Mentoring and support networks
This resource stimulates conversation and learning around the support networks and structures new graduates require when starting out, and is suitable for artist-tutors to use in the own teaching.
It focuses on how to increase and develop support systems from peers at all stages, and how by supporting fellow practitioners, your practice will also develop.
Material could be used to:
- Run a session developing students questioning skills, enabling them to have more open and critical dialogue with each other about their practice.
- Make students aware of peer mentoring organisations that exist to support discussion about practice.
- Suggest ideas to students in relation to mentoring; its mutual benefits and associated responsibilities
Anna Baker is a UK based artist and Faculty Leader for Arts, Media and Communications at Havering Sixth Form College. Her work examines the notion of the party. Events devised by, with and for groups of people deal with the invitation as concept. Anna graduated from Camberwell College of Art with an MA Fine Art degree in 2011. She previously studied at Goldsmiths and Cardiff School of Art. Researching art education and the possibility of education as art, Anna has devised pedagogical events including the Joya participatory residency, led with Lois Farningham; The Breakfast Sessions at Camberwell College of Arts and The Sculptural Draw Off with Goldsmiths College and Havering Sixth Form College. She was on the Project Team for The Woodmill Studios and Project Space and led the development of their education programme. She is currently a Graduate Fellow at CCW and is part of Common Projects at Tate.
Edwina fitzPatrick is the Course Leader for the MFA Fine Art course at Wimbledon College of Art. The course was developed in collaboration with CCW alumni and students, through a project called the Futureproof Course Handbook. Edwina is a practicing artist and completed her AHRC funded practice-based PhD working with the UK Forestry Commission in 2014. She is interested in what sustainability might mean for an artist, in every aspect of their lives. Her art work focuses on what happens when ‘grey’ and ‘green’ environments intersect and how human interactions have, and are, affecting the nature, culture and ecology of a place. Climate change and the ways that landscapes are imaged and imagined is key to her postdoctoral research.