Peer Forum

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Peer Forum is an annual seed-funding programme to help artists establish their own peer mentoring groups. Groups are hosted by galleries in London.


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Peer groups provide not only critical feedback necessary to develop work, but also the practical day to day support and encouragement that builds a sustainable practice. Through the Peer Forum programme, Artquest creates space for artists to instigate dialogue, develop ideas and research together, whilst brokering institutional support from our project partners: Camden Arts Centre, the Horniman Museum, and the Photographer’s Gallery.

Selected Peer Forum lead artists, who administer the groups, will receive:

  • An award of £1,800 to run 6 peer mentoring sessions over a 6 month period with a regular group of 10-12 other artists.
  • A space and some limited resources provided gallery partners.

Some awards differ between hosts – see specific organisational call details as they are announced.

We recommend you read the application guidance and frequently asked questions before applying for Peer Forum to make as strong an application as possible. We will not award Peer Forum where applications are not strong enough.

Recent open calls

The Horniman Museum and Gardens

Applications are open to hold Peer Forum at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in 2020, the first Peer Forum to be held there

  • Applications for this opportunity are now closed.
  • Week commencing 21 October: shortlisted applicants invited to interview
  • Week commencing 28 October: interviews at the Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • January 2020 onwards: Peer Forum group begins

Founded in 1890 when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and collection to visitors, the Horniman Museum and Gardens houses collections of anthropology, musical instruments, natural history and an aquarium.

Peer Forum will seed-fund one peer mentoring group at Horniman Museum and Gardens from January 2020. Applications from artists who have a research-based practice and an interest in working with museums are particularly welcome. Open to artists engaged in visual arts, performance, sound and sonic, and curatorial practice. There is opportunity to engage with curators of all collections, learning and engagement professionals and creative programme producers. Applications should refer to the following themes:

  1. climate change and museums
  2. the impact of colonial history and historic collections on contemporary museum practice
  3. socially engaged collaborative programmes which help build creative networks

Horniman Museum and Gardens will provide a meeting space and access to projectors and presentation screens. Meetings should ideally take place on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 5–8pm, with other times by arrangement.

Current Peer Forum groups

The Photographers’ Gallery

Peer Forum award at The Photographers’ Gallery for 2019 has been awarded to Daniel Regan who will be working with artists Antonia AttwoodRoelof BakkerZara CarpenterDiogo DuarteGrace JacksonCeline MarchbankRikard ÖsterlundMarie SmithPaloma Tendero and Naomi Woddis.

Read more about past Peer Forum groups on the pages for Camden Arts Centre and The Photographers’ Gallery. You can also read about previous groups with former partners in the programme, Cubitt and Peckham Platform