Continuing a-n’s 2018 programme of professional development opportunities for members, two new bursaries have just launched offering one-to-one support for artists through a series of coaching or mentoring sessions.

The a-n Coaching 2018 programme is open to a-n Artist members, Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members, and Arts Organiser members. The programme offers each recipient three fully subsidised one-hour coaching sessions with an accredited coach. The coaches all work within the visual arts sector and are trained and accredited by Relational Dynamics 1st through a-n’s Visual Arts Coaching Course, which has trained 34 Artist and Arts Organiser members over the past two years.

Coaching sessions will take place remotely, with contact either by phone or video calling, making sessions flexible and accessible. The sessions will take place over a three to six month period, starting from September 2018. 15 places are available.

Also open to a-n Artist members, Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members, Arts Organiser members, the a-n Mentoring 2018 programme offers each recipient four fully subsidised one-hour mentoring sessions with one of five visual arts mentors: Bill CampbellRosalind DavisLucy DayAmanprit SandhuEmilia Telese.

Each of the four sessions will be undertaken over a 12-month period, again offered remotely via phone or video calling from September 2018. 25 places are available.

The deadline for both programmes is 11am, Monday 23 July 2018.
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Announcing the new programme, a-n’s External Programmes and Partnerships Manager Hannah Pierce said: “We are excited to be offering two new member opportunities this year through Coaching and Mentoring, and to be expanding the types of support that a-n offers members to support their professional development.

“Both coaching and mentoring can support artists to develop creatively and professionally, and we very much encourage applications from members at any stage in their artistic career.

“We are very pleased to be continuing our commitment to increasing access to coaching in the visual arts, and for RD1st accredited artist-coaches to be working with us to offer the benefits of coaching to the wider a-n membership. It’s also great news that five fantastic mentors will be sharing their invaluable experience as artists, curators and founders of exciting and innovative projects across the UK with a-n Artists and Arts Organiser members.”

Mentor Emilia Telese added: “I am delighted to be part of the a-n mentor team this year. I look forward to sharing more than 20 years’ experience as an artist, funder and fundraiser in the UK and Europe, and my passion for providing artists with the tools to become independent, self-reliant and financially sustainable with a-n members.”

Coaching or Mentoring: which is right for you?

Coaching provides a safe, confidential, developmental space within which to explore specific issues (either known or as they arise), aspirations and challenges. Coaching concentrates on ‘where we are now and what we are willing to do to get to where we want to be in the future’. This process is supported by the coach’s interventions, support and application of the coaching process.

Mentoring is a supportive, long-term relationship between two people – an experienced ‘mentor’ and less experienced ‘mentee’. A mentor takes an advisory role to support an artist in developing their professional career, with a longer-term view in developing and articulating future goals.

For more information on the benefits to artists of coaching and mentoring, and to find out about the differences between these two approaches to interaction and personal, professional development, read a-n’s new guide Coaching or Mentoring: which is right for you?

Apply for a-n Coaching 2018 bursary – Deadline 11am, Monday 23 July 2018.

Apply for a-n Mentoring 2018 bursary – Deadline 11am, Monday 23 July 2018.

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