mentoring program

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MENTORS: Lottie Consalvo, Jane Landa, Nigel Milsom, Kara Wood, Virginia Cuppaidge, Dan Nelson and Pablo Tapia.

Picture: Max Mason-Huber as appeared in Newcastle Herald article by Phoebe Moloney, OCTOBER 6 2019.

Newcastle Art Space is delighted to announce 15 mentees for our 2020 mentorship program.

The mentors and mentees are:

  • Nigel Milsom working with Rob Connell 

  • Virginia Cuppaidge working with Michelle Tear

  • Lottie Consalvo working with Gillian Adamson 

  • Dino Consalvo working with Katrina Holden

  • Ben Kenning working with Matthew Hargrave

  • Tom Ireland working with Nicole Wilson

  • Jane Landaworking with Alessia Sakoff

  • Pablo Tapia working with Liss Finney and Justin Hamilton

  • Jen Denzin working with Hannah Allen and Frances Johnston

  • Kara Wood with Emma Wilks

  • Dan Nelson working with Judith Hill 

  • Annemarie Murland working with Catherine Tempest

  • Gavin Vitullo working with Jamie Bastoli

The 2021 Mentoring program will open for applications in the second half of 2020. 

The rules for entry have changed based on suggestions from the 2020 selection panel. 

The program will see emerging artists apply to be mentored for one year.

There is no cost associated with the program.
The program is competitive. Applicants will need to complete an expression of interest to participate. 

Who is eligible?
Applicants must be emerging artists in the first five years of their art practice residing within the Hunter Region. Applicants must be older than 18. There is no upper age limit.  

Fields of practice on offer in 2021 will be published when the 2021 program opens. 

What is involved in the Mentorship?
The successful applicant will be paired with an established art practitioner for one year. The nature of the mentorship is up to each individual mentor. It is an opportunity for skills, knowledge and experience to be passed from a practising and established artist to an emerging artist. The mentee is expected to meet with their mentors once a month.

How do I apply?
 Your expression of interest (EOI) should contain the following as separate documents. Each image should be attached to your email as a j-peg and not embedded into a Word or PDF document:​

  • A brief biography, including achievements, attached by email as a document, or delivered in person as a document.

  • Photos of samples of your work with your name clearly marked in the file name,
    attached to email as a jpeg.


  • A letter explaining your work and nominating the field of practice in which you would like to be mentored in. The letter should contain contact information, including email and phone number and be attached to your email as a separate document. Applications that name a particular mentor will be culled from the selection process. 

  • Your letter should also tell us why you feel you will benefit from mentoring and what you would hope to achieve over the course of the 12 months, attached as a separate document.

Applications that do not follow the above instructions will be culled from the selection process. 

The selection process will again be conducted at arms-length from Newcastle ArtSpace. 

All EOIs should be emailed to


  • Attach your images separately as jpegs (resolution of 1-2MBs).

  • EOIs should be in the format of Word Doc or PDF.  

  • Dates for the 2021 program are yet to be announced.  

How does the application process work?
Based on the expression of interest, and the field of practice, Newcastle ArtSpace will shortlist applicants to match with the specific mentors. From the shortlist, each mentor will have the opportunity to set up an interview with potential mentees. The final decision on who is accepted into the program is held by the mentor. Successful applicants will be notified and the mentorships will commence in February 2021.

KEY DATES for 2021
Applications open: TBA
Applications close: TBA
Interviews held: TBA
Applicants notified: TBA
Mentorship commences: Feb 2021