Peer mentoring
Posted: 18 Jul 2018

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art, and working is art - and good business is the best art.”

― Andy Warhol

Are you ready to make good business part of your art?

Then RMB Talent Unlocked is your next step!

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) in partnership with Assemblage, The Visual Arts Network of South Africa and Turbine Art Fair open the 2019 call for applications for this remarkable skills development programme. This partnership offers emerging artists a platform to build, strengthen and elevate their art careers. RMB Talent Unlocked is a mentorship and workshop programme that offers artists upskilling in art writing, financial management, funding & proposal writing, audience development and entrepreneurial savvy which culminates in an exhibition at the RMB Turbine Art Fair where artists gain access to markets. The mentorship also includes individual critique and feedback of the participants body of work from established art mentors as well as the peer group. Artists are encouraged to be open to constructive critique and be mindful of the kind of work they will be expected to produce - work that will shine at an art fair and appeal to art buyers. A curator will be assigned to the programme and will guide artists on their journey to RMB TAF2019.

Selection Criteria:

  1. All artists must be between the ages of 18 – 35
  2. Artists who live in Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State & North West may apply
  3. Artists must have a minimum of 2 years’ professional experience
  4. All artists must have a portfolio of work to submit for review on entry (At least 1 body of work)
  5. Artists must NOT have had a solo exhibition or be represented by a gallery
  6. Selected applicants must be available for an interview with the selection committee before the final selection of artists are made
  7. All artists must be available for ALL workshops, mentoring sessions & studio visits +- every 2 weeks (normally Saturdays) over 3 months Feb - April and then exhibit in May 2019

RMB Talent Unlocked is an intensive programme! The right candidate is dedicated, meets deadlines, motivated and ready to learn the business of their art while enriching and strengthening their artistic practice.

The workshops, mentorship and art fair will be held in Gauteng only.

Public transport and accommodation costs will be considered within a budget.

All production costs of art making is for the artists expense. 


To apply, send the following to in one PDF file:
- a PDF portfolio of your work (max 10MB)
- brief letter of motivation of why you want to be a part of the programme (max 300 words)

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