Work with me (or stay with me!)
Please get in touch if you are an artist or an organisation who would be interested in support with any of the following:
Funding applications – for lots of money or just a little, from trusts or foundations or public bodies, I can help you to write a funding application or simply offer another pair of eyes when you feel that you’ve been looking at it for too long. Similarly, I can help you to put together a proposal for an exhibition, commission, residency or whatever you might wish to apply for.
Signposting – I can help to point you in the direction of people, places or organisations who might like what you do and be interested in working with you. I’ve worked for a lot of good places and know lots of good people and try to stay in touch with as many as possible.
Strategic planning – whether you’re an individual who needs help in building a short term plan, or an organisation who wants to take a long view, I’d be interested in working with you.
Project evaluation – whether evaluating a round of funding or a specific project, my report-writing skills will ensure that you can return to your funder or governing body feeling confident (and maybe prepared to ask for more).
Project management – I have managed lots of projects, large and small, from their very beginning to their completion. This spans everything including planning, budgeting, scheduling, staffing, marketing, delivering and evaluating.
Events management – Working for galleries, festivals, initiatives and universities has given me experience in managing all sorts of events from symposia to private views and can take excellent care of your remit, speakers, audiences, caterers, running times and (some) technical aspects.
Portfolio review – we can discuss your work or your programme in a supportive and critically engaged context.
Writing – communicating well and appropriately with audiences/a readership is one of my passions. I can apply years of experience in copywriting for interpretation, publicity materials, journal articles and catalogue essays to whatever kind of writing you might need. I am also a very pedantic proof-reader!
Advice – whether you want to make your ideas heard and have your work seen; need to realise you’re not alone in suffering rejection or struggling to support your practice; whether you want to know what a reasonably priced studio should cost per square foot, how to structure a budget and timescale for your project, how to grow your audience or develop a marketing or sustainability plan… if I can’t help you I’ll put you in touch with somebody who can.
Mentoring – I have had a number of informal mentors – Jes Fernie, Wendy Law and Amanda King – so know how valuable this can be. Mentoring could cover all of the above or something else entirely. Get in touch to let me know what you need and we’ll take it from there.
Biography and CV – please click here (correct as of September 2018)
I’m never sure if testimonials are lame or not. If you want to read nice things that people have said about working with me, click here
Artists – I know that cash flow can be tough, but (for better or worse) the visual arts sector thrives on exchange and generosity. If you do require any of these services outside of work time I’m happy to discuss possibilities for exchange based on your skills set: lend me your van, swap me some home-grown veggies, knit me a jumper or (especially) let me know if you plan to relocate anywhere exotic where I can sleep on your sofa once in a blue moon. I will always pay for artwork.