UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY WITHIN
DARE TO DREAM!
DARE TO DREAM!
- Are you passionate about creating art?
- Do you struggle recognising your unique, authentic creative voice?
- Do you want more confidence, focus and creative freedom?
- Is your dream to turn your energy and skill into a full-time occupation?
- Do you need someone to help show you the way?
Art is based on dreams, and as an artist myself I’ve walked the same path as you, balancing my dream with the realities of everyday life and the emotional and physical trials that come from it. However, I am also living proof that they do come true. I came from literally nothing and have seen poverty and violence up close. I’ve been told all of the reasons why I wouldn’t make it and sacrificed everything for my passion. Most importantly I’ve faced the seemingly unbreakable wall of the art industry and made it through.
Since then I’ve had more than fifty international exhibitions to my name, before founding my own gallery which in turn has helped new artists gain much-needed attention and brought exciting art into the heart of the local community. As a mentor I now help other artists navigate this challenging life-path, combining honest advice, with a genuine passion for seeing them succeed – both creatively and financially. I don’t preach, or tell you what to do with no understanding of who you are, what you want and the challenges you’ve already faced. Instead, I provide someone you can talk to in a straightforward, straight-talking way, without a hint of judgement to share your thoughts, fears and ambitions with. In return I give honest, experienced feedback, support and advice based on my own experience that helps you communicate your unique take on the world to the widest possible audience.
As a professional artist, I now have more than fifty international exhibitions to my name, with 60% of my work held in private collections. In 2014 I created the first dress to be made entirely from paint, which was exhibited at both the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Winter Pride Awards, eventually seeing this work recognised as revolutionary by both the art industry and press.
Since opening my own gallery, I have curated events including Now that’s what I call Art, and the hugely successful Codes of Faith, both of which gave new artists their first taste of a major exhibition and the opportunity to secure sponsorship. I have also been invited to speak at events on creative development, been nominated for several major business accolades, and won ‘Community Business of the Year’ at the prestigious FSB Awards London 2018.
As well as mentoring artists to help them make their own mark on the art world, I also help local companies by advising them on how to use art to improve their space and increase their standing, using these contacts to help up and coming new talent.
My approach to artist mentoring
Being an artist can be lonely, however you don’t have to tackle it alone. Whilst friends can be vital, the chance to discuss your work and life with another artist in an honest, non-judgemental way can be hugely rewarding. My own training and background as both a successful artist and gallery owner allows me to see your work and potential from all angles and then offer my own knowledge and expertise to help you become the best artist you can.
Whether you have an extensive portfolio or not, a review of your existing work can help develop it further - whether by looking at alternative mediums, clarity of composition, how to create a collection, discuss materials, or look at how it relates to the art industry as a whole.
However mentoring doesn’t stop there, I can also offer support and advice on how to organise and market an exhibition, select the right artwork, project management, finding sponsorship and accessing financial resources, dealing with the media and creating opportunities for yourself.
Mentoring Sessions Include
• A full review of your current portfolio with ideas for curating and exhibiting your work
• Exploring how to find your market and audience as well as pricing your art
• A chance to discuss openly and honestly the challenges that come from being an artist with someone who has exhibited internationally
• Guidance on how to stay focused and avoid distractions
• The opportunity to discuss your fears, anxieties, doubts and frustrations with someone who has faced them herself
• Help to find your own signature style, stand out from the crowd and stay true to yourself
Additionally mentoring can also help you develop as an artist by…
• Finding your creative voice
• Becoming more productive
• Improving your confidence and reaffirming your faith in your own talent
• Understanding the art industry and how to make your mark
• Discussing your ambition and how to take steps to achieve it
• Taking your work to the next level by creating more meaningful art
I also introduce my mentoring clients to organisations that can help and support them by creating social media campaigns, business plans and funding applications.
Basic rates for sessions
Mentoring Programme Launch Offer- Offer Expires on the 1st of June 2018
£20 per session (1 hour) Normal Rate: £35
£35 per session (2 Hours) Normal Rate: £50
Initial meetings are usually conducted at Laura I. Gallery, IG11 7BT, London. Other alternative meeting places can be discussed.
Charges for travel & other expenses (lunch or dinner as appropriate) will be incurred on top of the basic fee.
I am a filmmaker and I have approached Laura for an advise regarding my desire to paint and have work exhibited in galleries.She saw my portfolio and told me exactly which style suits my personality and which has got potential. Her advise helped me a lot because now I have some guidance in my work and I could create something truly original.It`s difficult to find a mentor or a curator who could help develop yourself when you are not an establish painter.
I am a self-employed artist working in different visual media. I needed advice about specific aspects of my art practice. I booked five two hour mentoring sessions with Laura Iosifescu over a period of about ten weeks in the early summer of 2018.
Laura is a very charming person, a good listener and easy to talk to. The starting point was for her to look at and critique my work. She was thoughtful and supportive in her comments, which gave me confidence in her and in my own abilities.
Over the weeks, I gained a much better understanding of how the gallery system works, I experimented with new material and I also found out where to look for support and opportunities in the future. As a result of the mentoring I now have a better idea of myself as an artist, what to concentrate on moving forward and how I am going to connect my work with a larger audience. The sessions ended with positive affirmations for use on a daily basis - which go a long way to motivate and to counteract creeping negative thoughts!
Laura’s mentoring was recommended to me by two different artists who have already benefited from her advice, and I in turn would certainly recommend her to others. She is very knowledgeable about different ways of creating art and the business of promoting and selling it. Plus she is a prime example of self belief, of creating opportunities and being the best you
"A session with Laura is a breath of fresh air. The conversations we had was so constructive and supportive that no matter what stage in life you are in, Laura is able to lead you in such a professional manner. Laura is sympathetic and truly helpful towards having you reach your goals. I left the gallery with a clear direction and felt truly happy with myself."