Art Practice Mentoring | individual sessions for writers and other practitioners | enhanced creative development | approaches, productivity, projects | autonomy, new confidence |
Please note. I currently have no availability. There are some slots opening up in August’21. Feel free to contact me by writing to the email below.
Individual Art Practice Mentoring
Whether you are new to writing, or text-based art-making, or are more experienced, these mentoring sessions are designed to support you in any way you require at this point in time.
They can provide you with a place to talk through the development of your ideas, content and materials, share your personal and creative motivations, shake off procrastination, and hone in on your methods, strengths, ways of working.
We will look at ways you can plan a piece of work, organise your time, and how to enable your concentration, deepen your focus and sense of inner freedom.
Questions of identity, cultural belonging, background, and experiences of brushing against the status quo can at times deeply test our resolve as a writer/artist. These are important aspects to tease out in order to favour your approach to your work, and build up your fearlessness and sense of purpose, as well as your excitement about making work and taking new risks with your materials.
Writing can take many forms, use different content and outputs, be creative or non-fiction. It can be part of a performance, sound-pieces, or site-specific. Each presents their own sets of questions. If you are preparing a reading, or setting up a show, we can rehearse it together and set you up for your online presentations.
These mentoring sessions are private and tailored to support and encourage your processes, your thoughts, your risk-taking, your dilemmas and grow your sense of confidence.
I have been developing these mentoring sessions to help and encourage writers and artists to get further in their practice. To deal with personal demands as well as work through the isolation we’re all affected by at this time.
The sessions are intimate and personalised. We create a pace and focus together so as to best work with your level, experience and needs. To make our work together worthwhile in deepening your practice, commitment for packages of sessions across a few months is essential.
Sessions are usually in English as the vehicular language. They can also be in Norwegian, French or other languages as part of your work.
If this feels like something you could benefit from, or if you have any additional questions, just get in touch. Prior to any commitment, I also offer a 20 mins free initial consultation to make sure I can be of help and that we “click”.
Do make contact by emailing me here.
Caroline Bergvall, May’ 21.
Photo credit: Christa Holka
I have over 25 years of experience teaching writing and art practices in universities and art colleges across the world. I have held appointments at Kings College London, Dartington College of Arts, Bard College Summer Program, Temple University Philadelphia, School of Art and Design Geneva. In many of my roles, I have been responsible for curriculum development, research supervision and have structured as well as taught writing and interdisciplinary courses. As a Fellow for institutions such as Cambridge University, Whitechapel Gallery London or the Gray Center for the Arts Chicago, I have been invited to create writing-led public events.
As well as undertaking teaching and lecturing roles, I often work with external organisations to host in-person and online workshops with artists and writers looking to hone and develop their craft.
I’ve been asked to mentor in the past and was unable to undertake this, but now due to lockdown and the interconnectivity that this new, more digital world has brought us, I have decided to work online in a more personal way.
My approach to these sessions is not fixed. We set the agenda together, talk about what you would like to achieve and I see if I can assist you as you progress with your writing and your art.
I’m looking forward to helping you with your journey if I can.
Let’s find out! Just contact me here.
Sessions come in packages of hourly sessions. They take place over a few months and can happen across timezones. Packages of 5 are offered at a fixed rate of £ 340.
Please note. Close reading of longer drafts are not included but can be arranged separately.