This year New Creations Coaching donated a prize of creative coaching sessions to the winner of their prize.
Here one of their pupils, Catherine talks about the impact the coaching had on her and her practice.
The New Creations coaching prize came at the right time for me. I had just completed my final year at UWE studying MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking and wondering how to approach continuing with my art practice without the structure and routine of University.
The meetings with Alex really helped me to define what my goals were and how I could achieve them. In our chats we discussed a whole range of things; my motivations as an artist, which opportunities would be right for me to who buys my work. These were all questions that helped to consider how I could progress after University.
In the short term, time to make work was my main concern. Lithographic printmaking requires specialist equipment and luckily this equipment is available in the Cardiff Print Workshop studio (CPW). I changed my work routine to part-time in order to allow me to continue using the printmaking studio facilities and leading workshops at CPW. I had previously been leading printmaking workshops at CPW prior to and during my degree, but really wanted to get some Lithography classes underway to offer another discipline to members and other artists in the surrounding area who want to try the process to inform their own art practice. Leading workshops has really helped my own development in technical terms. I feel I have learned a great deal from looking at the process from the perspective of another artist’s aims and concerns.
In the year since graduating I have adapted my weekly routine and been able to continue my art practice and teaching. My recent exhibitions include Neo:Print Prize at the Neo Gallery in Bolton and National Original Print Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London where I was awarded the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers prize.