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GROUNDWERK 8.1: Goal Setting & Planning

THU 10 SEP 2020, 6-7.30pm //




How can we make plans for our creative work in a way that is effective, while being flexible to change? What are the differences between objectives, goals, and action steps? At this time of unknowns, when many plans have been sent spinning into orbit due to Covid-19, join us in regrouping and realigning our professional aims.

In this workshop, led by practicing artist, producer, and artist-coach Lexi Zelda Stevens, we will explore coaching and mentoring strategies that we can adopt to help us develop artistic careers. Using the Life Wheel exercise, we will look at prioritising needs within individual practices, and learn how to set goals in response to these areas of focus. Together, we will look at areas such as finance, networks and collaborators, and artist development. There will also be time for individual questions.

Attendees will be sent a Life Wheel exercise to complete in advance of the workshop.

This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is necessary, as spaces are limited. For this online session, we will be using video calling platform Zoom. It is possible to take part with or without setting up an account, and we will send instructions for joining ahead of the day.

Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. This workshop is supported by Arts Council England.



Lexi Zelda Stevens is an artist, and also helps other artists to make their work. She is currently working independently as an artist-coach and is Visual Arts Producer for Green Man festival in Wales, where she designed and set up the Visual Arts programme in 2016. Since then Green Man has commissioned 10 new temporary art works for audiences of 20,000 each year. Supported by Green Man Trust and Arts Council Wales, artist development sits at the heart of the programme, Lexi works with commissioned artists over a 12-month period, and runs an artist residency over the festival weekend. It is the only programme of its kind in the UK.

Lexi’s experience comes from working across the arts, including visual arts, dance and performance, music, independent festivals including, for organisations including OneDanceUK, Jerwood Arts, Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury, Wilderness, Glade and London’s large-scale public events. As a grant assessor she has worked in performing arts with Jerwood Arts and music with PRS Foundation.

Lexi has maintained a practice as a visual artist for over a decade, making sculpture, installation, images, dance; working collaboratively and on a large-scale, often outside the gallery context. She was commissioned by Metal Southend to make her largest freestanding sculpture to date in 2016 for Village Green Festival, supported by their Culture LAB Residency. Lexi is part of the artist peer-support group Peer Social that came out of the LCN development programme at SPACE and have since been supported by ArtQuest/ Cubitt Peer Forum and Raven Row.

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Images courtesy of the artist.


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