Community

Community

The Rolex Arts Initiative has evolved into a global creative community that has enabled an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. Since 2002 more than 850 people in 100 countries have been nominated for the programme. Advisors include 113 major artists and creative leaders, while 208 influential figures in the arts have nominated young artists and selected finalists. Forty-three of the world’s greatest artists have served as mentors.

Mentors
Margaret AtwoodMargaret AtwoodLiterature, 2012-2013CanadaJohn BaldessariJohn BaldessariVisual Arts, 2006-2007United StatesTahar Ben JellounTahar Ben JellounLiterature, 2006-2007MoroccoTrisha BrownTrisha BrownDance, 2010-2011 (1936-2017)United StatesSir David ChipperfieldSir David ChipperfieldArchitecture, 2016-2017United KingdomPatrice ChéreauPatrice ChéreauTheatre, 2012-2013 (1944 - 2013)FranceMia CoutoMia CoutoLiterature, 2016-2017MozambiqueAlfonso CuarónAlfonso CuarónFilm, 2016-2017MexicoSir Colin DavisSir Colin DavisMusic, 2002-2003 (1927-2013)United KingdomAnne Teresa De KeersmaekerAnne Teresa De KeersmaekerDance, 2006-2007BelgiumOlafur EliassonOlafur EliassonVisual Arts, 2014-2015DenmarkBrian EnoBrian EnoMusic, 2010-2011United KingdomHans Magnus EnzensbergerHans Magnus EnzensbergerLiterature, 2010-2011GermanyWilliam ForsytheWilliam ForsytheDance, 2002-2003United States / GermanyStephen FrearsStephen FrearsFilm, 2006-2007United KingdomGilberto GilGilberto GilMusic, 2012-2013 BrazilPhilip GlassPhilip GlassMusic, 2016-2017United StatesSir Peter HallSir Peter HallTheatre, 2004-2005United KingdomDavid HockneyDavid HockneyVisual Arts, 2004-2005United KingdomRebecca HornRebecca HornVisual Arts, 2008-2009GermanyLin Hwai-minLin Hwai-minDance, 2012-2013TaiwanAlejandro  IñárrituAlejandro IñárrituFilm, 2014-2015MexicoJoan JonasJoan JonasVisual Arts, 2016-2017United StatesAnish KapoorAnish KapoorVisual Arts, 2010-2011IndiaWilliam KentridgeWilliam KentridgeVisual Arts, 2012-2013 South AfricaJiří KyliánJiří KyliánDance, 2008-2009Czech RepublicRobert LepageRobert LepageTheatre, 2016-2017 CanadaToni MorrisonToni MorrisonLiterature, 2002-2003United StatesWalter MurchWalter MurchFilm, 2012-2013 United StatesYoussou N'DourYoussou N'DourMusic, 2008-2009 SenegalOhad NaharinOhad NaharinDance, 2016-2017IsraelMira NairMira NairFilm, 2004-2005IndiaJessye NormanJessye NormanMusic, 2004-2005United StatesMichael OndaatjeMichael OndaatjeLiterature, 2014-2015CanadaAlexei RatmanskyAlexei RatmanskyDance, 2014-2015RussiaKaija  SaariahoKaija SaariahoMusic, 2014-2015FinlandMartin ScorseseMartin ScorseseFilm, 2008-2009United StatesKazuyo SejimaKazuyo SejimaArchitecture, 2012-2013JapanPeter SellarsPeter SellarsTheatre, 2010-2011United StatesÁlvaro SizaÁlvaro SizaVisual Arts, 2002-2003PortugalWole SoyinkaWole SoyinkaLiterature, 2008-2009NigeriaJulie TaymorJulie TaymorTheatre, 2006-2007United StatesSaburo TeshigawaraSaburo TeshigawaraDance, 2004-2005JapanJennifer TiptonJennifer TiptonTheatre, 2014-2015 United StatesKate ValkKate ValkTheatre, 2008-2009United StatesMario Vargas LlosaMario Vargas LlosaLiterature, 2004-2005PeruRobert WilsonRobert WilsonTheatre, 2002-2003United StatesZhang YimouZhang YimouFilm, 2010-2011ChinaPinchas ZukermanPinchas ZukermanMusic, 2006-2007CanadaPeter ZumthorPeter ZumthorArchitecture, 2014-2015Switzerland
