1 October — 30 April 2011

Six artists/curators were selected on the basis of their relevant knowledge and experience as mentors in a six month mentoring programme: Michelle Cotton (then independent curator and writer and holder of Cubitt Gallery curator's bursary, now Curator at Firstsite), Harriet Godwin (curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery), Andrew Hunt (director, Focal Point Gallery), Simon Liddiment (artist), Sally O’Reilly (writer and event organiser and now Wysing Ambassador), Jamie Shovlin (artist).


Escalator Mentoring Scheme

Face-to-face meetings with mentors allows for an informal transmission of knowledge and support for artistic and professional development, with both the mentor and the artist choosing whom they worked with and being paid equally for their time.

Mentees met with their mentors for a two-hour long session, three times over the duration of the programme. The basis for these meetings and the logic of their progression was decided jointly by the selected artists and their mentors. A one-off fee was provided for each of the successful artists and travel expenses were also covered.

The mentees selected were Julie Brenot, Will Clifford, Aaron Head, Katherine Hymers, Lyndall Phelps and Cally Spooner.