Welcome to the Artist Mentor blog, which aims to share creative ideas, knowledge, skills, and insights from experienced arts insiders. This blog is called ELEVATION because art lifts us up and hopefully shares illuminating interviews, advice, and tips from contemporary creatives, who question the status quo and are committed to exploring new ways to communicate, connect and challenge our perceptions. I have invited a range of extraordinary creatives to share their ideas, processes, values, career highs and lows, motivations, risks, and key learnings. I have selected people that inspire me, through their work, their ideas, their bravery, and consideration of others. I hope you will find their work, experiences and recommendations as interesting and useful as I have. All feedback, recommendations, links, and ideas are very welcome!

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Interview: SARAH COOK

I first met curator, writer and academic Sarah Cook when I was Director of Exhibitions at FACT in Liverpool, in 2004. Sarah was, at that time, engaged in pioneering work, establishing CRUMB (Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss), with co-founder Beryl Graham in Newcastle and Gateshead. Together they hosted workshops and courses worldwide and CRUMB […]

Interview: LOU MENSAH

I have listened to Shade Podcast religiously since writer and photographer Lou Mensah launched it in the summer of 2019. I find Lou’s transparent, no nonsense attitude and genuine curiosity in learning and engaging with her guests refreshing. The range of pro-active, inspiring guests combined with a familial generosity, clarity of ambition and desire to […]


I first met Christian Viveros-Fauné in 2004, when I was Director of Exhibitions at FACT in Liverpool and we were launching Bjørn Melhus’ first UK solo show. Christian represented Bjørn at the time through his gallery, Roebling Hall, (based in Brooklyn, New York). At dinner together, with Bjørn’s German Gallerist, Anita Beckers, I was struck […]


I first met Alkistis Tsampouraki in 2015, when we both worked at Simon Lee Gallery in London. We shared a passion for learning, of facing fears, of not taking ourselves too seriously and to having fun, whilst making weird(er) things happen in the world. Alkistis is kind, considerate, loyal, and often hilariously honest. She has […]


I was introduced to Connal Orton around 2008/2009 by Mark Doyle, who was running the North West Collector Development scheme for Contemporary Art Society. Connal was very supportive of my gallery programme, attended shows, visited artists studios and bought work, including by Matthew Houlding (see below). Connal is an award-winning creative, most recently at the […]


Welcome to my new blog, ELEVATION, which aims to share creative ideas, knowledge, skills, and insights from experienced arts insiders. I have been lucky to have worked with all kinds of creative people over 30 years. Discover more about my winding career path here. Working directly with artists has enriched my life, brought joy, laughter […]



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