Protégés
Sahel Al HiyariSahel Al HiyariVisual Arts, 2002-2003JordanNaomi AldermanNaomi AldermanLiterature, 2012-2013 United KingdomAditya AssaratAditya AssaratFilm, 2004-2005ThailandSammy BalojiSammy BalojiVisual Arts, 2014-2015Democratic Republic of the CongoMichał BorczuchMichał BorczuchTheatre, 2012-2013PolandJosep Caballé-DomenechJosep Caballé-DomenechMusic, 2002-2003SpainGloria CabralGloria CabralArchitecture, 2014-2015ParaguayDavid Aaron CarpenterDavid Aaron CarpenterMusic, 2006-2007United StatesSelina CartmellSelina CartmellTheatre, 2006-2007United KingdomAlejandro CesarcoAlejandro CesarcoVisual Arts, 2006-2007UruguayEdem Edem Literature, 2006-2007TogoDina El WedidiDina El WedidiMusic, 2012-2013 EgyptSara FgaierSara FgaierFilm, 2012-2013ItalyLara FootLara FootTheatre, 2004-2005South AfricaBen FrostBen FrostMusic, 2010-2011AustraliaJulián  FuksJulián FuksLiterature, 2016-2017BrazilEduardo FukushimaEduardo FukushimaDance, 2012-2013BrazilAntonio García ÁngelAntonio García ÁngelLiterature, 2004-2005ColombiaMasanori HandaMasanori HandaVisual Arts, 2008-2009JapanNicholas HloboNicholas HloboVisual Arts, 2010-2011South AfricaAnnemarie JacirAnnemarie JacirFilm, 2010-2011PalestineSang JijiaSang Jijia Dance, 2002-2003ChinaLondiwe KhozaLondiwe KhozaDance, 2016-2017South AfricaSimon  KretzSimon KretzArchitecture, 2016-2017SwitzerlandJulia LeighJulia LeighLiterature, 2002-2003AustraliaFederico LeónFederico LeónTheatre, 2002-2003ArgentinaMateo LópezMateo LópezVisual Arts, 2012-2013ColombiaAurelio MartínezAurelio MartínezMusic, 2008-2009HondurasVasco  Mendonça Vasco Mendonça Music, 2014-2015PortugalCelina MurgaCelina MurgaFilm, 2008-2009ArgentinaJosué MéndezJosué MéndezFilm, 2006-2007PeruMiroslav PenkovMiroslav PenkovLiterature, 2014-2015BulgariaNahuel Perez BiscayartNahuel Perez BiscayartTheatre, 2008-2009 ArgentinaThao-Nguyen PhanThao-Nguyen PhanVisual Arts, 2016-2017VietnamSusan PlattsSusan PlattsMusic, 2004-2005CanadaAnani Dodji SanouviAnani Dodji SanouviDance, 2006-2007TogoPauchi SasakiPauchi SasakiMusic, 2016-2017 PeruJunaid Jemal SendiJunaid Jemal SendiDance, 2004-2005EthiopiaLee SerleLee SerleDance, 2010-2011AustraliaTom ShovalTom ShovalFilm, 2014-2015IsraelTracy K. SmithTracy K. SmithLiterature, 2010-2011United StatesSebastián Solórzano RodríguezSebastián Solórzano RodríguezTheatre, 2014-2015MexicoJason Akira SommaJason Akira SommaDance, 2008-2009United StatesChaitanya TamhaneChaitanya TamhaneFilm, 2016-2017IndiaMyles ThatcherMyles ThatcherDance, 2014-2015United StatesMatías UmpierrezMatías UmpierrezTheatre, 2016-2017Argentina/SpainMatthias WeischerMatthias WeischerVisual Arts, 2004-2005GermanyTara June WinchTara June WinchLiterature, 2008-2009AustraliaMaya ZbibMaya ZbibTheatre, 2010-2011LebanonYang ZhaoYang ZhaoArchitecture, 2012-2013China
