Plymouth Platform 2018

Plymouth Platform mentoring opportunity 2018

Visual Arts Plymouth are offering a professional development opportunity for three early career arts professionals to develop projects for Plymouth Art Weekender 2018 with support from a carefully matched mentor.  Plymouth Platform 2018 is the second iteration of this initiative and is part of VAP’s two year programme of talent development for the visual arts in Plymouth supported by the Arts Council England funded Horizon programme.

DEADLINE: Monday 13th November 2017

See below for full details of how to apply…


VAP’s aims for the Plymouth Platform

Visual Arts Plymouth wants to strengthen the development of high quality projects presented during the Plymouth Art Weekender, by giving time, support, and funding to realise these ambitions.  We also hope to create a peer group of professionals (both mentored and mentoring), supporting and augmenting each other’s practices and sharing techniques, research skills and practical expertise.

What’s included in the Plymouth Platform?

Following the selection process three successful applicants will be paired with a mid-career artist, curator or relevant arts professional to undertake a tailored ten month mentoring programme to include: 1:1 sessions with mentors and VAP Platform Coordinators, support with finding venues and securing additional funding and professional documentation of their final exhibition/event. Mentors and mentees will also be invited to present their work at PAC Home Supper Clubs.

The Plymouth Platform is expected to support early-career professionals in planning a project for the 2018 Plymouth Art Weekender. In addition to the mentoring support, each selected mentee will be awarded £550 towards their PAW 2018 project, to be spent on installation and production costs.

To create a truly bespoke mentoring programme, suitable mentors will be approached during the selection process and matched with applicants developing work in their area of expertise. Mentors will be paid a fixed fee to conduct at least five sessions and maintain dialogue between sessions.

A shared £200 research budget will also be allocated to each mentoring pair to support any training, travel to relevant exhibitions/events or technical support for the realisation of the project.

Please note a fee is not offered to mentees.


Who should apply?

VAP will consider applications from early-career artists, curators or other professionals working within the visual arts e.g. producers, teachers, facilitators etc are also eligible.

During selection we will be looking at strength of practice, promise of ideas for PAW and evidence of need/potential benefit from mentoring. This opportunity is offered to professionals living or working in Plymouth or neighbouring rural areas. VAP is unable to offer additional travel expenses to either mentees or mentors.


Timeline & key dates

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 13th November
  • Shortlisting of mentees & mentors: Week beginning 13th November
  • Interview of mentees: Week beginning the 20th November
  • Mentoring for selected applicants: January 2018 – October 2018
  • First PAC Home Supper club: Date tbc January/February 2018
  • Progress review with VAP: Date tbc March/April 2018
  • Second PAC Home Supper Club: Date tbc May/June 2018
  • Plymouth Art Weekender: 28th, 29th 30th September 2018
  • Evaluation session with VAP: Date tbc October 2018

To apply

Please send the following information as a single PDF or word doc by email to by the deadline Monday 13th November 2017 with the subject ‘Plymouth Platform Application’:

  • Name, home address, email address, phone number.
  • Short artist statement (200 words max)
  • CV
  • Links to your work and website
  • Initial ideas about the Plymouth Art Weekender project you are interested in developing and the type of support you would want from your mentor (500 words max, which may be accompanied by max 4 images/illustrations)


Following the deadline VAP Activators will shortlist applications and confirm mentors by mid December 2017 to initiate the Plymouth Platform promptly at the start of January 2018.


Interested in being a mentor?

At this point VAP are also keen to hear from mid-career artists, curators and relevant arts professionals to mentor the selected artists. Eligible mentors will be added to a pool of possible mentors for consideration during the selection process and confirmed in December 2017 to start freelance contracts in January 2018.

Mentors will be paid £900 to include fee and all associated expenses, we would also like selected mentors to give brief informal presentations at a PAC Home Supper Club in January 2018 and attend the evaluation session with VAP in October 2018.

To register interest in being a mentor please send the following  details to with the subject ‘Plymouth Platform Mentor’:

  • Your contact details
  • CV outlining relevant experience
  • Links to your work and website

If you registered interest in mentoring for the 2017 Plymouth Platform scheme your details have been kept for consideration in this second iteration of the initiative.

Plymouth Platform 2017

Plymouth Platform 2017 participants were Rosie King & Sophie Mellor, Laura Edmunds & Hannah Rose, Jules Varnedoe & Bruce Asbestos.

Rosie King said of her experience:

“It’s made me more ambitious in what I make. Now I know that those mad ideas are within reach and it has been through working with Sophie that I’ve learnt the different approaches to realise them”

Rosie King and Laura Edmunds will present their experience of Plymouth Platform on Friday the 17th of November during PAC Home Supper Club from 7pm. This event is open to PAC Home members and anyone interested in finding out more about Plymouth Platform. Please check the PAC Home facebook event page for further information.

Read about the three artist’s projects for Plymouth Platform 2017 in this VASW Postcard and on the Visual Arts Plymouth website.


Plymouth Platform is designed & coordinated by Visual Arts Plymouth, informed by previous mentoring schemes run by VASW, a-n (review bursaries) and Hand in Glove (Bristol) and is supported financially through Horizon – a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and supported by Plymouth Culture.