Coaching Artists

coaching artists

“If you change making money from being the most important thing to the second most important, then what is the most important thing?”


Being an Artist

Choosing the life of an artist is probably the most important decision you will make. Making that decision anchors much of what will follow. The company you keep, the work you make, the peers you find and the salient conversations on the way are all shaped by this decision.

Are you ready to make or have you already made the decision to put art at the centre of your life? What is the treasure you seek and have found?

This eight session programme sets out to support your decision to realize your ambition of being an artist, using both peer and one to one coaching as the fulcrum for bringing this into reality.  The course culminates in a group exhibition at an established Gallery in central Edinburgh.

Under the facilitation of Alexander Mackenzie, a professional personal development coach and artist, you will be guided through a series of tools to help you discover and sustain your claim to being an artist.

The heart of the course consists of exploring three questions:

  • Who am I as an artist?
  • How do I enact this calling?
  • What do I do next?

What: 8 session programme ‘Being an Artist’
When: Monday evenings 7-9pm, 9 January to 27 February 2017
Where: The Immeasurable Studio, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Costs: £195
With: Alexander Mackenzie
Contact: 07976221179 and

Further details

Choosing the life of an artist is a deeply personal undertaking. It may not add up financially, or really make sense to those around you and self-doubt can become a constant companion. Yet for all that, you have been moved, inspired or ready to leap and you are wondering, what happens if I fall? what happens if I succeed? what do I do if I don’t know what to do?

Coaching Artist is a coaching service dedicated to supporting artists in the life choice to being an artist. It has been created to help those stepping into that choice, as well as for more seasoned artists wanting to revisit that choice in the safety and confidence of an experienced coach and artist.

This eight week programme is based on asking the three most important questions facing an artist seeking to make art the most important thing: Who am I as an artist? How do I enact this calling? What do I do next?

The first three sessions will creatively explore the aspiration to be an artist and claiming that space as a priority. We will reflect on your journey so far, the inner call and the current place of art in decision making to help ground the ‘who am I as an artist’ question.

Connecting to the deeper purpose of making art will naturally surface the next question about how to enact the calling to being an artist. Taking both a serious and playful look at how to be an artist in your current life situation, bearing in mind the current opportunities out there and your potential to give and receive support underpins the three sessions on ‘how do I enact this calling’.

The final two sessions will address the culminating next steps of this course question by rising to the very practical challenge of co-creating a group exhibition of everyone’s work within an established Gallery in Edinburgh.

Programme content:

Session 1:           The story so far.

Session 2:           Angels and adversaries.

Session 3:           Claiming your homeground.

Session 4:           Making your pitch.

Session 5:           Making waves.

Session 6:           The long and winding road.

Session 7:           Trusting the light.

Session 8:           Blowing your trumpet.

Being an Artist Exhibition with festive opening.