Finnish Art Agency’s SHIFT mentoring program offers personal career coaching, meetings and workshops with external experts. The aim of the program is to provide tailored support for developing artists’ careers, for example by helping and planning the organizing of exhibitions, setting long-term goals and creating international contacts. The mentoring program was organized for the first time in 2015.
A group of eager and talented professional artists are chosen every year upon the received applications. Finnish Art Agency is looking for visual artists who are particularly motivated and committed to push their career forward and set concrete goals for their actions. SHIFT mentoring program is firmly confidential.
SHIFT mentoring program comprises of one-to-one meetings with Finnish Art Agency, joint group meetings with other participating artists and FAA, and one-to-one meetings and workshops with external advisors. Every artist will also be interviewed for Finnish Art Agency’s online interviews. During the program artists and mentors will actively keep in touch with each other. The importance of communication is further emphasized when the program progresses.
The one-to-one meetings will be tailored to fit the coachees individual requirements. The aim of the program is to find the best possible solutions for every artist’s career and situation. Both the artist and the mentor will commit in preparing the issues raised in the meetings also outside the appointment times.
In addition to group and personal meetings, the program includes workshops and one-to-one meetings with external advisors (curators, experts in communication and writing, sales and marketing professionals, and professionals from the museum field). Personal meetings and workshops themes vary from international relations to written self-expression, from verbalizing one’s work to communication with the media, and from marketing and sales to codes and conducts in the museum field.