Introduction to Mentoring

for aspiring creative Mentors, Mentees and Organisations planning to set up a Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Scheme for their creatives/artists

Course Description

This half-day introductory workshop introduces aspiring creative mentors and mentees to the good practices and practicalities of mentoring.

The workshop offers an introduction to the mentoring mindset and develops the skills and approaches needed for mentoring to be successful for both parties.

Whether you’re beginning or developing your career as a creative teacher or mentor, you’re bound to gain useful knowledge and insight into best practice and process in creative mentoring. Equally, people currently undergoing the process or being mentored are welcome to attend.

To ensure that participants will get the most out of any future mentoring relationship the workshop will explore themes like fundamental mentoring principles, different models of mentoring, and how to define and achieve their mentoring goals. 

We strongly urge creatives of all disciplines who may have an interest in sharing their skills as a mentor, or in being a mentee, or both, either now or at any time in the future to attend this workshop.

Training Structure

The workshop is structured and delivered with the focus on four elements that are critical for a successful and fruitful mentor-mentee relationship:

WHAT IS/ISN’T MENTORING – explaining the concepts and pitfalls of mentoring and a healthy relationship between mentor and mentee.

WHY MENTORING? BENEFITS FOR MENTEES AND MENTORS – explaining how an effective mentoring relationship can help emerging creatives to find their style and gain insights and access into their industry. How this reciprocal process benefits both the mentee and the mentor.

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR MENTORS AND MENTEES – provides practical guidelines and checklists helping to establish a successful and effective mentoring relationship.

SPECTRUM OF MENTORING SKILLS – with a special focus on Mentoring Principles, Spectrum of Mentoring Skills, the GROW model and the Performance Formula participants will become familiar with the methodologies and tools recommended for an effective mentoring programme.


The programme encompasses a wide range of engaging and practical tools including Case Studies, Video Materials, Coaching and Mentoring Techniques, Practical Exercises, Evaluation and Feedback Methodologies. We will share real-life examples, provide supporting worksheets and helpful, practical tips.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding what is/isn’t mentoring.
  • Understanding the purpose and benefits of a mentoring relationship for both mentees and mentors.
  • Understandingthe best practice helping to establish a successful and effectivementoring relationship.
  • Learning various mentoring techniques and methodologies like the Grow Model, Performance Formula
  • Analysingreal-life examples and practisinglearned methods.
  • Learning how to give an effectiveFeedback – methodologies and tools
Programme & Timetable
 9.00 – 10.30 am
14.00 – 15.30 pm
  • Introduction
  • What is/isn’t mentoring?
  • Why mentoring. Benefits for mentees. Benefits for mentors.
  • Practical tips for mentees and mentors
  • What makes mentoring effective?
  • Mentoring partnership agreement.
10.45 – 12.15 pm
15.45 – 17.15 pm
  • The spectrumof mentoring skills
  • The Performance Formula
  • GROW Model
  • Practical Exercises
  • Guidelines for the mentoring relationship
  • Wrap Up
Who is it for?

This workshop, for both mentors and mentees, applies to creatives of all disciplines as it offers an introduction to the mentoring mindset and develops the skills and approaches needed for mentoring to be successful for both parties.

We encourage migrant and culturally diverse artists and organisations to take part in this workshop as this programme will help them to gain important insights into the local cultural and creative scene they might be missing.

On-Site Price for Organisations

Based on the number of participants


Up to 10 people

10 – 20 people

20 – 30 people

Introduction to Mentoring (1/2 day) €500 €500 €750

Prices include participants fee, materials, tutors travel and accommodation
Prices exclude meals and refreshments for participants



Monika Sapielak

Centre for Creative Practices & ArtConnected

Entrepreneur and Innovator with 25 years of work experience as CEO, Manager, Mentor, Educator and Cultural Leader. Regular guest speaker and lecturer at conferences, in higher education institutions and for the media in Europe and in Ireland that include University Business Forum in San Sebastian; Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, University of Pecs, Hungary, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Co-Founder and CEO of Centre for Creative Practices and Creative Entrepreneurs Academy. Founder & CEO of ArtConnected – a SaaS that matches European Creative Opportunities with Talent. Main Awardee of the Arthur Guinness Fund for Social Entrepreneurs in 2012 and recipient of the Merit to Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Monika has studied various aspects of organisational, community and embodied leadership since 2007 and has completed renowned Leadership training with INSEAD and Potentialife.

Ian Oliver

Head of Creative Entrepreneurship, Creative Entrepreneurs Academy

Senior manager and entrepreneur and social entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the Creative and Technology Sectors; working with Local Government, Local Enterprise Offices, Universities, Businesses and Community Groups throughout Irelandauditing and engaging the artistic and creative community within specific geographic regions. Keynote speaker at European conferences including University-Business Forum.

Currently, Ian is working on advising and designing sustainable projects that utilise art and creativity as the main driver to effect sustainable economic and social change.  He also teaches and mentors artistic and creative entrepreneurship training to adult learners and undergraduate students.

Ian teaches Creative Thinking, Global Business Development, International Management, International Relations, Team Development and Entrepreneurship at Postgraduate and undergraduate level at The Innovation Academy, TCD; NorthEastern University, US; Champlain College, Dublin; and CIEE, Dublin.  He regularly teaches on the Creative Entrepreneurs Academy Workshop and Erasmus+ programmes.

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At the Centre for Creative Practices

The Old Milking Parlour
Ballymurrin Lower
Co Wicklow

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On-Site Training Programme for Organisations & Groups

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy
at the Centre For Creative Practices

The Creative Entrepreneurs Academy has been delivering on-site, tailor-made, instructor-led business training for Cultural and Creative Professionals, Businesses and Organisations since 2013. We have worked with many organisations in Ireland, UK, Poland and Hungary.

We believe that tailored business training is a critical element of every successful and sustainable career or project. Thus, we provide SMEs in Ireland and Europe with access to world-class business training and support in a way that they understand and that helps them to succeed.

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Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride
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