Our artists support scheme is for all Western Isles artists working in any discipline. Outlined below are the main priorities for the programme.

Mentoring
One to one support – An experienced mentor works with a less experienced mentee to help them develop their work and professional career. A mentor will help set goals and provide guidance. Examples of the support would be a review of the artists work to date; creative mentoring and feedback sessions; guidance in the completion of a project; evaluation of the artists marketing and online presence; help with making proposals and applying for funding. More Information

Coaching
One-to-one or group- short term or one off support designed to address specific issues- An artist who wants to change direction and work with different media. An artist/s who wants to learn about public speaking and how to communicate their ideas effectively, help with change such as developing good working habits. The coach does not necessarily have to be older or more experienced, or be working in the same discipline as the artist seeking support.

Gaelic
An Lanntair encourages the speaking of our islands native language whenever possible, and Gaelic speaking artists of all disciplines will be supported in the use of their language. We will also seek out or endeavour to create opportunities for Gaelic artists.

Opportunities
The artists support programme will seek out suitable opportunities for island artists to showcase their work, develop new bodies of work, and will seek to create projects in collaboration with artists.

Interaction and connectivity
HA! Our artists website started at lockdown for exchanging ideas through artists blogs; posting resources and opportunities; practical issues in sustaining your art practice will be posted. We would hope for artists to contribute to this resource and make it their information and inspiration hub. Note that content in Gaelic is very welcome!

Inspiration and Motivating events
We aim to maintain a supportive community where we can share work and ideas. This can be realised through events where we show/ perform our work and test ideas in a safe place where feedback and encouragement can be given.
These events have been mainly artists gatherings, open music sessions and scratch night for Faclan.

Artists meetings
At present it is not possible to meet in person, but we are able to meet online. You can request phone calls or zoom meetings either individually or with small groups.
Contributions and ideas for our HA! blog – we can all entertain and encourage each other to keep making during this challenging time of social distancing.

We also offer a more formal peer review where you can request to have one piece of work reviewed by a small group of your artist peers. We have done a lot of these now, and they are a brilliant way to receive in depth and well thought out feedback.