Mentoring and Support

Throughout your creative career, there will be points where you may need some mentoring and support. This can be help or advice to connect the dots or enable you to push yourself and your practice further.

As we celebrate National Mentoring Day here at Clayhill, we wanted to highlight some of the great mentors that we have worked with and share the work that they do so that you can contact them if they feel a good fit for you.


Melody Vaughan

Melody has written an excellent series of blog posts on coaching and mentoring in a Craft context You can also listen to her talk in more details about this over on her website.

Mark Devereux

Through Mark Devereux Projects, Mark provides critique and professional development mentoring for artists and artist-led organisations throughout the UK. Working closely with you to plan each session or programme of sessions in advance to ensure a tailored service of information, advice and support. You find out more about this on his website and listen to the work of Mark Devereux Projects during the podcast we recorded together.

Rosalind Davis

Rosalind offers 1-2-1 mentoring sessions which are a fantastic opportunity to have a helpful and intensive tailored session on a range of areas to review or revitalise your practice. Get advice and tips on all the practical aspects of being an artist, raise your profile and set long term goals and strategies.

You can listen to Rosalind discuss Creative Strategies as part of our Clayhill Creative Forum.

Claudia Kennaugh

Claudia provides one-to-one coaching as individual and group sessions. You can listen to her talking about this in a podcast that we recorded with her.

Christine Chester

Christine has developed a Mentoring Scheme for textile artists – whatever the medium. This involves working together, reviewing current work and working practices, setting goals and action planning to achieve those goals and follow-up tutorials to review progress. These can be repeated over a period of a year with 2-3 meetings to review work and progress. We’ve termed Christine an ‘ambition ambassador’ as she goes above and beyond to give you the tools and confidence to take you and your work further. You can find out more about Christine over on her website.

Christine is also teaching the Poetry Of Decay; a mixed media and textiles course, here at Clayhill Arts.

Book tickets here.

Rachael Taylor

Rachael has a true passion for helping others & loves teaching & best of all, as a working designer, she is always up to date with the latest design skills & is active within the industry. She has lived through a colourful & eventful design career & continues to evolve and push design innovation along with always positively contributing to the design community. You can find out about the range of coaching opportunities she has available on her website.

Rachael is also teaching Drawing for Pattern Design at Clayhill Arts; an illustration and pattern design course inspired by nature.

Book tickets here 


Professional Development

Mentoring and coaching are all part of your professional development and is something you can consider applying for funding to support. Here are some good places to look at exploring that:



Did you know?

Many of our tutors provide mentoring and support as a part of our residential course programme that you take with us here at Clayhill. If this is something that feels particularly important to you and it doesn’t look like it’s involved in the course you have chosen then please let us know and we can look into that for you.

We will be updating this page regularly, so if there are mentors or advice hubs that have been of great help to you and your practice that aren’t on here then let us know and we’ll include them.


jennifer collier providing mentoring and support during her paper samplers and experimental book binding course at clayhill arts




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