Blue Rectangle, Abi Freckleton

Bespoke Mentoring & Professional Development

By participating in, corporates and other organisations  will select final year artists of promise from one or more partner art schools. Selected artists will be invited to show work in the organisation for one year, will be awarded a prize to display their work and the opportunity to participate in a commission free auction at the end of the year. As well as receiving financial support, artists will benefit from professional development workshops, creative entrepreneurship opportunities and individual pro bono support. The scheme gives the staff of the organisation a unique opportunity to engage with the visual arts and play a role in supporting the professional development of emerging artists. This represents Corporate Responsibility at its very best. provides the structure, support and logistics to enable corporates and organisations to deliver this model effectively, from partnering with art schools, exhibition install and curation, developing professional mentoring workshops, improving staff engagement, to budget management and PR. The flexibility of the model means that it can be adapted according to the needs and resources of the organisation, so that each can run their own custom-built contemporary art programme.

The launch of comes at a time where funding cuts and a lack of creative opportunities mean artists are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain and evolve their practice upon graduation. Art schools are under pressure to attract the best talent and to provide real value and opportunity from their courses. The charity also responds to the growing need of corporates for dynamic and constantly changing art collections, without the responsibility of ownership, and provides a sustained opportunity for staff and client engagement.

Once There Was A Time No 1, Alison Griffin