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).


Call for submissions for New Contemporaries 2019

Submissions for New Contemporaries 2019 are now open through 28 January! To apply, click here. As the leading UK organization supporting emergent art practice from British arts education, New Contemporaries offers an insight into today’s creative practices, showcasing some of the most dynamic work being made.

The 2019 show will mark the 70th anniversary of New Contemporaries and follows the success of BNC18 currently on display at the South London Gallery.

For eligibility criteria, click here for full guidelines & how to apply