The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is a philanthropic programme that was set up in 2002 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 year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
In keeping with its tradition of supporting individual excellence, Rolex gives emerging artists time to learn, create and grow.
Over the past decade, Rolex has paired mentors and protégés in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and – as of 2012 – architecture. In the decade since it was launched, the mentoring programme has evolved into an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, helping ensure that the world’s artistic heritage is passed on to the next generation.
May 2017 Colonization of the Congo by Belgium has left political and social scars that are the continuing theme of Sammy Baloji’s striking work.
April 2017 With the aid of his mentor Robert Lepage, Matías Umpierrez is continuing to explore the parameters of the oral tradition that engendered the modern form of theatre.
April 2017 Vietnamese visual artist Thao-Nguyen Phan talks about the parallels between her work and that of her mentor, performance artist Joan Jonas.