Past Project 2016

PEER FORUM 2016 was run in partnership with galleries around London. It provided artists with the funding, space and resources necessary to establish their own peer mentoring groups, while establishing contact with some of London’s most respected art spaces.

Peckham Platform: PEER FORUM participant

Artquest funded peer mentoring groups at four organisations over a 6 month period. In 2016 these include The Photographers’ Gallery, Cubitt, Peckham Platform and Camden Arts Centre.

Selected artists/groups will received

  • £1,800 from Artquest to run 6 peer mentoring sessions over a 6 month period with a regular group of 8-12 other artists.
  • Space and resources for the peer mentoring sessions to take place from our gallery partners.

This group was led by Josie Cockram and Anita Delaney, with Victoria Adam, Gabriel Stones, Isabel Mallet, Richard Lockett, Lauren Godfrey, Amanda Loomes, Jamie Bracken Lobb, Mat Jenner and Paul Gwilliam. Read more about the group here.

Camden Arts Centre is a venue for contemporary visual art and education, where ideas are made visible and people of all ages and abilities can engage in the creative process of making art. Camden Arts Centre’s pioneering and varied programme of exhibitions, residencies, talks, events, and other education activities has gained an international reputation as a model of good practice. It is known as a forward-thinking organisation where artists and others can see, make and talk about art.

Camden Arts Centre provided institutional support and created a space for the artists to instigate dialogue and push their work through this peer network opportunity.  Camden Arts Centre welcomed applications from artists who have been practicing for at least 5 years.

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This group was led by Eelyn Lee, with Simon Terrill, Annette Mees, Hannah Nicklin, Harold Offeh, Isa Suarez, R.M. Sánchez-Camus, Close and Remote, Tanya Singh and Janette Paris. Read more about the group here.

Peckham Platform is a creative and educational charity based in a gallery on Peckham Square, SE15. It became independent at the start of 2014 and was awarded Arts Council national portfolio funding six months later. As an organisation it believes that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists. Its programme of commissions creates meaningful and accessible social arts practice for Peckham and beyond, providing an expansive platform for different voices and debate, bringing contemporary social practice alive.

As a venue for Artquest’s Peer Forum Peckham Platform provided a space for practitioners to engage with these aims and therefore particularly welcomed applications with an interest in social arts practice or whose practice engages with localities and communities

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The PEER FORUM group at Cubitt consisted of Larry Achiampong, Beverley Bennett, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Evan Ifekoya, Shepherd Manyika, Jade Montserrat, Ima-Abasi Okon and Nicola Thomas. Read more about the group here.  

Founded in 1991, Cubitt is a small yet far-reaching artists’ cooperative comprising a gallery, an education programme and affordable artists’ studios, to support international and local art practice in central London.  Through its 18-month Curatorial Fellowship, Cubitt Gallery provides an open remit for emerging curators at pivotal points in their career to stage dynamic, ambitious and diverse programmes of exhibitions and events. Cubitt’s Education programme aims for excellence in visual arts education, with a focus on social benefit and the creation of cultural democracy. It delivers an extraordinary range of projects in partnership with local schools, community and seniors groups. Cubitt Artists lead the institution’s long term vision; as a peer-led and as an artist-run space Cubitt is always keen to find new ways to support artists and their practice.

In 2016 Cubitt  launched a new public programme of events, workshops and learning opportunities around exhibition making and curating.  Cubitt particularly welcomed applications from artist curators, or artists who wanted to debate curating and exhibition-making practice within the Peer Forum sessions. The group met in Cubitt’s new Education and Events Studio.


This group was led by Lewis Bush, with Alma Haser, Tim Mitchell, Tina Remiz, Max Colson, Jocelyn Allen, Clare Hewitt, Christopher Bethell, Andrew Youngson and Marcia Chandra. Visit the PEER FORUM at the Photographers’ Gallery Page for full artist biogs and images of work.

The Photographers’ Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists, exhibiting photography in all its forms. TPG run an active programme of talks, events, courses and workshops with and for photographers and artists, photography specialists and others. Artquest’s Peer Mentoring programme enables The Photographers’ Gallery to offer a space and platform for discussion and debate related to contemporary art practice through photography. It complements other ways TPG strives to support the development of practitioners by taking part in a peer-led programme, led by the interests and needs of artists.

The PEER FORUM group will meet in the Eranda Studio at The Photographers’ Gallery, a 70msq space with tables, chairs and a high-spec video projector. It can be secured via a combination lock.