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. It is not intended to directly support public output like exhibitions and similar

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: 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: 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 outcomes such as online blogs, websites etc that it might be appropriate to share with the public. 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 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
  • Guest speakers fee
  • lead artists fee to coordinate sessions

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.