Make promotional images of your art work

It’s important to have good images of your work. You’ll use these to send to curators and galleries who are interested in exhibiting your art. They could also be useful for catalogues, your…

Artist CV

Having a concise, up to date CV is important when applying for residencies, exhibitions or other professional opportunities. The difficulty in writing a good CV stems from the fact that there are no hard and fast rules –…

Press releases

A press release is an announcment to news outlets about a significant event. Use a press release to send information to newspapers, radio, TV or internet news organisations. A press release is sometimes called a ‘media release’. A…

Networking for artists

Networking has a bad name. Many artists think it’s mercenary and exploitative. But your network is how you find out about the art world, get support, and find work. Think about networking as ‘making friends’. In the…

Introduction to running online crits and peer mentoring

The recent Covid 19 /Coronavirus pandemic has made it harder for artists to meet face to face and access the vital practical, critical and pastoral support that practitioners need from their peers.…

Facilitating peer mentoring groups, critiques and events online

A case study by 12ø and collaborators on running crit events online, based on their recent collaboration with Artquest We are 12ø, a collective based in London, motivated by interesting processes rather…

Online crit case study: High Intensity Impact Critting with Chloe Cooper

Artist Chloe Cooper breaks down the approach to her High Intensity Impact Critting session that took place as part of the 30works30days project run by 12ø and supported by…

What is peer mentoring?

Similar to the crits that you might have experienced if you went to art college, a peer mentoring group is a regular gathering of practitioners who support each other by discussing their practices, the state of…

Benefits of peer mentoring

Peer mentoring is an essential but often overlooked aspect of an artist’s working life. Peer groups provide not only critical feedback necessary to develop work, but also the practical day to day support and encouragement that…

Peer mentoring groups: Resources required

Establishing and running (or even just being involved) in a peer mentoring group is a commitment that takes time and energy, so it’s important to understand the work as well as the benefits involved. To…

Administering peer mentoring groups

An organiser should take on responsibility for administration of the group. They need to be reliable, competent, have adequate free time (around 2 days per month) and it helps to have good personal networks from which…

Building a peer mentoring group

Deciding which artists you are going to invite to be participate in your peer mentoring group is a balance between inviting ones you feel comfortable sharing work in progress with, and using it as an…

Peer mentoring group planning meeting

Once you have your peer mentoring group participants confirmed, it’s a good idea to get everyone together for a planning meeting. This meeting is not about showing work but to get a majority consensus on…

Scheduling peer mentoring meetings

To help schedule your sessions in advance it’s useful to decide how long your peer mentoring group will commit to meeting regularly. A commitment of 6 – 12 months if structured correctly could give a group…

Finding a venue for peer mentoring

Where you decide to have your peer mentoring meetings is crucial. Different kinds of venue you might use could be: A small gallery you have links with A room in a local community centre…

Structuring peer mentoring sessions

When structuring your peer mentoring sessions, giving enough time for discussion and feedback is vital. Provide enough time for artists to present and receive detailed feedback but not so long that it’s too demanding for participants.…

Presenting and feedback in peer mentoring groups

Presenting work in progress can be daunting to any practitioner. While it’s important that presenters are open to feedback it’s also helpful if feedback is delivered in a sensitive considered way. Feedback models…

Visiting speakers at peer mentoring meetings

As well as having your set of regular artists who come to peer mentoring meetings you may want to occasionally invite a visiting speaker as a one off.  This can frequently engage members more…