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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.

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Artquest is funding 4 artists peer mentoring groups to meet regular over a 6 month period at various host/partner organisations. Applications for the 2019 Peer Forum programme will open from March onwards.

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, that there are some minor variations in award specifics between hosts. 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).

We are looking for strong proposals which

  • Prioritise structured and quality feedback on participants practices
  • Build on and develop the existing networks and relationships of applicants
  • Articulate a connection between the practices of the proposed members of the group

Artists awarded this opportunity  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

Current calls for applications

PEER FORUM at Peckham Platform

Applications are open for artists to hold Peer Forum at Peckham Platform in 2019

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 8 July 10am
  • Week commencing 29 July shortlisted candidates invited to interview
  • Week commencing 12 of August Interviews take place at Peckham Platform
  • Week commencing 26 August selected artists announced
  • October group begins meeting
  • Click here to apply for this opportunity

Peckham Platform is a creative and educational charity that believes communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists. Artquest and Peckham Platform are seeking applications from artists with a socially engaged practice. Peckham Platform will provide an appropriate space for the group to carry out meetings. The selected artists/groups will also receive an all-inclusive award of £1,800 to run 6 peer-mentoring sessions over a 6 month period.

Read our guide to peer mentoring groups and accompanying downloadable PDF to assist with the application and  the  running of your own peer mentoring 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. If you have any questions regarding the programme as a whole please email Nick Kaplony.

Click here to apply for Peer Forum at Peckham Plaftorm.

PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre

Applications are now open to hold Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre in 2019

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 17 June 10am
  • Week commencing 1 July candidates invited to interview
  • Week commencing 5 August interviews take place at Camden Arts Centre
  • Week commencing 19 August selected artists announced
  • October group begins meeting
  • Click here to apply for this opportunity

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.

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. 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. Camden Arts Centre particularly welcomes applications from peer groups that also include curators and writers.

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.

Click here to apply for Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre.

Past calls for applications in 2019

PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery

  • Deadline for applications: Applications for this opportunity are now closed.
  • Week commencing 27 May shortlisted candidates invited for interview
  • Week commencing 10 June interviews at The Photographers’ Gallery
  • 1 July decision announced
  • First monthly meeting September 2019

The peer group at The Photographers’ Gallery would be best suited to emerging, rather than established, artists or photographers working in either digital or analogue forms of photography of any genre.

Applications from groups who have an existing informal relationship is encouraged. The Photographers’ Gallery suggests meetings have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 photographers/artists, and is looking for proposals for mentoring programmes that are focussed on moving each participants’ identified project forward over the duration of the sessions, rather than simply sharing practice.

Beyond the scope of peer mentoring activity, The Photographers’ Gallery are interested in widening professional development opportunities for other photographers, and would be open to working with group members to extend their input into the public programmes, if appropriate. This could be by proposing a theme and hosting its bimonthly networking evening  The Social, agreeing to review work at Folio Friday, or another type of event focussed on support for emerging practitioners, in discussion with gallery staff.

Staff at The Photographers’ Gallery are also open to attending a Peer Forum session as an external contributor, subject to availability.

The group will meet at the Eranda Studio at The Photographers’ Gallery, a 70msq space with tables, chairs and a high-spec video projector.

Past PEER FORUM groups

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