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Leitrim County Council – Artists Mentorship Programme 2019

The Artist’s Mentorship programme is designed to support the development of Leitrim based emerging and established professional artists from any arts discipline who have identified particular gaps in their knowledge and expertise. The programme achieves this by providing funding to a leading professional to help the applicant make the next steps in their development.

A mentor is someone who can help you to develop your artistic practice, provide an objective critique and feedback on your work, or help you to work through a specific idea, no matter what stage of your career you may be at. Mentoring can be very broad, relating to your long-term goals or very specific, relating directly to special projects, growing your professional network, working internationally or expanding your business or marketing skills.

The application is completed by the mentee. In order to make an application, the applicant must have identified an appropriate mentor with which they have together developed a mentorship programme and schedule for the agreed fee and timescale. Each programme that a mentor/mentee develops will be unique. While some disciplines, such as literature, may require a greater amount of independent review of work, all mentorships should seek to maximise the amount of one-to-one contact. The programme provides a fee of €750 which is paid directly to the mentor. For this the mentee should expect to benefit from approximately 10 hours of one-to-one contact at €50/hr with €250 provided for review of work. The mentee is responsible for any other expenses that arise in relation to the programme.

Requirements and notes:

  • The applicant is the Mentee.
  • The programme is open to professional artists* ordinarily basing their practice in County Leitrim.
  • The mentorship must be completed before 31 December 2018.
  • Completed application forms must be accompanied by artists C.V. images/recordings etc. of previous work of both Mentor and Mentee and an outline programme schedule for the mentorship.
  • Information submitted will be returned if accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope.
  • All applicant mentees must be members of the Creative Frame network (see While mentors do not necessarily have to be members of the network, as an objective of the programme is to encourage learning amongst members, we particularly welcome applications where both mentor and mentee are Creative Frame members.

Applications are assessed by an independent external expert panel using the following criteria –

  • Track record (or potential) and proven commitment to high quality arts practice.
  • Track record of mentor, and suitability and ability to meet the mentees needs.
  • Likely benefit of activity on applicant’s practice.
  • Level and quality of planning for the mentor programme.

Finding a Mentor/Mentee

We are conscious that there are many artists who may be keen to apply for the opportunity but might not know where to source a mentor. Equally there might be mentors interested in working with mentees but don’t know how to get in contact with them. Please note all applicant mentees must be members of Creative Frame network (see While mentors do not necessarily have to be members given that one of the primary objectives of Creative Frame is to encourage skill sharing and exchange, we particularly welcome applications where both mentee and mentor are Creative Frame members. So, Creative Frame is facilitating a wanted/offered board. If you are a mentee looking for support or a mentor offering it but don’t know who to contact, email with the following…

  1. Your name, email and phone number
  2. Indicate if you are looking for a mentor or are a mentor offering your services (or both)
  3. Indicate exactly what area of your artform you need help in or what type of advice you can offer as a mentor.
  4. Website address or Creative Frame profile page (for members who don’t have a website you would need to have a profile on the Creative Frame websiteat the very least so others can ascertain if you’re the right fit for them.

We will then put up both lists on the members section of the Creative Frame website so that artists can identify potential matches for the programme.

Closing Date

Completed applications should be returned along with additional information by email using to before 12 midnight on Monday 13th May 2019 or in an envelope marked ‘Mentor Programme’ to Leitrim County Council Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

* A professional artist can be defined as someone for whom their artform is their whole-time occupation or who holds a third level qualification in their field of practice or has been paid and advertised as a solo or leading performer/exhibitor in a state funded institution or has been published or produced by a recognised publisher or theatre/film company or venue or is recognised as a professional by his/her peers and received recognition in the form of commendations, rewards, awards, grants, appointments to panels, etc.

For further information contact;   071 96 21694.



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