Attention Series No. 2 Thinking Practice

This one is on my artist website as it is about practice rather than theory. But my experience as a producer enables me to analyse my own practice in context. Pop over and have a look if you are interested, there are some films to watch!

Introductory paragraph:

In recent years I have become increasingly aware of attention, during the pandemic my inability has become even worse. For some time now I have found reading a book very challenging and become aware that part of the difficulty is that my curiosity is evoked by something I read – such as the name of  a place, or a particular word I don’t know – and off I go. [more]







new project thanks to ACE G4A funding – connecting people, objects, memories, data

I am delighted to share with you the good news – I have been awarded an Arts council England Grant for the Arts to enable me to immerse myself for a while in deep research and development of an exciting new project. It’s a bit different to what I usually do – but it draws together my personal passion for objects, art, people and technology.

You can read  more about it here (apologies if you see a few ads – it’s a temporary site and a temporary name)

It is early days and I’ll be consulting with people from various sectors over the coming months – watch out for updates and please subscribe to my website if you don’t already – I’ll be letting you know how you can become involved in the near future.


Autumn: find your Flow – seek new horizons, plot, plan, fundraise – 4 mentoring slots available

As the evenings draw in it’s a good time to start pondering the next steps for your practice. G4A grant applications submitted soon will bear fruit (if successful) in the New Year and motivate you during the short winter days and the long cold nights.

Maybe it’s because the evening light is still hanging on that the funding situation feels a little bit less challenging this year, more hopeful, more glass half-full than half-empty. In the art sector we’ve had a few years of dragging ourselves along with persistence and developing strategies for resilience.

So, how can you do your best to see the light at the end of the tunnel to welcome the New Year in?

Mentoring is a good way to build confidence, earn new skills and get some help in untangling what you think you need from what you think you want.

For two years I have been mentoring artists for many reasons. I have done so before then and also supported artist-led groups through formal schemes. Some artists simply what a critical friend – others want feedback, support and a friendly ear. You may want to make changes in your work, or begin to think about extending studies, or work towards a project that is a little more ambitious than anything you have ever done before.

Professional development when you are freelance may seem like a luxury, but often it’s the best investment you can make. When I support artists to make funding applications, I also help them learn to do it themselves in the future. I can advise on project management, health and safety, partnership building, budget management, websites, writing and blogging and many other things.

If you are experienced at applying for funding, you may decide to apply for a small grant for professional development support, maybe alongside other training needs, or as part of a project that is stretching you a little. If you are not ready yet to do funding applications but need help to develop a project framework and plan possible partners, I can help. Big or small projects – planning is easier when you have someone to plan with.

I enjoy mentoring so have decided to make space in my other work for 4 mentees this coming year. I am busy with delivering projects, writing professionally and planning new project myself. If you think this could be helpful, drop me an email and we can have a (free) 15 minute phone conversation to discuss what you might benefit from having help on.

new horizons new horizons…………

Here are a few bits of feedback from last years mentees, who were a delight to work with:

“In a short time, Carolyn was able to offer some comments and ways to improve my practice”

“Refreshing to have feedback from an informed, outside source: it cuts through everyday practice and ways of seeing”

“Working with Carolyn was a true partnership: complementary skills, hard work and a drive to realise my project in the best way possible.”