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The Artists Alliance Mentoring Programme 2014 is calling for applications

19 Nov 2013

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The Artists Alliance Mentoring Programme 2014 is now calling for applications from recent visual arts graduates. The aim of the programme is to provide a valuable opportunity for ten emerging artists to focus on their career with the help of an experienced mentor. The programme has been made possible with generous funding from the ASB Community Trust.

The ten successful ‘mentees’ will be paired with an established artist mentor. Each mentee will be given 20 hours of guidance by their mentor throughout 2014. 

Mentors will provide advice and guidance in the following ways:

  • giving mentees the confidence to pursue a career in the visual arts once they have left the supportive structure of the art school environment 

  • providing advice about professional practice

  • by helping to develop the skills needed for effective networking and approaching curators in public institutions and dealers in private galleries

  • assisting with the completion of applications for exhibition involvement

  • giving an open dialogue and practical direction for discussing ideas.

In addition to the 20 hours of guidance from each mentor, each mentee will receive a complimentary membership to Artists Alliance for the year (valued at $42). Also, each mentor and mentee will be invited to a networking event and celebration of the programme along with the participants on the Artists Alliance Internship Programme.

Mentor Pool – Who is guiding the future of New Zealand Art?

The Artists Alliance Mentoring Programme has a large pool of mentors to draw on which means each accepted mentee will be appropriately matched with the best arts practitioner in terms of what the mentee wishes to achieve. The programme will take into consideration (but is not limited to); the medium they work in, the networks they are hoping to develop; and where they would like to situate themselves within the art world both in New Zealand and internationally. 


  • Applicants must have a tertiary visual arts qualification and have graduated within the past five years (from 2009 – 2013) from any New Zealand tertiary institution.

  • Due to the funding requirements, those eligible to apply will need to be based in Auckland for the duration of the programme.

  • Applicants must not be partaking in any form of tertiary study in 2014.

  • Applicants must be available to commit fully in both time and energy to the programme throughout 2014.

NOTE: If you do not fit this eligibility criteria, but are interested in being mentored, please send us an email to register your interest in an alternative programme we are developing. Please include ‘Alternative mentoring programme’ in the subject line and send to: amberleigh@artistsalliance.org.nz


Application forms are available on request from Artists Alliance. Please email amberleigh@artistsalliance.org.nz to request a copy.

Deadline for Applications

Applications must be completed in full and returned to Artists Alliance in digital form to amberleigh@artistsalliance.org.nz no later than 4pm Wednesday 11 December 2013.

Timeline for Applications:

  • Applications due 4pm Wednesday 11 December 2013

  • Shortlist notified by Friday 20 December, 2013

  • Interviews conducted January, 2014 (by arrangement)

  • Successful applicants notified late January, 2014

  • Mentees paired with a mentor February 2014.

For more information please visit www.artistsalliance.org.nz

What is Artists Alliance?

Artists Alliance is the national organisation for visual artists. Established in 1991, Artists Alliance has represented and advanced the professional interests of the visual artists of Aotearoa/New Zealand for 23 years. In providing resources, career advice, networks and advocacy Artists Alliance is the trusted source of information for the visual arts sector. To learn more go to the website: www.artistsalliance.org.nz

The Artists Alliance Mentoring and Internship Programmes are generously funded by the ASB Community Trust.