“Creative mentorship” affirms mentoring as a tool of personal and professional development, strengthens the capacities of the cultural sector and provides support to prospective professionals interested in developing, networking and sharing knowledge and experience. We want to build, gather and support a community of motivated and socially responsible individuals that will contribute to the development of a society based on creativity, culture, knowledge and mutual cooperation.



Next to the individual meetings of mentoring pairs and the group workshops, an integral part of one-year mentoring programmes implemented by the Creative Mentorship are informal gatherings (consultations) with all mentees and mentors, which serve as an excellent opportunity for participants to share their previous experiences of working with their mentor or mentee, to additionally connect and get to know each other. Through exchange of experiences and practices at the consultations, the group spirit is additionally boosted and strengthened, which represents an important segment of the mentoring programme.

Photo: Vladimir Opsenica

During mid-March 2024, as part of the Creative Leaders Mentorship Programme supported by the British Council, the First Consultations with mentors and the First consultations with mentees were held as two separate gatherings. Online consultations are scheduled after the three months of working in mentoring pairs, with the aim to offer, in addition to regular programme workshops, tailor-made support to all participants individually at the quarter of the mentoring programme.

Separate gatherings with mentors and mentees were occasions to provide safe place for mentoring experience exchange and dialogue about the satisfaction in relation to their new roles, to individually answer all the potential questions and doubts, as well as to encourage inspiration and motivation for future mentoring work and foster stronger relationships within the programme. Also, for participants was extremely useful to have an additional opportunity for peer learning, exchange of doubts, practices and advice related to the everyday challenges they face on a professional and personal level.

Photo: Vladimir Opsenica

The Creative Mentorship team is thrilled and thankful for the active participation of all mentees and mentors during the consultations, for open communication and expression of their outstanding satisfaction, interest and awareness that mentoring is a significant tool for professional and personal development.  Once again, according to the insights into the mentoring pairs work, it has been proven that mentoring really makes changes and progress! As some of the participants stated, the mentoring process is even more important than the actual achievement of the set goal. During the process, we raise awareness, widen our horizons and  learn – about ourselves, our goals and skills, areas in which we work and the changes we want to make.

The Creative Leaders Mentoring Programme is implemented by the Creative Mentorship team and supported by the British Council as a part of the project “Culture and Creativity for the Western Balkans” (CC4WBs). CC4WBs project, funded by the European Union, aims to foster dialogue in the Western Balkans by enhancing the cultural and creative sectors for increased socio-economic impact.