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.
August 2017 Polish film and theatre director Michał Borczuch is challenging linear story-telling conventions with his provocative new works.
July 2017 Naomi Alderman has won one of the most coveted literature prizes in the United Kingdom.
July 2017 Tracy K. Smith has received the greatest honour in poetry in the United States.