Cultivating spaces for extraordinary artists


Cultivate mentoring programme (2015-2018).
DASH identified the need for a robust formal mentoring programme for emerging disabled visual artists across the West Midlands, to enable them access to opportunities and practical specialist support to develop their practice and to cultivate a visual arts ecology that is diverse and representative of the diversity of our society.

Cultivate addressed this need through a three year mentoring programme for emerging Disabled visual artists based in the West Midlands.

Sixty disabled artists across the West Midlands were able to access a total of 360 hours of specialised bespoke continued professional development mentoring time over this three-year programme (twenty mentees per year, with an average of 6 hours each), from a skilled group of mentors.

We worked with West Midlands Higher Education art and design departments to identify and recruit students who were eligible for the programme.

In addition, we recruited mentees through our network of galleries across the region, the New Art West Midlands visual arts network, other disability networks, adverts, social media and our database to ensure Cultivate reached right across the region.

Artists were also welcome to self-refer to the scheme.

The Cultivate programme ran from April 2015 to March 2018.

Applications to the scheme have now closed, however following on from the successes of Cultivate we are planning a follow-up Midlands-wide scheme Cultivation, which will launch in 2019.

Cultivate is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Below, are links to videos by Cultivate mentors:

Cultivate mentor - Adrian Plant

Cultivate mentor - Angela Martin

Cultivate mentor - Anna Smith

Cultivate mentor - Ben Fredericks

Cultivate mentor - Craig Ashley

Cultivate mentor - Dave Prytherch

Cultivate mentor - Dean Melbourne

Cultivate mentor - Jacqueline Cooley

Cultivate mentor - Jane Ralls

Cultivate mentor - Mandy Fowler

Cultviate mentor - Pam Newall

Cultivate mentor - Tanya Raabe-Webber