becoming accredited.
  • When offering the free 8 coaching sessions coaches must acknowledge a-n’s support of these sessions with the following credit line “(your name) has taken part a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st which forms part of a-n’s ongoing commitment to supporting members professional development.”

More on a-n.co.uk

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a-n Blogs: read posts by a-n members who took part in the a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with RD1st in 2017.

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