Art Practice Mentoring | individual sessions for writers, artists and other independent practitioners | enhanced creative and life-path development | different approaches, productivity, projects | autonomy, renewed confidence |
Please note. I currently have no availability. There are some openings in Dec’21 and Jan’22. New rates will apply. 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.
WHO YOU ARE
I have been developing these mentoring sessions to deal with the personal and professional demands of working through the isolation we have all been affected by this past year. Things are changing and the sessions are here to help and encourage writers and artists of all kinds pick up your own steam again, assess your priorities and sense of risk, and apply yourself to getting further and deeper in your practice.
The sessions are also tailored to support independent practitioners (coaches, curators, organisers, team leaders…) who wish to tap more into your creative energy to bring a creative mindset to the fore in your work and decision-making process, and overall choose to enhance the creative pull and assets of your personal and inner life.
HOW IT WORKS
The sessions are intimate and personalised. We set the agenda together, talk about what you would like to achieve, discuss what might be holding you back or help you forward. We then plan how to progress this together, and support your various thresholds.
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, Oct’ 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 online. Due to lockdown and the interconnectivity that more digital and hybrid ways of working has brought us, I decided to offer online mentoring and have done so uninterruptedly since March 2020. In order to better adapt my mentoring to online contact and work, I have taken on and supplemented my teaching experience with online coaching training, both individuals and groups.
SESSIONS FEES / NEW RATES (Dec’21).
Sessions come in packages of hourly sessions that take place every two weeks to allow for steady development. Sessions can take place across any timezones at times mutually agreed.
Due to much increased demand and workload, from December 2021 packages of 5 individual sessions will be offered at a fixed rate of £ 435 (£87 per session) – payment plan is offered.
I’m looking forward to helping you with your journey if I can. Let’s find out! Just contact me and detail some of your immediate needs and queries: here.
Please note. Close critical reading of longer drafts is no part of the mentoring. It can be taken on as one-off.