Rupture – Professional Development programme, Heart of Glass


Rupture is a coaching support programme for early career artists directly engaged in, or passionate about, socially engaged practice. Applications now open!

Following the successful delivery of a recent pilot with a small cohort of artists, we’re now delighted to announce a coaching support programme for early career artists from any art form (3 – 6 years professional practice) directly engaged in or passionate about socially engaged practice.

Coaching is a short-term approach to professional development. It can help you to meet goals that seem out of reach, and unblock challenges that seem stuck. ‘Rupture’ will use the format of group coaching for up to 12 early career artists, led by Sarah BaileySarah is a trained coach with over 15 years experience in the cultural sector. She will help you to reconnect with your purpose; improve your working practice; discover new solutions to old problems; and, lead and support change.

The programme will comprise four day long sessions between December 2019 and March 2020. All sessions will take place at Heart of Glass in St Helens.


Apply Now 

To apply please send the following (no more than 500 words) to Emma Fry ( no later than 5pm on Friday 22nd November 2019:

  • a description of your practice (please include links where appropriate)
  • a description of your current challenge or goal.

This opportunity is available to any artist who identifies as being within the first 6 years of a professional practice.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application no later than Friday 29th November 2019. We anticipate the coaching sessions to take place as follows. Exact dates for the final three sessions will be agreed by the coaching group at the end of Session 1.

  • Session 1: Friday 13th December 2020, 10am – 4pm
  • Session 2: January 2020
  • Session 3: February 2020
  • Session 4: March 2020

‘Rupture’ forms part of Heart of Glass’ national professional development programme for artists, producers and commissioning agencies working in social and community contexts.

Please contact Emma Fry ( with any questions or queries.

Feedback from previous participants: 

“Coaching is a form of magic – just like in the movies, you realise the answers were inside you the whole time! Being part of the rupture programme has had an immediate positive effect, obstacles that seemed insurmountable suddenly became challenges that could be broken down into actionable steps and I’ve made real progress towards my goals.”

“Sarah was brilliant as the coach and she created a safe, fun and supportive environment in which to work with others. She was very skilled in listening to each of us and helping us to move our own thinking on. Sarah certainly did this for me.”