This online one-to-one mentoring clinic entitles you to 90 minutes of focused time on your artistic practice with Melissa. To get the most value we have structured this engagement in 3 parts:

  1. Pre-session preparation: 
    Here you submit work you want Melissa to respond to as well as context in relation to your wider practice and your own questions. Melissa will review this material and prepare for your scheduled session. We recommend spending time and reflection in this part to get the most from the mentoring.
  2. Scheduled session: 
    This is a 30-minute online one-to-one video conversation with Melissa. The call will be based on the material provided as part of the pre-session preparation material.  This call will be recorded and shared with you for reference. 
  3. Post-session follow up: 
    Following the call and further reflection, Melissa will send follow up notes and suggestions.

Please review FAQ section below for more information.

Secure your spot please schedule a session using the link below.  Please have your credit or debit card details ready to complete your booking. The fee for the overall engagement is €150

Artist bio

Melissa is an artist based in Ireland. Her work is held in both private and public collections. Working in the realm of contemporary painting and drawing, she is represented by Solomon Fine Art, Dublin and also at auction with Sotheby's. Shortlisted for John Moore’s Painting Prize, UK 2020. Previously she was awarded a RHA summer residency 2019 at Notre Dame Global University, Galway and during Covid was a guest panel speaker and has exhibited at Mermaid Arts Centre, IRL and exhibited at the Ashford Gallery, RHA Dublin in 2022/23.

Frequently asked questions

  • What will I get by signing up to this mentoring clinic?

    By signing up to this clinic you will benefit from 90 minutes of Melissa's time concentrated on your practice. This time will be spent providing advice and guidance tailored to your individual needs. Melissa will also be able to help you put your work into a conversation with historical or contemporary art practice.

    To get the most out of this time, we strongly recommend that you engage with the pre-session preparation which will require some effort on your part.

  • Who is this suitable for?

    This will suit artists working in any painting or drawing practice and who have made some progress in their work but still have questions or are looking from an outside perspective.

    It will particularly suit artists who are interested in bringing an element of gesture or chance to their process.

  • What is involved in the pre-session preparation?

    The pre-session preparation is a core element of the clinic as it will drive the agenda for your call and the follow up. Therefore we recommend that you spend time in this step to ensure the best outcomes for your session.

    Once you have booked your session you will be provided with a link to an online form where you can provide photos of the work you want to discuss, sources of inspiration you have, questions or topics you want to address in your session with Melissa and links to other examples of your work.

  • When do I need to have the pre-session preparatory work done?

    Please ensure you have the preparation work complete and submitted at latest 2 days before your planned session. This will ensure that Melissa can review and prepare her initial notes on time for your session.

  • Why can't I just get 90 minutes of facetime with Melissa?

    We have optimised the engagement to help delivery the most value possible from the 90 minutes of time by providing 3 separate touchpoints with Melissa as outlined above. This provides separate moments of reflection each in a different form that enables the best use of the time overall.

  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule the session?

    By booking a session you are committing to purchase 90 minutes of Melissa's time. There is no option to cancel and claim a refund for this time once booked. Melissa has made available 8 time slots to choose from. Please ensure that you are available for your session. If for some reason you are unable to make your session, it may be rescheduled at the sole discretion of Melissa and based on her availability.

    If you miss your session you forfeit the ability to reschedule the session. If you are late to the session, you will have less time for your conversation with Melissa.

  • What technology or apps do I need to avail of this mentoring?

    You don’t need to install any app to follow this course. All content and tools are on the Big Look website which you can access using your favourite web browser (e.g. Chrome or Safari). The mentoring session will run inside the website also, so there is no need to install or use Zoom.

    To get most value out of this class you should use a PC or Mac laptop or desktop computer or an iPad rather than a phone – as larger screens are better for this type of content. Please ensure that your device speakers and mic work so that you can both hear the content and also ask questions on the live session. You should also ensure you have a fast and stable internet connection.

  • What happens if I have a technical issue?

    Once you sign up to the session you, will have the opportunity to join a test session to ensure that everything works in advance.

    There are also help resources available to students to answer the most common issues and questions. In addition, there is the facility to log a support request and get assistance from Big Look at any point.