Independent peer mentoring groups set up and run by artists who took part in an Artquest Salon

Peer groups provide critical feedback and practical day to day support and encouragement for artists. Through Artquest Independents artists can make space for dialogue, developing ideas, and research.

Artquest Independents groups, receive:

  • An award of £1,800 to run
  • 6 peer mentoring sessions
  • over a 6 month period
  • with a regular group of 10-12 other artists.

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Previously supported groups

Artquest has supported artists’ peer mentoring since 2008 through our Peer Forum and Forum projects. We worked in partnership with venues who hosted meetings.

  • Camden Arts Centre (2016 – 19)
  • Cubitt (2016 – 18)
  • Peckham Platform (2016 – 17)
  • The Foundling Museum (2018)
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens (2019)
  • The Photographers Gallery (2016 -19)

Camden Arts Centre

The Peer Forum award at Camden Arts Centre  in 2019 was awarded to Lea Collet who will be working with Miriam Austin, Naz Balkaya, Harry Bix, Guendalina Cerruti, Rosa Doornenbal , Roxman Gatt’, Maria Gorodeckaya, Zaiba Jabbar, Natalia Januła, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Eleni Papazoglou , Dylan Spencer-Davidson, Anna Souter, Kandace Siobhan Walker.

The 2018 Peer Forum at Camden Arts Centre was awarded to Kobby Adi, Tamar Clarke-Brown, Amrita Dhallu, Priya Jay, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Georgia Lucas-Going, Hamed Maiye, Seema Mattu, Joy Miessi, Zarina Muhammad, Zeinab Saleh,  Ebun Sodipo. Brought together by curator Amrita Dhallu, the group is concerned with the potential and limitations of possessing a colonised body caught in the system that oppresses it.

The 2017 Peer Forum was awarded to lead artist Alicia Tsigarides working with Leah Carless , Katharine Fry, Rebecca Jagoe , Olivia Brazier , Annie Attridge , Lindsey Mendick , Alicia Reyes McNamara , Holly Hendry , Mindy Lee and Tenant of Culture . You can read more about the group’s activities on the Camden Arts Centre blog.

The 2016 Peer Forum group included Josie Cockram (lead artist), Anita Delaney (lead artist), Victoria Adam, Gabriel Stones, Isabel Mallet, Richard Lockett, Lauren Godfrey, Amanda Loomes, Jamie Bracken Lobb, Mat Jenner and Paul Gwilliam


The 2018 Peer Forum at Cubitt was awarded to lead artists Cleo Broda and JMC Hayes, Sinéid Codd, Soa J. Hwang, Anne Krinsky ,Eva Lis, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Katia Potapova , Kristina Pulejkova, Cecilia Sjoholm, Alexis Zelda Stevens and Pandora Vaughan.

The 2017 Peer Forum was awarded to lead artist Rose Gibbs who worked with Clare Bottomley, Clare Bottomley, Kim Dhillon, Andrea Francke, Ross Jardine, Susan Kelly, Helen Knowles, Sara Paiola, Sophia Marinkov Jones, Stephanie Wehowski, Hermione Wiltshire and Paulina Yurman in the group ‘Labours of Love’. Looking back to art history the group considered works exploring affective labour, the maternal and how the use of the body, the domestic, and the intimate – vital aspects of affective labour – are spoken about within art discourse. They explored the taboos around these subjects, and the strategies artist have use to exploit or explore those taboos.

The 2016 Peer Forum group consisted of: Larry Achiampong, Beverley Bennett, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Evan Ifekoya, Shepherd Manyika, Jade Montserrat, Ima-Abasi Okon and Nicola Thomas

The Foundling Museum

To mark the end of The Foundling Residency in 2015, Artquest funded a year of peer mentoring for programme alumni and an expanded network of artists with research based practices made up of:

  • Pavilion (Sophie Yetton & Gabriel Birch, 2015 residency recipients)
  • Tom Railton (2014 residency recipient)
  • working with artist Fritha Jenkins and an invited group of curators and artists

This group worked on a series of gallery tours, field trips and peer mentoring sessions at the Foundling Museum throughout 2018.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Photographers’ Gallery

Interview on peer mentoring

An interview with Peer Forum awardee Lewis Bush on his approaches to and benefits of peer mentoring.