This is a website and archive dedicated to the legacy of Nick Clements. At present it is still under construction, but we hope that will finish soon.
I am mainly known for my work with masculinity and rites of passage. I am also one of the longest serving community artists in the UK. Remarkably, over the past 45 years, I have been employed as an author, film maker, consultant and workshop leader in the diverse fields of masculinity, rites of passage, arts and health, person centred creativity, wellbeing, and much more. This site explains some of the theory behind my work, as well as the practice. The website has taken some months to put together, and it now contains as much of my work as I can find in cyberspace.
I have been an outsider all my life, and I am happy to inhabit the fringes of our culture. As such, I have been a risk-taker, a leader without knowing where to go, but going there anyway. I have pursued purpose and by doing so I have enabled thousands of people to find their voices and tell their stories. This has been tough work, with little acknowledgement, but full of reward. As my grandfather told me many years ago, ‘you are a Clements, you will never become famous, but you will be ‘a cult hero’.
This website registers my full-blown membership of the cult hero club . I hope I can impart the diversity and depth of my practice. I wish to encourage others to pursue their heart’s desire. To believe in themselves, and to reduce the time they spend ‘working for the man.’
Our use of websites can be very rapid and uninformative. As a storyteller by trade I find that unsatisfactory, I therefore enclose three versions of the same story – The Bare Bones, The Full CV, and The Whole Thing.
THE BARE BONES
In a hurry? Here you go…
Born in London, 1956 Father since 1985 Grandfather since 2017 Presently: Awaiting second grandchild
Community Artist since 1981, based in South Wales. Specialising in working in areas of high social need, working with people who have never used the arts. Using creativity to develop health and wellbeing, and impart she confidence and worth.
Author of 4 books on person centred creativity
Honorary Professor in Community Arts, Staffordshire University
Visiting Professor, Warsaw University, Poland
Presently: teaching and practicing ‘Person-Centred Creativity’ with community groups and health and care professionals.
Masculinity and Rites Expert since 1985, employed over the whole planet.
Specialising in developing modern and relevant rites of passage within society. Using ritual, ceremony and personal development.
Author of 3 books on masculinity and rites.
Made films with, lived with, and developed projects with indigenous peoples. Given talks, run workshops and ceremonies all over the world. Presently: Adapting work and rites to the UK, train both men and women to use rites.
For those of you who want more information in a more informative format…
THE FULL CV
Professional Profile: Community Artist
- Founded and CEO with 26 year experience of running not-for-profit organisations.
- Managed skilled workforce, built teams of co-workers, created democratic business.
- Applied for and received large scale grants from Governments, Arts Councils, local governments, charitable trusts and donations.
- Liaised with community groups, institutions, schools, local authority schemes and workforce.
- Generated and managed budgets of over £8 million.
- Pioneers Arts Group, Cardiff, Wales 1981 – 2004
- Managed and created over 300 large scale community and public art commissions, many as artists lead experiences, others as inclusive of community participants. Lasting from one day workshops through to 5 year residencies and commissions.
- Used, developed and mastered wide range of arts and crafts skills including: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, mosaics, ceramics and stained glass.
- Worked, using creativity in prisons, schools, special needs, community groups, tenants and playschemes.
- Employed to work collaboratively with communities in areas of high social need in South Wales, UK, America, Germany, India and New Zealand.
- Valley and Vale Community Arts, Bridgend 2005 – present
- Developed in collaboration with counsellors and artists an all inclusive way of combining creativity, person centred communication and therapy. The process empowers the individuals and develops teams, and strong bonds of friendship. It is called Person Centred Creativity (PCC).
- Working directly with clients in institutions, as well as long term unemployed and with mild to medium mental health issues.
- Training care staff and professionals in the NHS and private sector to use PCC in the work place.
- Training managers and senior staff in the NHS and private sector to use PCC in the development of care plans and in the future planning for their staff and buildings.
- Awards and Honours:
- Awarded Honorary Professor at Staffordshire University in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of community arts, 2009.
- Awarded Visiting Professor at Warsaw University, Poland in 2012.
- Offered Queens New Years Honour for outstanding contribution to the regeneration of the South Wales Valleys, 2014 (turned down)
- Published books
- Pioneers – Improving Your School Environment, 1995
- The Pioneers – Murals, Mosaics, Madness and Myths, 2003
- Creative Collaboration, 2004
- Person Centred Creativity, 2015
Professional Profile: Masculinity expert
- Father of two children, boy and girl, both now in their thirties. One grandchild.
- Whilst employed as community artist, would often work exclusively with boys in schools and youth clubs.
- Skilled facilitation of group work, particularly weekend workshops and training for exclusively men groups. Now developing both gender workshops as well.
- Initiate and create modern day rites of passage and initiations for boys becoming men.
- Advisor and consultant to many men’s organisations including Kids Company, ManKind Project and Band of Brothers.
- Professional Experience
- Talks, lectures and storytelling, 1981 – present
- Worked as a stand-up comedian for many years.
- Used a touring one-man show ‘The Missing Links’ to develop ideas for books. Performed in Brighton, Reading, Edinburgh, Swansea, Cardiff, Bath and Welshpool.
- Gives talks on a regular basis in Positive Living Groups, Mind Body and Spirit events, and other allied organisations.
- Fatherskills, Carmarthen 1999 to 2007
- Collaborated with a social worker to set up fathers groups in West Wales, mutually supporting teams of young and inexperienced fathers.
- Delivered training for care and social workers to support and encourage young fathers to participate more fully in their children’s lives.
- Pop-Up Conferences on masculinity, 2014 – present
- Developed in collaboration with local groups one day pop-up conferences which deal with local issues. ‘Stepping Up’ in Stroud, ‘Men Behaving Bravely’ in Edgware, ‘Building Bridges’ in Narberth, ‘The Wholeness of Difference’ in Malvern, ‘Relationships’ in Bath.
- Guidance, workshops and retreats for men, 2000 – present
- One to one coaching, guidance and advice for men interested in self-development and ritual.
- Have run over 100 workshops for men, developing ideas around rites of passage from conception to death. Also ran women-only workshops looking at the development of personal masculinity.
- Performed and developed sweat lodges, vision quest, hand fasting, and many other rituals and ceremonies for men only and mixed groups. Ran retreats for male staff at ‘Kids Company’.Trained and worked with Robert Bly, Scott Peck, Martin Prechtel, Grandfather Wallace Black Elk, and many others. Lived with indigenous people all over the world.
- Awards and Honours
- Chairman of ‘Spiritual Companions’ – a charity which is developing educational resources that serve carers and educators in the UK.
- Published books
- The Ugly Ducking – finding the missing link between boys and men, 2006
- The New Ages of Men- A practical guide for modern masculinity, 2011
- The Alpha Wolf – A tale about the modern male, 2013
- Articles and blogs
- Writes blogs on masculinity on a regular basis for Huffington Post.
- Writes articles in Sacred Hoop, Kindred Spirit, Juno and Paradigm Shift.
Nick Clements talks about community and the importance of creativity
So, for those of you in a hurry, I hope that is enough information for you.
For those of you who want more, I offer the next page, LONG BIOG. This is a combination of stories, images and details which will take considerably longer to read, but by the end of it, you will hopefully know me better. Put the kettle on, make yourself a cuppa, have a biscuit, settle down.
I AM ME.
I DON’T HAVE TO IMPRESS YOU, OR ANYONE ELSE.