Mentoring and Networking for Artists with Artquest & New Contemporaries

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Peer Mentoring with Chloe Cooper at Baltic, 2018

We partner with Artquest to provide both Peer and One-to-One Mentoring to support artists through discussion and feedback sessions.

Peer Networking

Peer mentoring is an essential but often overlooked aspect of an artist’s working life. Peer groups provide not only critical feedback necessary to develop work, but also the practical day to day support and encouragement that is the lifeblood of a sustainable practice. As part of our public programme each year we partner with Artquest in organising public events with our exhibition venues that focus on the impact and methodologies of Peer Mentoring for artists.

These participatory sessions are led by artist and peer mentor, Chloe Cooper, who introduces the practice of peer mentoring and its benefits, suggesting ways to establish groups and models of feedback. As part of the session attendees are asked to share their practice within a small group.

One-to-One Mentoring

With Artquest we also provide practical support and advice to the exhibitors in Bloomberg New Contemporaries, with a free one-to-one mentoring session with respected art world figures who have included Benjamin Cook (Lux), Lucy Day (Independent Curator), Mary Doyle (Drawing Room), Janice McLaren (The Photographers' Gallery) and Soraya Rodriguez (Independent Curator) and Chris Rawcliffe (Forma)

During this session, mentors will feedback on the artists’ work, suggest potential directions it might take, where it might be sustained within the contemporary arts ecology and introduce artists to organisations and individuals who might support them. This is a valuable opportunity to access experienced specialists and experts with a wealth of knowledge about the realities of forging a career as an artist in the UK art scene and beyond.

"It is a great privilege to have mentoring sessions. One of the main things I missed after graduation were the one on one tutorial sessions. Mentoring sessions are crucial for an artist and could really boost you, shape your work and show you ways that you wouldn’t have thought of before."

Roxman Gatt BNC 2016

"I have got so much from the mentoring programme and found it immensely useful speaking to someone about my professional development."

Zarina Muhammad BNC 2016

Artquest is an organisation dedicated to supporting artists develop their practices and careers by connecting them to the resources, opportunities and networks they need.