Professional Development Workshops for Artists
Professional Development Workshops for Commissioners

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Events are individually tailored to client’s needs


Mentoring and Coaching
Frances mentors artists working in all disciplines, however she is particularly interested in working with artists from an applied arts background to develop their work within the field of public art and site-specific commissioning. Frances is also a qualified coach who incorporates coaching tools and techniques into her mentoring sessions to help identify and review goals, actions, options and outcomes.

"I have always found Frances to be warm, dependable, hard-working and conscientious. She is committed to supporting others, and clearly takes great pleasure in seeing other people blossom in their work and lives.

I have no doubt that the skills gained during her coaching course will be used to great effect in continuing to support the professional development of many artists and makers."

Frances mentored metalsmith Melanie Tomlinson and jeweller Miranda Sharpe on the Designer Maker West Midlands (DMWM) FF1 and FF2 programmes 2008-11. FF1 and FF2 was set up to support selected mid-career designer makers from the West Midlands to develop and showcase new work and access new market opportunities. The mentoring package included nine days of 121 sessions, research and curatorial trips and on-going evaluation.

"FF2 has challenged my thinking and approach, I feel equipped with the ability to apply my skills in a number of different ways. A strong foundation has been laid with themes and practical steps to produce future work. It has been a really positive experience and process, and great to communicate about the development of my work and not be so insular."

"The [FF1] programme has enabled me to stand back and reflect on my practice. This slowing down has been important as it has given me time to edit my ideas and consider new ones. I have gained confidence and re-focused on positive aspects of my work. The critical discussions on in-depth topics have been really interesting and thought provoking…"

"The mentoring has been a fantastic experience and Frances has been generous with time and contacts"

Professional Development Workshops for Artists
These workshops enable artists either new to public art and commissioning, or wishing to develop their practice in the commissioning field, to gain insight into practical issues such as making proposals, responding to briefs, working within budgets, dealing with contracts, copyright and other legal issues.

Clients include a-n; LeftCoast, Blackpool; Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent

Professional Development Workshops for Commissioners
These workshops are intended for local authority officers, architects, developers and other commissioners who want to explore the benefits and practicalities of involving artists in the creative development of new buildings and the public realm. Content includes case studies, innovative ways of working with artists, selection methods, matching aspirations to budgets and best practice to embed artists within communities.

Clients include Craft NI; Hampshire County Council; Modern Art, Oxford

"I thought the materials Frances produced were very informative, useful and highly relevant."

"The day was very enjoyable and very informative and delivered in an engaging way. The presenter was very professional, knowledgeable and approachable."

"I left the meeting filled with enthusiasm and much more confidence in my own ability. I have already made a 'plan of action' and knowing that there is help in the background I shall be applying for future opportunities by playing on my strengths..."