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Rolex crown - Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Rolex crown - Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

 

  • The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme that was set up to make a contribution to global culture. The programme seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a period of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

 

  • Every two years, a new advisory board of distinguished artists and arts practitioners suggests and endorses potential mentors. Once the mentors have been approached and have agreed to take part, Rolex works with them to establish a profile of the protégé they would like to work with.

 

  • Young artists cannot apply directly to the programme. Rather, nominating panels – one panel for each artistic discipline – are assembled. The expert panel members identify suitable potential protégés, who are then invited by Rolex to submit applications. Panel members study these applications and recommend three finalists from their respective discipline. Finally, Rolex arranges for the mentor to meet the finalists and choose his or her protégé.

 

  • Each protégé receives a grant of 40,000 Swiss francs during the mentoring year, in addition to funds to cover travel and other major expenses. A budget of a further 30,000 Swiss francs is available to each protégé after the year is over. This is offered specifically towards the creation of a new piece of work, a publication, a performance or public event.