nick clements

spirituality and rites of passage workshop leader

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Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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nick clements | spirituality and rites of passage workshop leader

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I am a Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University, in recognition of my contribution to the field of 'community art'. I ran a very successful community arts business, employing ten people full-time, which used painting, ceramics, mosaics, film and video, and many other creative techniques. We worked with tens of thousands of people in some of the most deprived communities throughout the world. I have now established myself as a sole trader and publisher.

I am a skilled practitioner in using creativity to inspire people, and to enable them to connect to their unique 'soul's purpose'. By using my own gateway techniques and practices I can enable individuals and groups to overcome their fears and personal baggage to create wonderful works of art. From this starting point I then move them into ritual and ceremony, based on the idea that grief naturally gives way to praise. These are based on the techniques I have developed around redemption and community.

I am presently employed by individuals and companies throughout Britain and Europe to deliver training based on these principles, called 'Creative Collaboration for Entrepreneurs'. I also work in the field of personal development, and have created workshops and experiential events based around the principles of rites of passage and initiation.

I have a written a series of books on creativity and male spirituality, and have also been employed to make independent documentary films about associated concepts and projects.

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Creative collaboration for entrepreneurs

Using creativity as a gateway to collaborative practice. Enabling individuals and groups to use their entrepreneurial skills to develop their own unique soul's purpose. Find out who you really are and how you can actualise yourself.

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personal spirituality


The Pioneers Ltd 1981 to 2002
Formed and Director of one of the first and most successful community arts organisations in Britain. Generated millions of pounds to employ over 80 artists to work collaboratively with individuals, schools, institutions and communities throughout Britain, Europe, American, New Zealand and India.
Created large-scale art works in photography, film, painted murals, mosaics, stained glass, ceramics, concrete and many other materials.
Documentary about work on BBC in 1993, won awards in Britain and Europe in the 1990’s for outstanding contribution to social welfare and community development.
Pioneers Art Group 1993 to 2002
Director of a company developing public art from commissions and public works throughout Britain, Europe and America. Employed artists to create some of the largest public art commissions in Britain in mosaics and particularly large scale hoardings linked to new building developments.
Art and Health in Wales 1995 to 2004
Director and lead artist in organisation set up to provide art works and workshops for hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout Wales.

Selected Consultant and Organisational Development work
1991-93 Fairmount Park Arts Association, Philadelphia, USA – consultant and commissioner of large scale public art commissions.
1989-94 East-West Forum, Berlin, Germany - Director of community arts organisation linking arts projects from both sides of the formerly divided Germany and other Eastern European countries.
1984-1996 Wales Association of Community Artists – Chairman and other posts during this time.

Selected training and teaching at Universities
2002 to today Valley and Vale Community Arts, Bridgend
Developed the concept of Person Centred Creativity, used as a training programme by community artists, mental health, social and care workers throughout Wales, based on work with Pioneers and linked to counselling and person centred skills.
1986-88 Polytechnic in Pontypridd
Developed practical module for students wanting to work in the community, commissions in public places.
1984 to today Lectures, talks and workshops at Bath, Bristol, Berlin, Central, Goldsmiths, Dartington, Manchester, Philadelphia, Jaipur, Delhi, Coventry and many other Colleges and Universities.
2009 Visiting Professor at Creative Communities at Staffordshire University

Publications and films

Title Year Publisher
“How to improve your school playground” 1996 National Society for Education in Art and Design
“Murals, mosaics, madness and myths” 2002 Sound of the heart
“Creative Collaboration” 2002 Sound of the heart
“An introduction to working with fathers” 2004 Fatherskills
“Using The Ugly Duckling…” 2008 Sound of the heart
Documentary Films
“The Superdads of Penpych” 2001 Penpych Primary School
“Dads Matter” 2003 Surestart RCT
“Muratare- male circumcision” 2007 Celtic Connections
“The Missing Links” 2008 Sound of the heart
Recent articles
“Muratare” 2008 Sacred Hoop
“Couvade” 2008 Juno Parenting Magazine
“The New 7 Ages of Men” 2009 Kindred Spirit
“The Power of Redemption” 2009 Paradigm Shift

Selected Workshops
Title Venue Dates
“Rites of Passage” Healthy Living Show, Swansea March 2009
“Redeeming The Shadow” Quakers Meeting House, Swansea April
“Alchemical Creativity” Little Shop Calm, Cowbridge May
“Realigning Male and Female” Mind, Body, Spirit Show, London May
“Redemption Ritual” Hampstead Town Hall, London June
“Redemption Ritual” Subud Centre, Lewes July

Jan 1981


Aimed at: Intermediate and Advanced.

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