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Coaching or Mentoring: which is right for you?

a-n’s External Programmes and Partnerships Manager Hannah Pierce offers advice on the benefits to artists of mentoring and coaching, and highlights some of the differences between these two approaches to interaction and personal, professional development.

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a-n Mentoring 2018

As part of our commitment to supporting artists’ professional development, we are offering 25 places for a-n members to remotely access a series of mentoring sessions with one of five visual arts mentors.

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Conversation

Mentoring

I live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. I am trying to find a way of being supported with my artwork.  I struggle have mental health difficulties which limits me at times with working.  However I always return to art and would […]

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Long time no speak…

Hellooooooo (I meant to put that many “o’s” by the way and in my head sounded quite like Mrs Bucket (Bouquet), if you don’t know who that is shame on you). So I have no written for quite a while […]

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Mentoring

I’ve decided to set up some mentoring. It feels like a good time to do this now that I have a clearer sense of my research interests. I’m looking forward to the trip to York and the Dalby Forest – the […]

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Making

A couple of years ago I undertook a period of professional development myself. It’s always good to stop and look at what you’re doing and think about where you want to go next. It was a very valuable experience and […]

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StudioBook – Week 2

24.07.17 – 28.07.17 Not exactly rejuvenated, but certainly less nervous than the precious Monday, the second week began. Maybe it was that the group were now comfortable with one another, or that the topics covered in week 2 were a […]

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December 2016: End of the Mentoring

My mentor encouraged me to experiment with still life beyond the dolls. I had produced a portrait of my cats using their chewed cat toys for an exhibition I curated at PAPER, The Cat Show, and considered how I could […]

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David Hancock – Professional Development Bursary

As a recipient of the Professional Development Bursary, I asked for support to investigate the potential of identify potential galleries with whom I could develop a relationship and possibly gain gallery representation. My mentor worked with me over 9 months to realise this.

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StudioBook – Week 1

17.07.17 – 22.07.17 The week began with a morning of presentations to introduce ourselves and our practices – watched and commented on by Manchester Art Gallery curator, Kate Jesson. So no pressure. I’d practiced what I would say in the […]

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Untitled blog post from "StudioBook 2017 a-n Bursary"

I applied to StudioBook’s open call in April 2017 having moved up to Manchester from London six months earlier. This relocation was largely to enable more focus on my artistic practice – something that was never fully possible in the […]

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StudioBook 2017 a-n Bursary

StudioBook is an 8-month artist mentoring programme by Mark Devereux Projects. I have been selected as one of the twelve participating artists and will be documenting the experience via this a-n blog.

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researching the hell out of the sculpture…

I am now recording (with permission) conversations with friends which cover aspects of my practice that I want to research, the recordings are a not only a great way for me to revisit good ideas and thoughts but also to […]

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Review of the Mentoring Year

After leaving art school first time around, I really wasn’t clear what I wanted to do with the experience of the four years behind me. Some folk seemed quite well prepared and focused on what to do next, they appeared […]

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Process, Process, Process

It was Tues 26th April 2016 (previously I had mistakenly remembered it to be May) and I met up with the lovely Morag Ballantyne in my studio at NN Contemporary Art. I have known Morag since 2009 (or was it 2008?), […]

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Online learning and applications

Having completed the online course I was studying, a little behind schedule, I can now review it. In principle, online courses are great, especially if you live in an area where the educational provision does not meet your requirements. If […]

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The Coach and Me: Part 2

So I promised you part 2 and here it is   So when I had my next session with Tamara I was feeling incredibly stressed and by the time it ended I had calmed down and resolved to change my […]

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The Coach and Me: Part 1 …..

The last few weeks of my life have been a bit of a nightmare.  Firstly my father was taken seriously ill and nearly a month on is still in hospital, and then a University I contracted (and am still waiting […]

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Professional Development Training Course Experience

Aside from the main activity of mentoring, another activity I identified and proposed for this bursary was attendance at a number of professional development workshops and events. I have previously attended great events at the Cultural Enterprise Office on writing […]

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Mentoring sessions review

Although I have not finished all the activities I outlined to use the professional development bursary for, I think now is a good time to look at how I have used the mentoring sessions it was mainly for. For part […]

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