Eligibility Criteria and FAQs – PEER FORUM 2019

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To be eligible to apply for this opportunity you must be:

  • A London based artist
  • Not currently undertaking a course of study at University or similar (This including Foundation, BA and MA level courses)
  • Over half of the proposed members of your peer mentoring group must also be London based (All must be UK based)
  • None of your proposed group can be studying at University at time of application or at any point during the Peer Forum project run
  • Also please see the main peer forum project page for particular focuses of different host venues

Email Nick Kaplony if you have any queries about your eligibility.


Q: What are the aims of PEER FORUM?

A: Peer Forum aims to support artists specifically by giving them the time and space to give each other feedback on their practice. Peer Forum seeks to support artists as individuals (as opposed to organisations) in either building new peer mentoring groups for themselves or significantly developing or building on existing relationships they might have with other practitioners.

Peer Forum is NOT intended to

  • Directly support public output like exhibitions and similar
  • Support other organisations in delivering peer mentoring activity for artists
  • Supporting ongoing pre-established peer mentoring activity

Q: What do we mean by ‘artist’ ?

Artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, performance art, photography, video/film/moving image, installation, text, craft/maker, sound art, comics, book art, new media/online, socially engaged practice, printmaking, interdisciplinary or any combination of the above. Our definitions, set by our funding agreements, do not include dance, theatre, poetry, graphic, fashion and product design.

Q: What do we mean by ‘London based’?

We appreciate that working as an artist means you may live in one place and work in others. You do not have to be living and working in London full-time to count as London based. To qualify you should:

  • have a correspondence address with a London postcode (this could be your home address, a studio address or other work address)
  • or spend at least half of the week working on projects in London at the time of making your application.

There is a no budget available for artists travel to attend interview if shortlisted.

Q: Who should the application for PEER FORUM come from?

A: The application should come from one “lead artist” who will be taking on responsibility for coordinating the group.

Q: If I am the “lead artist” should I still be getting feedback on my practice from the group?

A: Yes, absolutely the lead artist should participate in the peer mentoring activity like any other member.

Q: Do I need to have all participating members of my group confirmed by the time I submit I application?

A: No it’s not necessary to have all of the participants in the group confirmed at the point you make the application. It’s fine to suggest artists speculatively as long as these are firmed up in time for the interview should you be shortlisted.

Q: When do the peer mentoring sessions need to take place?

A: All of the sessions need to take place within 6 months of starting the sessions. We suggest that they should take place on an approximately monthly basis to be negotiated with the artists in the group and the host organisation.

Q: Where do the peer mentoring sessions need to take place?

A: The majority of the sessions need to take place at the space provided by organisation hosting the award

Q: How long do peer mentoring sessions need to be?

A: On average a session might last around 3 hours but this does depends on how many artists are presenting work at each session and if there are guest presenters or other topics being discussed. What is important is that you give whoever is presenting enough time both to present and get detailed feedback on practice/projects.

Q: Do there need to be any public facing outcomes from the peer mentoring groups?

A: The primary aim of the six peer mentoring sessions is provide the invited group of artists a space to discuss/feedback on their projects and practice. There may be incidental outcomes such as online blogs, websites etc that it might be appropriate to share more widely but public output is not the main goal of the programme. The peer mentoring sessions themselves are not intended to be public events. Some host organisations stipulate that involved artists should coordinate and participate in an additional public facing event at the end of the 6 month period. A small additional budget will be provided by the host organisation if this is the case.

Q: What is it acceptable to budget for?

A: We anticipate a significant amount of the £1,800 budget will be spent on the lead artists fee for coordinating and administrating the sessions.

The follow items are other examples of acceptable expenditure (Please note this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Refreshments
  • Equipment hire (if required equipment is not available at host venue)
  • Guest speakers fee
  • lead artists fee to coordinate sessions
  • A small proportion of the budget for travel for group members travelling from outside of London (Please see Eligibility criteria above for the limit on group members based outside of London)

We would DISCOURAGE expenditure on things like 

  • Exhibition costs or other public facing outcomes
  • Attendance fees for regularly participating group members
  • Purchase of equipment material or activity not directly relevant to the peer mentoring activity proposed

Q: What do you mean by “London based” And why is this important?

A: London based means you should be living or working at least half of the week in one of the London Boroughs. This predominantly London focus is a stipulation of our funding so that duplication of support and services for artists provided by other regionally focused organisations is avoided.

Q: Rather than applying with a group of artists, can I apply as an individual artists who can join whichever group is selected for the opportunity?

A: No. This opportunity is specifically for artists to apply for funding to meet regularly and discuss their work with a proposed group, made (predominantly) from artists the applicant has some kind of existing relationship with . We can’t match up individual  artists with the groups supported through peer forum. We don’t have organisational capacity to coordinate something like this (We’re a small part time team of 4 staff) and also in our experience, smaller peer mentoring groups work better developed by the artists participating in it, rather than externally constructed by an organisation.

If you have further questions please make sure you read our section on peer mentoring and particularly our peer mentoring guidelines for artists. These documents will help you make your application and address many of the questions you may have about how you might structure a peer mentoring group. If you still have questions after reading these, email Nick Kaplony.