Which Way Now?
20 July – 7 August 2020

Mark Devereux will lead ‘Which Way Now?’ an online short course designed to help you consider the future direction and opportunities for your arts practice.

Taking into account the current climate, you will be looking at the questions that have arisen for you about navigating your career, exploring ways that you can continue to be creative with other external commitments (including caring for young children or other family members) and offer you the tools you need to create a route for a more confident and resilient future as an artist.

‘Which Way Now?’ is an interactive group-based short course, with a maximum of 15 people, which will be delivered online via the Zoom video platform delivered over 2 separate evenings. Mark will guide you through a series of practical questions and discussions, whilst offering personal and practical advice on developing key strategies and techniques to nurture your future practice and career.

This course is designed to give you the tools, strategies and focus that you need to sustain an ongoing arts career during a time of change and will help you assess your core values as well as ask questions about you and your practice.

You will create a new peer network and gain focused one-to-one mentoring support through a dedicated hour-long session with Mark, where you will have time to discuss the personal and confidential questions you may not be able to within a group environment.

Which Way Now has been commissioned and produced by Clayhill Arts.

Course information

Monday 20 July 19:00 – 21:00
The what’s, why’s and how’s of strategic planning for visual artists
A group session discussing what strategic planning is and how to go about populating the strategic planning document (which will be sent to participants in advance). This will be a group video call, with participants actively encouraged to engage in group discussion. You will have the opportunity to meet one another and discuss your current working practice, alongside sharing advice and support to the rest of the group.

You will receive a PDF hand-out of the presentation, a copy of the resources shared in the chat along with a prompt sheet, which will be made available to all after the session.

Community
You will also have access to an online community (set up via Facebook) for peer networking, conversations with Mark and development check-ins throughout the course. This is as much about connecting with one another as it is about creating strategies for a resilient future.

One-to-one Sessions
Included within the course is an hour-long one-to-one mentoring session with Mark. You will arrange this session directly with Mark at a time to suit you both and will be encouraged to discuss details highlighted by the strategic planning exercise, as well as other aspirations you might have for your ongoing practice as an artist. (The mentoring sessions won’t be recorded, nor shared with anyone else; they are for you to gain clarity and focus about your own personal ambitions, career direction and any concerns that may restrict your development.)

Thursday 30 July 19:00 – 21:00
How do I plan my future during a global pandemic
A group session discussing tools, techniques and ideas over how you can implement your plan during these difficult times. You will be invited to share learning outcomes from the strategic planning exercises, with Mark and your peer artists on-hand to offer additional words of support, advice and further direction. This session will aim to draw together each participant’s personal experiences and aspirations to create a whole and in doing so, show mutual support.

You will receive a copy of the documents shared in this call along with additional resources, which will be made available to all after the session.

Each video call will also be recorded and available to all participants for an additional month. It won’t be available anywhere else and password protected.

Costs

£150 for the full course

Clayhill Arts have set up a payment plan, so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 3-12 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.

Book your place here.

Further information

For further information about Which Way Now? visit: www.clayhillarts.co.uk/event/which-way-now

Clayhill Arts (www.clayhillarts.co.uk) is a residential training space for artists and creative professionals based in the heart of Somerset. Offering unique working spaces and accommodation in a retreat-like setting, they provide support and training to those working across the arts. From refining specific skills, to focusing ambitions; learning from industry leaders or working alongside inspiring peers to simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration at crucial points in your creative career, Clayhill provides quality training across a variety of studio spaces, structured residential art courses and programme of events.

 

Image: Artist development programme for socially engaged practitioners, commissioned by Heart of Glass, 2018-19. Photograph courtesy Stephen King.

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