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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).

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 The Photographers’ Gallery

Applications are open for photographers/artists to hold Peer Forum at The Photographers’ Gallery in 2019

  • Deadline for applications: 10am on 6 May
  • 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
  • Application form online here

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.

Apply for this opportunity here.

Current groups

Artquest is currently supporting artists peer mentoring groups at the following organisations.

Read our guide to peer mentoring groups and accompanying downloadable PDF to assist with  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.

Past PEER FORUM groups

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