FCA&C Professional Development for Craft and Visual Artists – Active Listening

FREE Workshop. Places limited.

Facilitator: Louise Ritchie

This session aims to help artists solve or identify their own problems and move forward with their practice. It is based on the concept of Active Listening: a skill that can be acquired and developed with practice. ‘Active listening’ means, as its name suggests, actively listening. That is fully concentrating on what is being said rather than just passively ‘hearing’ the message of the speaker. Active listening involves listening with all senses.


The premise is that a small group of practitioners (6-8) meet with a trained creative facilitator, each participant has the opportunity in a supportive and secure context, to explain a challenge or issue that they have with their practice. They are bringing their ‘issue’ to the group. The group listen deeply and independently construct reflective questions which are then given back to the ‘issue holder’ and taken away. There is no dialogue during the description of the challenge or in response to the questions. This approach is aimed at giving practitioners thoughtful insights and perspectives on their issue to help them make their own decisions.


Louise Ritchie is a visual artist, arts educator and creative facilitator and is co/ founder of the highly successful peer to peer visual art network TRiGGER in Dundee which the format of this session is based upon.  TRiGGER was established through the ArtWorks Scotland: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings research programme funded by ArtWorks Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.