Hello this is my blog to record the development I make following the offer of a-n bursary for professional development.
First off making the application was helpful because it made me think what on earth do I want help with?
After a white board moment in the shed and some advice from a trusted friend I came up with some ideas: mentoring, support from role models who are ahead of me and more experienced. Talking to galleries about their relationships with artists, how to progress my work, thinking about locations for future work and of course personal development in terms of thinking, attitude and strategy…to an artist this all sounds a bit managerial but I know it’s important to focus on these things to have a clearer and more professional idea of my practice. Yes time to face the music.
So I applied – The bursary has come at a really good time for me as I have had regular exhibitions for the last few years and been very busy with preparations for those, all of them have been useful, very different and helped me learn a lot. Now though I have no print dates or deadlines fixed and can think about underpinning my practice with some time to myself.
To do this I have arranged with the local estate of Ashburnham to go and be their artist in residence in return for a space to work in. Its pretty open ended though I have suggested 6 months as a guide to myself, probably working 2 days a week there. More about that later in the blog as I haven’t started it just yet.
I will be joined by two other artists at my invitation and perhaps more if it works out throughout the residency. Some peer support I think will be good for me and the residency as a whole.
I approached Vanessa Gardiner, an artist I have admired for several years to mentor me. She very kindly said yes and I was lucky to be in her area on a short family holiday over Easter (staying in an eco yurt in Devon) I met her and felt both relief that she spoke my art language and excitement about how this is going to develop. To be honest I had been feeling a bit apprehensive about the idea of tackling both myself and my work – it seems like stepping off a cliff….in a leap of faith or an act of madness…
I am also going to receive coaching from Colin Pink, an art historian, poet, play write and life coach. This starts on Friday with a Discovery session – more about that in the next post! By then I may be a whole new woman and artist…!