Adapting in Uncertain Times

1-2-1 Coaching Conversations
Wednesday 21st October: slots available at 9.30am and 11am
Wednesday 28th October: slots available at 1pm and 2.30pm
Wednesday 4th November: slots available at 1pm and 2.30pm
Wednesday 11th November: slots available at 9.30am and 11am

Small Group Coaching Workshop
Wednesday 11th November: 2pm
Wednesday 18th November: 2pm
Wednesday 25th November: 2pm
(Participants need to commit to all three weeks)

All sessions take place via zoom.

It is likely that all creative practitioners, organisations and business in Sunderland have been affected by the dramatic changes we are facing – for some, work may have dried up overnight, for others there will be acute uncertainty and for everyone being in lockdown and isolated from the communities that enrich them feels very strange and disorientating.

These are tough times but they are also times of opportunity and of shared care. A chance to step off the moving wheel and reflect, recalibrate and reconsider. What might we want to do differently? What might we want to take forward? How will we adapt to the new and yet unknown landscape?

We are offering one to one and group coaching conversations for creatives, led by coach and consultant Susanne Burns. These sessions are a chance to bring your thoughts, concerns and current challenges to a listening conversation. We are not pretending that there are solutions and simple answers, but we feel we can start to address these together.

We are offering two opportunities:

• One to one Coaching Conversations for Creatives: These sessions are a chance to bring your thoughts, concerns and current challenges to a one to one listening conversation. We are not pretending that there are solutions and simple answers, but we feel we can start to address these together.
Slots are available on the following dates and times:
Wednesday 21st October: 9.30am and 11am
Wednesday 28th October: 1pm and 2.30pm
Wednesday 4th November: 1pm and 2.30pm
Wednesday 11th November: 9.30am and 11am

We can offer up to two 1-2-1 conversations per practitioner, and then would suggest joining the small group workshop.

To register your interest in a 1-2-1 coaching conversation, please complete this online form and we will be in touch to confirm your place: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WJypIyKLZ0SeATYtF7HcNTKw5IA-YllNkKWRTZSP1glUQlA1UkhPQ1lYTzBBQzY3SDNYU0g1QUwxVCQlQCN0PWcu

• A three-week Small Group Coaching Workshop using action learning approaches to collectively explore the challenges we are all facing and so share possible solutions. This workshop will be limited to 6 people and you will need to commit to all three weeks.

The workshops will all take place at 2pm on Wednesday 11th November, Wednesday 18th November and Wednesday 25th November.

To register your interest in taking part in the Group Workshop, please complete this online form and we will be in touch to confirm your place: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WJypIyKLZ0SeATYtF7HcNed_xnWa8NlAkQlVIieItuJUM0pETzZKU1dGQVlXMkhSOFVGRVJNMzNMVy4u
We will send zoom details out via. email when you’ve signed up. If you have any questions about the event or would like to discuss access needs, please email [email protected]
We are also considering offering a Peer to Peer Mentoring programme with support in early 2021 to follow up on this offer. Please register your interest for this via. the forms above or by emailing Laura, so we can assess the need.

These sessions are offered as part of the Unlock the City programme which supports the development of artists and creative businesses in Sunderland. Unlock the City is delivered in partnership by Sunderland Culture, Sunderland City Council, Digital Catapult, North East BIC and Sunderland BME Network, with funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund through the Great Place Programme, and Coastal Communities Fund.

About Susanne Burns
Susanne Burns is a senior arts leader, freelance management consultant, coach and trainer with more than 30 years of senior management experience in the cultural sector. Her work has encompassed dance, theatre, music and the visual arts.

She has led several major evaluation projects including the longitudinal 10 year evaluation of In Harmony Liverpool, the work of Fevered Sleep, the DUETs programme led by Ballet Cymru and the work of Create London. She has carried out major research programmes including the national research on musical progression for Arts Council England and the earlier Dance Mapping work for ACE. She was the Project Director for Art Works – a special initiative led of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and currently works as an evaluation consultant for the Foundation.

She has extensive experience of working in Higher Education as she was Head of Management at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts from 1994 -2001 and continues to work in HE across the UK as well as providing training, coaching and action learning facilitation. She is a Churchill Fellow 2017 and travelled across the USA and Australia looking at how artists are supported in their freelance careers. She has a doctorate from Middlesex University.