BNC Mentors

Current project 2016 2017 2018

Artquest works with New Contemporaries to run a public programme of events to support artists in establishing their own peer mentoring groups, with an accompanying programme providing one to one advice sessions to their exhibitors.

New Contemporaries and Artquest run an annual peer mentoring workshop for artists during the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition.

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.

This talk and practical session will:

  • Cover some of the potential benefits of being part of a peer mentoring collective.
  • Consider different approaches to establishing a group.
  • Suggest models and techniques for providing constructive feedback on each-others practice.
  • Look at the practical considerations in setting up and running a peer mentoring group and initiate the first steps with session attendees.

As part of the New Contemporaries public programme Artquest has run peer mentoring sessions annually held in venues that hosted the New Contemporaries exhibition including the ICA (London), BackLit (Nottingham), Gasworks (London) and the BALTIC (Newcastle).