Be Smart About Art

What's stopping you succeed? MOVE FORWARD!

Talk with Q + A for art world professionals

Date: Aug. 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - Aug. 1, 2018, 9 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Location: Cass Art Islington | 66-67 Colebrook Row | London N1 8AB

Tube: Nearest underground station is Angel. Nearest step free underground station is Highbury and Islington.

Buses: Aplenty! Nearest bus stop Packington Station, Islington Green.

ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from side entrance on street. The event will take place on the 1st floor and a lift is available. Be aware there is little turning room in the lift. Please call ahead if you use a motorised wheelchair or think this might cause difficulty. Accessible toilets are on ground floor. Please see Tube and Buses information for transport access.

Speakers: Deborah Henry-Pollard, Susan J Mumford

Price: £5 - £15

Do you

-       Know how to network but find endless excuses? (Like watching cat videos or box setting ‘Game of Thrones’?)

-       Want to move forward in your career yet feel stuck or like you’re going round in circles?

-       Watch other artists and think, ‘they’re so lucky, I wish I could be doing that’

-       Reach a certain degree of ‘success’ and freak out?

Then this light-hearted talk for early to mid-career industry professionals is for you.  It will address some of the mindsets, fears and myths which hold people back, even when they know the practical next steps.

This discussion will be fun, friendly and inclusive. It isn’t about how to fill in a tax return, register for VAT or run an Instagram campaign (Afterall, you can find information for how to do marketing or run a business, tools + tips for networking, courses, workshops and more all with Be Smart About Art). It will explore mindsets and, by doing so, help you identify areas where you may be getting in your own way. The discussion covers themes in Deborah’s forthcoming book, What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist.

So what stopping you really thriving and succeeding in your vocation?

Be brave… and join us.



A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.

**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**



6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the evening, immediately prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and take advantage of this talk bonus. 





Deborah Henry-Pollard is a coach working with individuals in the creative sector.  Her aim is to help "light the blue touchpaper" which sends the creative fireworks into orbit.  She has the desire that people discover that the skills and imagination which feed their creative work can also be used to be successful in other areas of their professional lives. She supports you in fulfilling your visions, helping you on individual projects and to shaping your future development.  

Deborah has been running her own coaching company, Catching Fireworks, since 2009. Prior to that, she had 30 years experience in the arts, charity and retail sectors. She is a Creative Specialist for Be Smart About Art and Trustee for ArtCan.

Her first book, ‘What’s Your Excuse for not Succeeding as an Artist’, will be published by WYE Publishing on 1st October. In this coaching book she takes a look at all of the reasons you as an artist might feel stuck and at why you might not currently feel able to progress to the next level. She offers simple, practical advice and inspiring ideas to help you move forward. 

Want to get your hands on a copy of Deborah’s book as soon as it is published?

>> Register your interest here:

Deborah is a 1-2-1 Business Coach for Creatives with Be Smart About Art.
>> Book a 1-2-1 session with Deborah? Complete an expression of interest form to arrange a 20 min exploratory conversation



A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on social media:

Instagram @susanjmumford

Twitter @susanjmumford



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