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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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Current calls for applications

PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre

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

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 30 September 10am
  • Week commencing 14 October shortlisted candidates contacted
  • Week commencing 28 October interviews take place at Camden Arts Centre
  •  November / December 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.


Peer mentoring is an essential but often overlooked aspect of an artist’s working life. Peer groups provide not only critical feedback necessary to develop work, but also the practical day to day support and encouragement that is the lifeblood of a sustainable practice.

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

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.

Currently supported PEER FORUM groups

PEER FORUM at The Photographers’ Gallery 2019

The 2019 PEER FORUM award at The Photographers’ Gallery 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 here.

Past PEER FORUM groups

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