Current project Featured 2017

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 most 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. Artquest and its partners are seeking applications from individual artists to take the lead in coordinating these peer mentoring groups.

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 below.)
  • 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.

Upcoming PEER FORUM Calls

PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre

Creative Writing with Julia Calver, 2014. Image courtesy of Camden Arts Centre

Image: Creative Writing with Julia Calver, 2014. Courtesy of Camden Arts Centre

Deadline for Applications: 10am 28 August
Shortlisted candidates contacted: Week commencing 11 September
Interviews: Week commencing 18 September
Group begins meeting: October onwards

Apply for this opportunity here.

Camden Arts Centre is a venue for contemporary visual art and education, where ideas are made visible and people of all ages and abilities can engage in the creative process of making art. Camden Arts Centre’s pioneering and varied programme of exhibitions, residencies, talks, events, and other education activities has gained an international reputation as a model of good practice. It is known as a forward-thinking organisation where artists and others can see, make and talk about art.

Camden Arts Centre provides institutional support and creates a space for the artists to instigate dialogue and push their work through this peer network opportunity. Camden Arts Centre welcomes applications from artists who have been practicing for at least 5 years.

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

Past calls for the 2017 Programme include

PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery.

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 is a 70msq space with tables, chairs and a high-spec video projector. It can be secured via a combination lock.

The gallery can 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 15 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) at the end of the project. There will be a small budget provided by The Photographers’ Gallery for this.

PEER FORUM at Cubitt

Founded in 1991, Cubitt is a small yet far-reaching artists’ cooperative comprising a gallery and Curatorial Fellowship, an education programme and affordable artists’ studios, to support international and local art practice in central London.  Through its 18-month Curatorial Fellowship, Cubitt Gallery provides an open remit for emerging curators at pivotal points in their career to stage dynamic, ambitious and diverse programmes of exhibitions and events. Cubitt’s Education programme aims for excellence in visual arts education, with a focus on social benefit and the creation of cultural democracy. It delivers an extraordinary range of projects in partnership with local schools, community and seniors groups.

As a peer-led, artist-focussed organisation, Cubitt is keen to find new ways to support artists and their practice. Along with a recently launched public programme of events, workshops and learning opportunities, Cubitt hosts a Peer Forum to facilitate other alternative and grassroots approaches to peer-led practice, learning and self-organisation. Applications from groups of artist who have an existing informal relationship is encouraged.

Studio 5 is a multifunctional space of 25sqm with tables, chairs, ceiling-mounted projector, gallery-like walls and a kitchen/tea-making facilities. Access is available Tuesday-Friday within negotiable hours; the space is wheelchair accessible.

Cubitt welcomes applications from artist and practitioners from the broadest range of backgrounds and those experiencing financial, social and/or other access challenges.