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Peer Forum, Artquest’s annual Peer Mentoring programme aims to assist artists by providing them with the funding, space and resources necessary to establish their own peer mentoring groups. Artquest are working in partnership with a number of London’s respected art spaces to host these groups giving participants the opportunity to build relationships with their host organisation.

Artquest will fund a peer mentoring group at four organisations over a 6 month period.

Selected artists/groups will receive:

  • An all-inclusive award of £1,800 to run 6 peer mentoring sessions over a 6 month period with a regular group of 10-12 other artists (Please note, some host organisations provide additional support. See specific organisational call details as they are announced.)
  • A space provided by one of Artquest’s project partners for the peer mentoring sessions to take place (and in some cases basic refreshments and presentation equipment).

Artists awarded this opportunity will be expected to coordinate all aspects of the peer mentoring sessions, liasing with host organisations and participating artists to arrange a mutually agreeable time for peer mentoring sessions to take place

Before applying for any of the PEER FORUM groups please read our guide to peer mentoring groups and accompanying downloadable PDF to assist with your application and the running of your sessions. For a case study of an Artquest supported Peer Mentoring group listen to this audio from Will Clifford that took place as part of the Self Assembly series of talks, or this interview with photographer Lewis Bush who was awarded the PEER FORUM grant at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2016.

Current calls for applications

PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery 2018

  • 5th of March 2018 call opens
  • DEADLINE: 10am 7th May deadline for applications
  • Week commencing 28th May shortlisted candidates invited for interview
  • Week commencing 11th June interviews at Photographers Gallery
  • 2nd July decision announced
  • Group starts September 2018

Access the application form here.

The Photographers’ Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists, exhibiting photography in all its forms. TPG run an active programme of talks, events, courses and workshops with and for photographers and artists, photography specialists and others. Artquest’s Peer Mentoring programme enables the Photographers Gallery to offer a space and platform for discussion and debate related to contemporary art practice through photography. It complements other ways TPG strives to support the development of practitioners by taking part in a peer-led programme, led by the interests and needs of artists.

The Peer Group at The Photographers’ Gallery would be best suited to emerging, rather than established, artists working with either digital or analogue forms of photography within a contemporary art context. Applications from groups of artist who have an existing informal relationship is encouraged.

The Eranda Studio at The Photographers’ Gallery where the Peer Forum meetings will take place is a 70msq space with tables, chairs and a high-spec video projector. It can be secured via a combination lock. The gallery can also offer basic refreshments (coffee, tea, a kettle, milk and sugar). Education staff can be on hand and are happy to attend sessions, but only if members of the Peer Forum group are in agreement.

Meetings will need to take place during normal gallery hours – ideally between 15.00 and 17.00 on weekends, before 18.00 on weekdays except for Thursdays when the gallery is open until 20.00.

The Photographers’ Gallery suggests meetings have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 artists, and is looking for proposals for mentoring programmes that are about more than sharing practice but about moving each participants’ specific, identified project forward over the duration of the sessions. The Gallery will likely introduce a ‘before’ and ‘after’ questionnaire to all participants as part of an evaluation process, to measure the successes and challenges of this type of mentoring programme as a whole and for each individual participant. This is with a view for offering this type of programme beyond the scope of the Artquest programme.

The awarded artist (and members of the peer group) will be expected to run and participate in a public facing event (format to be decided in conversation with The Photographers’ Gallery Gallery) at the end of the project. There will be a small budget provided by the Photographers Gallery for this.

Apply for this opportunity here.

If you have any questions regarding the programme as a whole please email Nick Kaplony.

Past PEER FORUM groups

In previous years the following artists were supported at the organisations below.