Exhibition open at The Press Room in Surbiton
17 August - 6 September 2015

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Find out about and take part in SketchBetter's inaugural exhibition, Story Spheres

Hi, I'm Kate

I'm a Consultant, Coach and Artist. I am the Founder
of SketchBetter and am a Director of Ignite! Futures.

I am on an ambitious exploration into creativity, well-being and educational transformation. I am in transition and regularly update this website accordingly. Currently, I work in a primary school as a KS1 Teaching Assistant, Head of the Student Council, and lead Art Clubs and Private Art Tuition for kids across Surrey.


In July 2015, I launched 3 weekends of workshops at Cass Art in Kingston Upon Thames where I instigated a conversation on drawing and mindfulness as tools for wellbeing. Thanks to everyone who came to the SketchBetter Summer Holiday Workshops. Stay tuned for more events coming soon and see what we got up to at www.sketchbetter.wordpress.com

SketchBetter will be launching officially at Cass Arts in Kingston in October 2015, with a solo exhibition of Story Spheres and other works, as well as an event series. You can contribute to this exhibition, too - find out more here.

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A Transformation in Education

In January 2014, I met five teenagers in a restaurant in Buckinghamshire. Each of them told me how they were struggling with a mental health issue; from a terrifying case of anorexia, to self-harming, anxiety, depression and even repeat suicide attempts. It was shocking to witness how the emotional crisis has both worsened since I was a teenager, and indicates that we are not preparing our children and future generations to lead empowered, creative, successful and happy lives.

On BBC Newsnight in May 2014, psychologist Dr Tanya Byron told the nation, "It's time to wake up. We have an emotional crisis." We cannot ignore this anymore.

2014 | Magic. SketchBetter.

There is an emotional and spiritual crisis in our young people. We are not connecting our children to who they really are, or want to be. Emotions, shame, guilt, vulnerability and resilience should be themes and lessons within schools. Social and emotional learning is as (dare I say, more) important as academia, and schooling should reflect this. From Ken Robinson's Element, Brene Brown's Daring Greatly, to Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now, we are aware of our strengths and weaknesses, it's time to pull them together.

I believe alternative services that work with the existing education system to help transform it from inside-out and outside-in are the first step. I think a new mindset needs to occur for us to really understand what we even mean by education today and in the future. With mass open online courses (MOOC) readily available to thousands of people, where is learning going and how emotional resilient do we need to be for the changes that are on the horizon? There isn't a week that passes without someone sharing their concerns about the standardisation in schools, the 'box-ticking' and the effects it had on theirs or other children. "What about all the other bits - being human and a kid" a parent asked me recently. The evidence is pouring in too, teenagers are more stressed and anxious than ever.

What Can We Do?

How can we re-educate our local and global world to see, embrace and live out our true potential, from within? How can we help children, teenagers, families and the millions of disempowered people around the world, to truly embrace that they are the creators of their own future? You are history makers. You are creators. Not yesterday or tomorrow. Today. This is it and now is our time.

If we are truly looking to improve our way of life, our cultures, society and challenge social, environmental and global world issues we need empowered human beings who are resilient, creative and believe in the value of their uniqueness.

2014 | 4D World (Pen on paper)

About Kate

I am a practicing mentor to young entrepreneurs and graduates, and I support people through business, health and personal transitions. I love coaching young people with starting businesses, gifted creatives to embrace their dreams, and guiding ambitious graduates into their careers.

I have recently completed studies in Positive Psychology, The Science of Happiness and am training in Mindfulness, a powerful yet simple practice proven to reduce systems of anxiety, depression and stress.

I use meditative drawing techniques to support people with emotional or mental health challenges, from fears, illness or grief. I've exhibited at Mentmore Arts Festival and Bucks Open Studios.

2014 | The Art of Nature. Bucks Open Studios.

Creativity in Learning
I am a Director of Ignite! Futures, an organisation promoting creativity in learning. Ignite! offer a range of pioneering programmes designed to encourage young people to embrace their creativity and discover their potential.

Design Experience
Between 2007-2013, I worked as a freelance brand and digital consultant for good causes and start-up companies, and led on digital media strategies for Visual Editions, Mencap, ColaLife, The UK ArtScience Prize and A Very Good Company. I've worked with education and creativity leaders such as Sir Ken Robinson and Richard Gerver.

I hold a first class honours degree in Graphic Design and have written for many books and magazines on how the design process and human creativity tackle local and global health, environmental and social issues.

2014 Testimonials

“I realise now that there is more to life than my eating disorder.”
Emily, 17

“I love learning and doing homework now that I can choose and design it.”
Layla, 13

"You offer by far the best after school club we've experienced."

“When I met Kate, I knew having her support was the missing piece in my business. I just needed help and guidance. Her inspiring coaching style makes information easy to digest and implement. I am truly and deeply grateful to have her working with me.”
Rita, 24

“Redesigning education with Kate is quickly becoming my favourite thing to do."
Nick, 23

“In only three weeks, I feel comfortable talking about who I really am.”
Sue, 43

“I now see the true value of using digital media for my health consultancy.”
Beatrix, 33

SketchBetter workshop, Mentmore Art Festival 2014

How do you want your life to be different?

Get in touch by email or phone. I am based in Surrey and work across the UK and overseas.

Email me at kate@kateandrews.co.uk
Twitter @KateAndrews and @SketchBetter

Top image: 2014 | Beautiful World, prints available here