Opportunity: mentoring network with VASW

Visual Arts South West has created a mentoring network to support the development of artists' practice, professionalism and connectivity. If you are an artist living and working in the South West, this programme provides an opportunity to gain mentoring support from an experienced professional over the course of a year. Working with representatives from a wide range of visual arts organisations from across the region, successful applicants to the programme will receive tailored advisory support to develop your practice and presentation.

Who can apply?

Artists in any stage of their careers can apply. You must be living and working in the South West region (Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall). You must be able to attend 4 half-day sessions during the course of the year, plus one 'network' meeting, likely to be in Exeter in Spring 2015. The mentee and mentor are responsible for arranging the sessions.

Who are the mentors?

Visit VASW for more information on the mentors.

1.    James Green, Director, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall

2.    Blair Todd, Deputy Director/ Exhibitions Curator, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall

3.    Sam Thorne, Artistic Director, Tate St.Ives, Cornwall

4.    Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol

5.    Sally Watkins, Curator, b-side Festival, Dorset

6.    Caroline Mawdsley, Curator, Plymouth Arts Centre

7.    Helen Davies, Head of Programmes, Arnolfini, Bristol

8.    Erica Steer, Director, Devon Guild of Crafts

9.    Louise Evans, Director, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset

10. Judith Robinson, Partnerships & Programme Manager, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery

11. Lindsay Hughes, Visual Arts Producer, ICIA, Bath

12. Jo Leahy, Director, SVA, Stroud

13. Jo Bushnell, Director, Aspex, Portsmouth

14. Stephen Foster, Director, John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton

15. Ros Carter, Head of Exhibitions, John Hansard Gallery, Southhampton

16. Julia Twomlow, Director, Leach Pottery, St.Ives, Cornwall 

17. Sarah Chapman, Director, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth

18. Richard Tomlinson, Creative Technologist, Somerst Film


Where will mentoring take place?

Mentoring can take place anywhere agreed by the mentor and mentee, and there is a small budget available for each mentoring partnership to support the cost of travel for mentoring sessions as well as for the network meeting.


How can artists apply?

We invite applications from artists at any stage in their career, working in any medium. We suggest you consider the list of mentors carefully and select the mentors who you think would be able to provide the most appropriate forms of support for your practice. We need you to provide:

1.    Artist's statement (up to 200 words)

2.    Place of work & home address

3.    CV with exhibition history

4.    4 images of your practice (please keep size to less than 1mb each)

5.    Preferred 3 mentors in order of preference

6.    Explanation of choices & relevance to practice (up to 200 words)

7.    Aspirations for mentoring relationship (up to 150 words)

8.    Why this opportunity is useful at this particular time (up to 150 words)

9.    Letter of support from a curator or artist

Please send this information to grace@vasw.org.uk by noon on 12 September 2014.

Assessment of applications will take place between VASW, partner Creative Skills and the mentors, and will consider: artistic potential, timeliness, artist's professional development endeavours, interests matching with mentors, potential for relevent support.