Peer Mentoring Cyle 3 2015

Peer Mentoring
Posted: 16 Sep 2015

Artists invited to apply for Assemblage mentorship programme

Call to apply for Assemblage Peer Mentoring Programme Cycle 3
Assemblage’s Peer Mentoring programme, cycle 3 starts end of September, apply now!

Peer Mentoring has been running successfully since 2010 and has seen hundreds of participating artists grow, connect and collaborate. The programme provides groups of working artists and art professionals with a platform to get together to discuss, critique and advise on one another's work and concepts. Its structure has shifted over the years and in 2015 we are introducing a more focused, intensive and outcome-based programme.

We invite artists to apply for the third cycle of this year. This is how it works and what it entails:

  • The programme consists of a 10 week cycle, with one 2 hour evening session every 2 weeks (ie. 5 sessions in total). Dates for the third cycle are listed below.
  • There will be a fee of R200 per mentee for the 10 week programme
  • There will be 2 groups with 2 mentors per group and 5 mentees per group.
  • The programme will consist of an Introductory/Social/Art evening (session 1), followed by 3 sessions (sessions 2,3,4), ending with an ‘exhibition’ where mentees can showcase their work to their group and the public (session 5)
  • This final session/exhibition will coincide with Assemblage’s Open Studio event which will give exposure to the mentees.

We aim to target those who are serious about pursuing a career as an artist; who demonstrate technical skill; who have a conceptual or critical understanding of their work; and who want to situate themselves in a contemporary art market.
Mentees are expected to commit to ALL 5 sessions over the 10 week period:

  • Wed 30 Sept (18:15 - 20:15)
  • Wed 14 Oct (18:15 - 20:15)
  • Wed 28 Oct (18:15 - 20:15)
  • Wed 11 Nov (18:15 - 20:15)
  • Wed 25 Nov, Open Studio (18:15 opening speech )

Those wanting to apply, must submit the following to peermentoring@assemblage.co.za by Wednesday 23 September 2015:

  • Artist Biography (max 200 words)
  • CV, including 2 references
  • Artist Statement - tell us about your work in general (max 200 words)
  • Motivation for why you would like to attend and what you would like to achieve during the 10 week programme
  • 5 images of your work (files should not exceed 3mb each)

The top 10 worthy applicants will be included on the programme

Mentors for Cycle 3 are:

Peter Mammes: Born in Johannesburg in 1986, Peter has always had an interest in the macabre and absurdity, he began drawing as a young child and attended the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein where he finished school in 2004.Peter has worked as a puppeteer's apprentice and a prop maker specialising in making hangman's nooses for a few theatre productions. Peter is an autodidact and reads on a wide range of topics and is very interested in economics, philosophy and physics. Peter has exhibited extensively and has had several solo exhibitions, he went into hiding for a long period to develop a new technique and style, only exhibiting in a group show or two during that period but emerged reinvented with a completely new style of drawing. Peter travels extensively to find the imagery and patterns he uses in his work. He collects medical instruments, specialising in birth instruments. Peter has worked for months in different locations so as to assimilate the culture and surroundings of that particular society first in Moscow, Russia and more recently in Varanasi, India where one can see open air cremations. Peter is influenced by Kathe Kolwitz, Helnwein, Van Gogh and Klimt.

Nina Barnett uses drawing, photography, moving image and installation to examine particular locations in relation to the body, (deep) time and vertical scale. Her work seeks connections between the geographical, the experienced and the materiality of surfaces, and playfully questions the relationship between the theoretical, the planned and the accidental. Nina is a South African artist currently living in Johannesburg. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her BFA from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She has exhibited her work locally and abroad - notably at Gallery 400, Heaven Gallery, EXPO and Roots and Culture in Chicago, David Krut Gallery and Harvestworks in New York, KNIPSU in Bergen, Norway and West Space in Melbourne. Notable residencies include the Cite des Arts in Paris; AIR in Bergen, Norway; PROGR in Bern, Switzerland and Summer Forum, Joshua Tree.

Dirk Bahmann, is an architect and artist, who was born and lives in Johannesburg. He studied Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand and obtained his qualifications, a BAS in 1997 and B.Arch in 2000. His work spans and combines a number of diverse disciplines ranging from photography, physical computing, sculpture, and architecture. Central to his work is the exploration of the existential dimensions of the nature of place of Johannesburg. He currently lectures in the architecture faculty at Wits University.

Mathijs Lieshoud (b.1975) is a sculptural artist from the Netherlands, and has degrees in Philosophy and Fine art. Lieshoud has participated in numerous exhibitions, group and solo, globally since 2000. Lieshoud has done residencies in Slovakia and Russia. He currently works in Pretoria and Johannesburg.