Rolex adds North American creatives to its Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Four artists − Sir David Adjaye (architecture), Zakir Hussain (music), Crystal Pite (dance) and Colm Tóibín (literature) will be the mentors for 2018 – 2019 in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. The company also announced a new programme schedule that will allow more time for the mentorships along with increased funding.

From this year, the Rolex Arts Initiative mentorships will address disciplines in alternating periods. In 2018 – 2019, mentorships will take place in architecture, dance, literature and music. The change will give each mentoring pair up to two years of collaboration, doubling the 12 months of the original model used from 2002 to 2017.

“We have moved to this schedule as a natural evolution of the programme based on 15 years of experience and extensive conversations with the participating artists,” said Rebecca Irvin, Head of Philanthropy at Rolex. “The change enables us to provide greater flexibility for the mentor-protégé pairs in planning their work together and will help accommodate collaborations in fields where works need longer periods to develop.”

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In other changes, funding has been substantially increased to 40,000 Swiss francs for protégés with mentors receiving an honorarium of 100,000 Swiss francs. A further 30,000 Swiss francs is also available to protégées after the mentoring period has finished to support the creation of new work.

Irvin thanked all the new mentors for generously agreeing to take part in the programme and congratulated the protégés. “We welcome the four new mentors and their protégés to the worldwide creative community of the Rolex Arts Initiative. We at Rolex believe that the extended mentoring time of up to two years will result in partnerships that are even more productive than those of the past 15 years.”

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