Artist Mentor enables contemporary artists and creative professionals to make significant changes in their work and lives.
We have mentored and coached hundreds of creative clients from across the globe to improve their work, lives, businesses, and their careers.
We love helping creative people be more successful.
Whether you want to make better work, attract more studio visits, exhibitions, build your network, create a more compelling website, make more income, or get that new job, we can help you shine.
Together we take stock of your work and creative journey to date, clarify your strengths, purpose, and opportunities, and define the steps you need to take to achieve your goals.
We work with individuals over an agreed period, as a challenging, critical friend, providing accountability to ensure lasting transformation.
We plan with you how to integrate what you’ve learned within your everyday life and schedule, ensuring you continue to thrive.
We provide one-to-one and group sessions, providing learning and skill sharing opportunities through expert led classes, resources and free community events and resources.
We also have a network of Associate Mentors we provide regular work to - a diverse mix of experienced artists, curators, educators and gallerists, enabling us to respond to increased demand and support a growing range of client and sector needs. All sessions are confidential and your Artist Mentor mentor or coach will be a committed, trusted critical friend.
Why get a Mentor or Coach?
If you’re a creative, chances are you’re an introvert, deep thinker and highly sensitive - great qualities for realising innovative work!
Unfortunately, we know that a high percentage of creative people can often feel isolated, rejected, and suffer from self-doubt, negative self-talk, or imposter syndrome.
Old stories may weigh heavily and inhibit your growth, or you get stuck in a fear of failure loop or suffer from self-destructive habits.
It might be that you simply can’t see the wood from the trees and have lost sight of your priorities or strengths.
Having a trusted champion, committed to helping you flourish, helps you identify and make the changes necessary to reach your goals.
A mentor or coach believes in you, recognises your special sauce, identifies opportunities, new tools, and growth potential with you, setting you challenges or targets to help you take the appropriate steps.
What's the difference between Mentoring and Coaching?
A Mentor can serve as a critical sounding board at critical points throughout your creative career, providing an insider's perspective and guidance you may not be able to get from other sources.
The role of a mentor is to listen, learn, and advise and is usually a longer-term relationship.
A mentor can help you excel in your practice and career, and become the best version of yourself, helping you achieve your goals, introducing you to new ways of thinking, challenging your limiting assumptions, signposting, and offering critical feedback.
A mentor will often draw on their personal experiences and expertise to help advise and encourage dialogue with their mentee. This could be in the form of sharing a story, tools, resources, or lessons learned from a challenge they overcame in their career. This kind of personal dialogue is encouraged in a mentoring relationship.
A Coach encourages self-discovery and growth to secure lasting change. Together we assess your current situation and challenges, identify limiting beliefs, interrogate, and address perceived obstacles.
We create a safe thinking environment, ask incisive questions and devise a custom plan of action designed to help you achieve specific outcomes. We nurture creative strategies based on what fits best with your goals, personality and vision and foster accountability to increase productivity.
Coaching partnerships are usually more short term than mentoring relationships, as they are usually objective driven and more structured. Someone may seek out a coach to help them develop a specific skill or work through a particular limiting belief. The coaching could well end once that skill or objective had been acquired.
A coach can help increase your self-awareness: identifying areas for improvement, and challenging assumptions that may be preventing you achieve your goals. Coaching is often used for the development of leadership skills, where they may train you in the art of questioning to equip you to manage others better or identifying limiting beliefs in yourself.
The relationship between a client and their coach is a collaborative creative partnership.