James Aldridge Artist
James Aldridge Artist

Mentoring for Creative Practitioners



I offer mentoring on a 1:1 basis, for other artists and creative practitioners who are looking to develop their practice in relationship to ecology, place, wellbeing and connected subject areas.


My approach begins with an initial online conversation for me to better understand your needs, and for you to check that my approach is what you're looking for. This is usually followed by walking, talking and making together (if appropriate) in an agreed location. Our time together is then followed up by me with links and information relevant to your needs and future direction.


Please get in touch if you think this might be something you'd be interested and I can provide you more information on costs etc.

Creative Resources for Learning and Wellbeing

I've developed and designed digital and printed resources for various cultural organisations, to encourage creative engagement by communities with their local environment.


I've included a few examples here (low resolution images for illustration only, download links included where available).


Please contact me to discuss your own needs/ideas.


Take Notice pages for Thrive, the Pound Arts wellbeing resource for young people. Distributed as a booklet across Wiltshire to secondary schools and colleges. Not currently available online - 2022

Following the Water pages for the Wessex Archaeology Heritage Feel Good Pack (follow link to download) - 2022

Noticing Nature Resource Pack, produced for Celebrating Age Wiltshire as part of the Noticing Nature art and wellbeing project for older people. Download the full pack here via the Celebrating Age website. (2021)

Collections and Bundles pages for the Pound Arts Feel Good Pack. Full pack available to download via the Pound Arts website (1 of 2 pages pictured here). 2021

Making Sense of Woodland pages, produced for Inside Out Dorset for the Into the Forest activity pack. Distributed to Dorset primary schools (pdf available below) - 2021

Into the Woods
IOD Moors Valley Family Activity Pack FI[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.4 MB]

Professional Development and Consultancy for Cultural Organisations

List of previous clients at bottom of page - please contact me to discuss your needs.

Inset for Teachers and Early Years Practitioners


A combination of hands-on creative activities, and case studies, backed up by years of experience working in schools and early years settings.

Professional Development for Museum and Gallery Educators


Practical, interactive workshops, exploring the value of creative, participant-led approaches.

Presentations and Workshops for Conferences and Seminars


Drawing from a wealth of experience in creative and cultural education, outdoor learning and the early years.

Professional Development for Artists Working in the Participatory Arts


Sharing experince and insight from community, educational and health/welbeing projects.

Community Consultation


Engaging with children, young people and families to inform the development of learning and interpretation materials.

Mentoring for Artists and Educators


Support and advice for those working in, or new to, the participatory arts.

Project Evaluation


Learning lessons from current projects by engaging creatively with participants and partners.

Visiting Lecturer


Supporting and inspiring students in a variety of graduate and postgraduate programmes, including arts, teacher training, heritage and organisational learning.


Organisations I've worked with in the past include:


  • A New Direction
  • Andover Trees United
  • Art dot Earth
  • Ashridge Business College, Hertfordshire
  • Bath Spa University
  • Bow Arts Trust
  • Bristol University
  • CAS (Chapel Arts Studios)
  • Centre For Narrative Leadership
  • Chrysalis Arts Development
  • Climate Museum UK
  • Creative Junction
  • EarlyArts
  • English Heritage and National Trust at Stonehenge
  • English Heritage at Old Sarum
  • Flow Associates
  • Hampshire Cultural Trust at Basing House, The Red House Museum, Andover Museum and Search Science Centre
  • Hayward Gallery/Southbank Centre
  • House of the Imagination
  • ICIS Centre for Sustainability and Resilience, Denmark
  • Inside Out Dorset
  • Kennet Valley Arts Trust
  • MK Gallery
  • Nurseries and Pre-Schools in Wiltshire, Poole & Bournemouth, and at Lancaster University
  • Pound Arts Centre
  • Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
  • Schools in Wiltshire, Hertfordshire and London
  • University of the West of England (UWE)
  • Well City Salisbury
  • West Sussex Arts Service
  • Wiltshire County Council
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