BTGP Mentoring programme takes unknown artist, hooks them up with art gallery who sells $1000's of her work in her first exhibition

Yup. You read it right: a BTGP mentoring programme hooks up an unknown teen artist with a gallery to sell $1000’s of her work in her first exhibition. 

But that’s not the half of it. We’re talking a young person who’d never blown her work up larger than her inkjet, attended her last year in school for 60% of the year due to extreme anxiety and doubts and refused to do any form of a presentation, no matter what was at stake. 

So how did we take such a painfully shy person and get her to a point where she spoke at her own exhibition in front of 60+ people? 

 © Tess Costil

© Tess Costil

 © Tess Costil

© Tess Costil

Take one teen artist introduced to us by Jaqueline Freeman (the ‘talent scout’ you could say), meet 19yr-old said artist, Tess Costil, fall in love with her, create opportunity for her to be ‘seen’ by getting her to work on BTGP branding with us, mentor and encourage her, safely push her to keep breaking through her comfort zone, intro her to gallery owners, Michael Dodds & Penelope Stewart of 12Gallery to rep her, they organise her first exhibition, invite people who love the concept of healing through art and hey presto! They sell $1000’s of her works! 

Ok, we make it sound easy. It isn’t. But it is rewarding. And it’s the penultimate of what we stand for in our mission and vision for BTGP. 

 © Tess Costil

© Tess Costil

 © Tess Costil

© Tess Costil

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Michael and Penelope of 12Gallery. It’s awesome to work with people who so passionately share the same values as us in utilising what and who you know so you can encourage and back young blood, help them believe in their worth all while holding their hands and hearts safely as they transition from a person with talent into an actual paid artist. What’s more, we love the way you’re getting art at all price points in front of the eyes and into the hearts of people passionate about art and artists and healing and connecting people using art as the medium. 

So struggling artist be damned. It can be done. But as they say, it takes a village to raise a child. So too, does it take a village to bring talent to light.

Tess now knows people value her and her work. Perhaps the biggest win, though, is her bonafide new-found confidence. Because once you know, or have experienced, something, you can never un-know or un-experience it.  

The Heartspeak Collective