NOW CLOSED - ZELDA Free Artist Mentorship Programme: Call for Applications

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Free Artist Mentorship Programme: Applications due 9th Oct (5 pm)

ZELDA is proud to announce the launch of our first Artist Mentorship Programme in collaboration with Arcade London and 8 expert mentors from across the Visual Arts sector.

We are currently accepting applications from artists who feel that they would benefit from the support, advice and guidance of a short term mentoring relationship. Applications are open to all artists throughout the UK as long as you are not currently enrolled in a higher education course.

This programme is FREE to all participating artists.

ZELDA is lucky to be working with 8 mentors from across the Visual Arts sector with a breadth of experience and knowledge. Their bios are listed below and we will try to match those who are selected with the most appropriate mentor. We have 8 spaces to offer mentee artists.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from artists who have not followed traditional arts education routes, live outside of London, are underrepresented in the art world due to race or socio-economic position, identify as disabled, are LGBTQ+, or have taken a break from practice due to caring responsibilities or health issues.

Selected artists will meet for 3 one-hour sessions with their mentors. A schedule will be arranged between mentor and mentee on days and times that mutually work, although we recommend that the 3 sessions take place over a period no longer than 3 months.

We expect that most sessions will take place online, but we will facilitate IRL meetings should the mentee and mentor wish to do this. Our partner, Arcade, located at 87 Lever St, London EC1V 3RA, have confirmed use of a socially distanced and sanitised space at the gallery. However, if government guidelines change, or you do not feel comfortable with this, there is no requirement to meet in person.

To Apply: Send a short paragraph of biographical information including a description of your practice, and one short paragraph describing how you feel you would benefit from the mentorship. Include any relevant links to your work, such as website. If you’d like to work with a specific person from our list of mentors please make sure to make a note of that in your application, although it’s not essential. The application should be no longer than 1 side A4 typed.

Send to info@zeldaart.com by 9th October (5pm). Selections will be made and notified by the 19th October.

Mentor Bios:

Rebecca Allen is an internationally recognized artist inspired by the aesthetics of motion, the study of perception and behavior and the potential of advanced technology. Her artwork takes the form of virtual and augmented reality art installations, experimental video and large-scale performances. She holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was founding Chair of the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts. ZELDA will be exhibiting a selection of Rebecca’s work at Arcade London from 15 Oct – 14 Nov. http://rebeccaallen.com/

Sonia E. Barrett ‘s sculptural practice includes place making with a view to assembling communities under the threat of climate change, to (Re) claim space as well as instituting permanence. Her works unpack the boundaries between the determined and the determining with a focus on race and gender.  Sonia is a MacDowell fellow and has been recognised by the Premio Ora prize, NY Art-Slant showcase for sculpture and the Neo Art Prize. ZELDA will be presenting an exhibition of Sonia’s work at Arcade London in November 2020. https://www.sebarrett.com/

Bianca Chu is an independent curator and art consultant based in London. Previously the deputy director of S2 Gallery, the exhibition arm of Sotheby’s, Bianca curated and produced an extensive programme of exhibitions and publications, focusing on artists often perceived as on the margins of art history, aiming to grow their visibility on the secondary market through collaboration with galleries, artists, estates and institutions. Prior to Sotheby’s, Bianca was the Head of the First Open London auction and the post-war and contemporary department at Christie’s South Kensington. She is a consultant for Procreate Project, and is a member of the Ambassador committee for the Tate Young Patrons and advisor to the Kim Lim Estate.


Ali Eisa is an artist and educator based in London. He is co-founder of Lloyd Corporation, a long-term collaborative project with artist Sebastian Lloyd Rees. Working together since 2010 their practice utilizes sculpture, installation, performance and participation, often taking inspiration from informal and local economies. Ali is also the Learning & Participation Manager at Autograph, a visual arts charity supporting photography and film exploring issues of identity, representation and social justice. With over 10 years experience in community arts and youth work, Ali develops and facilitates participatory projects, with a particular interest in issues of human rights, empowerment and access for people from highly marginalised backgrounds. Ali is a university lecturer in BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths and has been a visiting lecturer at University of the Arts London, Royal Academy and Middlesex University.



Chris Fite-Wassilak is a writer and critic, a regular contributor to publications such as Camera Austria, Art Agenda and Frieze, and a contributing editor of ArtReview. He is co-organiser, with artist Anne Tallentire, of the quarterly event series 'hmn'. Books include The Artist in Time (Herbert Press, 2020) and Ha-Ha Crystal (Copy Press, 2016). cfitewassilak.wordpress.com

Jane Rolo is a publisher, editor and curator, and was the co-founder and director of Book Works (1984-2019). Her practice has always been informed by her love of art and books, from her early days working as a craft bookbinder, printer and printmaker – through to establishing Book Works as an arts organisation focusing on the art of the book and publishing.  She is currently exploring a research initiative on women and publishing, and is interested in art/writing in translation, and the cultural slippages between languages and their meanings, as well as investigating issues of gender identity, race and politics as represented in different media, including books, film and performance. 

Amanprit Sandhu is a London based curator and educator with a focus on commissioning, performance-based practices and collaborative approaches to working. Her current work includes organising the inaugural biennial programme for Brent in London, and co-curator of the 2021 Boras Art Biennial in Sweden. She was the co-founder of the curatorial collective DAM Projects (2014-20), whose work supported underexposed artists, art scenes, discourses, and socio-political debates in the UK and internationally. Other previous roles include: Interim Curator at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire, Public Programme and Residencies Curator at Camden Art Centre, Project Manager for the 2014 Folkestone Triennial and 2012 Frieze Foundation projects, and Assistant Curator at the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art. She is a Curatorial Practice tutor on the Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of Art, and between 2017-20 was a trustee at Arts Catalyst.

Kay Watson is Arts Technologies Curator at the Serpentine and a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. She is a researcher, producer and curator working with art and advanced technologies, photography and feminist, curatorial and institutional histories of art. She has worked with Contemporary Art Society, The Photographers’ Gallery, Art Night with the ICA and has co-organised projects with Hi Barbara and Hemera Collective. She holds an MA History of Art with Photography from Birkbeck and a BA(Hons) in Fine Art New Media from Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL.

248 views0 comments