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I help artists and creatives through collaborative coaching, over a period of time set by the conversation we have about what you want to achieve. This might mean looking at your goals; exploring how to be more connected; developing a strong social media presence; learning more effective ways of speaking and writing about your work. Whatever we do together, it will be about making changes that are meaningful to you.

I am not here to tell you what to do. This is a collaboration - I am working with you, to help you get to where you want to be.

Any coaching relationship is based on openness and trust. That's why we will have a free initial 30-minute online chat to see if we suit each other.

What You Might Need

  • A fresh pair of experienced eyes to help evaluate your current practices.

  • Help with developing skills around time management.

  • Someone to listen - someone objective to see where you are at.

It’s been uplifting to work with Gill – she is professional yet warm, able to focus on what I really need at this moment in time. She is an incredible listener, and that's why she's able to be so helpful as a mentor.
It's because she has a genuine interest in artists that Gill inspires positivity and growth. She is experienced in building identity and community, with a natural ability to encourage and excite.
Gill has great insight and knowledge about contemporary art. Her understanding of an artist’s perspective and the challenges that artists face makes sharing easy and finding solutions possible.
Her guidance for me as a contemporary artist has been invaluable, and I am thankful for the chance to work together.

Cecile Johnson Soliz, Artist, UK

Mentoring training for organisations

I have developed a one-day training program called How to be a Good Mentor specifically designed to support creative people.

Being a good mentor means having active listening, paraphrasing, and responding skills. And knowing how to work together to identify objectives and set goals. 

By training your team in these skills, you equip them to offer appropriate support to artists to achieve their goals and grow their practice.

My experience in coaching and mentoring includes:

  • Being a visiting lecturer for three years at Bath Spa University and University of Chichester, UK, specialising in professional practice for fine art students.

  • Running my own business called lightsgoingon, coaching 29 creatives.

  • Mentoring to both teacher and artist creative collaborations 

  • Serving as Director of ALIAS (Artist-Led Initiatives Advisory Service) where I consulted to 14 artist groups across the SouthWest of England

  • Offering one-to-one advice and guidance to over 200 people in the creative industries, plus brokering 6 mentoring relationships. 

  • And working as an artist until I was 35 (which is important. I know what it's like to be in your shoes.) 

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