Newcastle ArtSpace is offering 13 emerging artists the opportunity to be mentored by some of the city’s most established art practitioners under a new program to launch in 2020.

The mentors are:

  • Nigel Milsom, painting

  • Virginia Cuppaidge, painting

  • Lottie Consalvo, painting and installation

  • Dino Consalvo, painting

  • Ben Kenning, painting and mixed media

  • Tom Ireland, sculpture

  • Jane Lander, painting and drawing

  • Pablo Tapia, classical painting

  • Jen Denzin, sculpture and installation

  • Kara Wood, ceramics

  • Dan Nelson, painting and pastels

  • Annemarie Murland, painting

  • Gavin Vitullo, sculpture

The program will see emerging artists - working in sculpture, painting, ceramics, pastels and installation - 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. There is no age restriction. However, applicants must be at least 17 years old or commencing Year 12 during 2020. 

Applicants must be working with, or have an interest in,  sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, pastels or installation.

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:

  • Contact information, including email and phone number.

  • A brief biography, including achievements.

  • Photos of samples of your work with name, title of the work, year and medium clearly marked.

  • A letter explaining your work and nominating the practice in which you would like to be mentored in.

  • 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.

All EOIs should be emailed to, delivered in person during business hours to 91 Chinchen Street, or posted to Newcastle Art Space: PO Box  2257, Dangar, 2309.

Attach your images separately as j-pegs (resolution of 1-2MBs).

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

Applications close at 4pm on 11 November, 2019.  

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 on December 20, 2019 and the mentorships will commence in February 2020.

Applications open: Now
Applications close: 4pm, Nov 11, 2019
Interviews held: Dec 4 –13, 2019
Applicants notified: Dec  20, 2019
Mentorship commences: Feb 2020

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