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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.

Past calls for applications

PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre

  • DEADLINE: Applications now closed
  • Week commencing 16th July 2018 shortlisted candidates invited to interview
  • Week commencing 30th July 2018 Interviews at Camden Art Centre
  • Group begins meeting: October onwards 2018

Established in 1965, Camden Arts Centre is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, Camden Arts Centre strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today’s artists, and the artists who inspire them. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, artist residencies, education projects, talks and events, courses and offsite activities.

Through the Peer Forum programme, Camden Arts Centre creates space for artists to instigate dialogue, develop ideas and research together, whilst providing institutional support. Camden Arts Centre welcomes applications from artists who have been working (outside of education) for 5 years or more.

Artquest will fund a peer mentoring group at Camden Arts Centre for 6 sessions over a 6-8 month period and seek applications from individual artists to take the lead in coordinating these peer mentoring groups.

Camden Arts Centre will provide a meeting space either in its Meeting Room or Drawing Studio depending on the days that the meetings will be held.  The dates and times of meetings should operate within the gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm, Wednesday 10.00am – 9.00pm.

There will also be an opportunity for the peer group to engage with the 2019 exhibitions programme at Camden Arts Centre.

PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery 2018

  • DEADLINE: Applications now closed.
  • Week commencing 28th May shortlisted candidates invited for interview
  • Week commencing 11th June interviews at The Photographers’ Gallery
  • 2nd July decision announced
  • Group starts September 2018

Founded in 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG) is a non-profit, public gallery devoted to the medium of photography. The gallery runs an active programme of talks, events, courses and workshops with and for photographers and artists, photography specialists and others.

Artquest’s Peer Mentoring programme links with TPG’s commitment to supporting photographers by offering a space and platform for professional development. It complements other programmes such as Folio Friday, an open portfolio session for photographers to present their work to the public, and The Social, a regular networking evening for photographers to discuss themes related to their practice.

Peer Forum at The Photographers’ Gallery would be best suited to emerging, rather than established, artists working with either digital or analogue form engaging with current social and political themes. Applicants should consider the make-up of the group and the likelihood of practitioners being able to participate, supported by previous contact or existing informal relationships.

The Eranda Studio at The Photographers’ Gallery, where the Peer Forum meetings 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) with advance notice. Staff do not usually attend the sessions but can be on hand for the first session, but only if members of the Peer Forum group are in agreement.

Meetings will need to take place during normal gallery hours – ideally between 11.00 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 practitioners, 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. 


  • DEADLINE: Applications now closed.
  • Week commencing 28th May shortlisted candidates invited for interview
  • Tuesday 12th June interviews at Cubitt
  • 2nd July decision announced
  • Group starts September 2018

Founded in 1991, Cubitt is a small yet far-reaching artists’ cooperative comprising a gallery, 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. Cubitt Artists lead the institution’s long term vision; as a peer-led and as an artist-run space Cubitt is always keen to find new ways to support artists and their practice. The selected PEER FORUM group will meet in Cubitt’s Education and Events Studio. Cubitt is happy to provide refreshments, and staff support, where needed and appropriate, for the sessions. Due to the cooperative nature of the organisation, technical support and equipment (AV etc.) might be limited.

For this opportunity Cubitt encourages applications from artists who engage with communities as part of their practice. There may be a small budget available for a closing event to mark the end of the project and depending on the selected artists’ practices, an opportunity for the group to engage with the ongoing work of Cubitt’s education programme.

PEER FORUM at Peckham Platform 2018

  • DEADLINE: Applications now closed
  • Week commencing 4th June shortlisted candidates invited for interview
  • Week commencing 18th June interviews at Peckham Platform
  • Week commencing 30th July decision announced
  • Group starts August/September onwards

Peckham Platform is a creative and educational charity based in Peckham, London SE15. As an organisation it believes that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists. Its programme of commissions creates meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond, providing an expansive platform for different voices and debate, bringing contemporary social practice alive. Peckham Platform will take over a new gallery space in the redeveloped Peckham Square, set to open in 2020. While this is being built Peckham Platform will deliver an exciting series of projects across Peckham and South London throughout 2018 and 2019.

In 2018 Peckham Platform is pleased to be hosting an Artquest Peer Forum group in its interim offices at Quay House, 2c Kings Grove, Peckham, SE15 2NB. For this group we particularly welcome applications from artists with a socially engaged practice. Peckham Platform will provide an appropriate space for the group to carry out meetings at Quay House. Meetings would need to take place between Mondays to Fridays between the hours of 9 – 6pm.

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.