Preparing for a mentoring session
First meetings are either a half-day session or full day, usually in your studio, or with a laptop if you don’t have a studio. Meetings outside of your studio in London are held at the House of Saint Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London W1D 4NQ. If you work outside of London you can either travel to London to meet or I can come to you, but travel, expenses (lunch and dinner, accommodation if necessary) costs will be additional.
We begin the session with you talking me through your work and career path to date, showing me images that you think best represent your practice from the start of your career to the present day.
Please bring a statement and your CV so we can talk through that too.
I will feedback on your work, your statement and CV and we will discuss your challenges and agree an action plan.
The House of St Barnabas
This usually involves you addressing some things post visit (homework) and then us either meeting again, or we do follow up via email, Skype or phone.
You can book as many or as few sessions over any period of time that’s appropriate for you..
We can discuss if your work is exhibition ready and appropriate for contemporary commercial galleries. I cannot guarantee gallery representation of course, but I can certainly shed light on what it means to be represented, pricing and how your work relates to the market. It will depend on how long you choose for your mentoring sessions, as this will dictate how much strategising we can do.
Everything is much easier to do once we have met, as its very difficult to really get a sense of what the challenges are until I study your work, hear you talk about your practice, how you go about promoting and marketing yourself, how you've achieved what you have to date and what things you have in the pipeline. The work and you yourself combined give me the whole picture, and from this I can assess the best short, medium and long term goals, depending on how much time you want to give to mentoring sessions.
In half a day (four hours) we can hope to achieve:
• A review of your work and career journey to date
• Objective feedback on the work, with a curatorial overview of where the work is currently and where it can potentially move to
• An assessment of what you believe the challenges are for you and what I see as the challenges
• Support with overcoming creative blocks
• Contextualising your practice
• Suggestions for making the work more accessible to a wider audience
• Suggestions for improving your marketing and networking strategies
In a full day we can hope to achieve all of the above but in addition, for example,
• A full critical discussion about your work
• Tips on pricing your work
• Some suggestions of art world insiders that might connect with your work
This is, of course, a guideline as everybody is different and you may want to focus on one specific area, or potentially getting to the core of the issues in the work may take up more time than marketing for example, but that will become apparent once we have met.
Depending on the nature of the help required, follow up sessions can be conducted by phone, email, Skype or in person and be paid for at the hourly rate. This is usually reserved for feedback on applications, competitions, prizes, new work or a specific problem for example.