Advisors
Nina AnaniashviliNina AnaniashviliballerinaGeorgiaPierre AudiPierre Audiperforming arts directorLebanon / FrancePina BauschPina Bauschchoreographer and dancer (1940-2009)GermanyBarry BergdollBarry Bergdollcurator and professorUnited KingdomHomi K. BhabhaHomi K. Bhabhaprofessor and literary theoristUnited States / IndiaXu  BingXu Bingvisual artistChinaManuel Borja-VillelManuel Borja-Villelhistorian and museum directorSpainAndré BrinkAndré Brinkwriter (1935-2015)South AfricaTrisha BrownTrisha Brownchoreographer and dancerUnited StatesJonathan BurrowsJonathan Burrowschoreographer and performerBelgiumDame Antonia S. ByattDame Antonia S. Byattnovelist, short-story writer and critic United KingdomJane  Campion Jane Campion film directorNew ZealandPeter CareyPeter CareyauthorAustraliaCarolyn CarlsonCarolyn Carlsonchoreographer and dancerUnited States / FranceJean-Claude CarrièreJean-Claude CarrièrescreenwriterFranceSidi Larbi Cherkaoui Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui choreographer and dancerBelgiumSir David ChipperfieldSir David ChipperfieldarchitectUnited KingdomChristo and Jeanne-Claude Christo and Jeanne-Claude visual artists (1935-2009; Jeanne-Claude)United StatesAlain CoblenceAlain Coblenceattorney and philanthropistFrance / United StatesMarie CollinMarie Collinartistic directorFranceAlfonso CuarónAlfonso Cuarónfilm-makerMexicoBice Curiger Bice Curiger curator SwitzerlandFrancesco Dal CoFrancesco Dal Coarchitecture historian, professor and editorItalyGuy DarmetGuy Darmetcultural producer, danceFranceMaría de CorralMaría de Corralcurator and critic of visual artsSpainAnne Teresa De KeersmaekerAnne Teresa De Keersmaekerdancer and choreographerBelgiumAnna DeavereAnna Deaveretheatre artistUnited StatesAriel DorfmanAriel DorfmanauthorChile / United StatesMartin T:son EngstroemMartin T:son Engstroemcultural producer, musicSweden / SwitzerlandNuruddin FarahNuruddin Farahnovelist, playwright and translatorSomalia / South AfricaGian Arturo FerrariGian Arturo FerraripublisherItalyWilliam ForsytheWilliam ForsythechoreographerUnited States / GermanyLord Norman FosterLord Norman FosterarchitectUnited KingdomJane FriedmanJane FriedmanpublisherUnited StatesJonathan GalassiJonathan Galassipublisher, translator, poetUnited StatesFrank GehryFrank GehryarchitectCanada / United StatesAmitav GhoshAmitav Ghoshnovelist and essayistIndia / United StatesGilberto GilGilberto Gilsinger, composer and guitaristBrazilCharlie GillettCharlie Gillettradio broadcaster, author and music producer (1942-2010)United KingdomOsvaldo GolijovOsvaldo GolijovcomposerArgentina / United StatesPaul GottliebPaul Gottliebeditor and publisher (1935-2002)FranceMichael GovanMichael Govanmuseum director and curatorUnited StatesGary GraffmanGary Graffmanpianist and educatorUnited StatesCynthia GregoryCynthia Gregoryprima ballerinaUnited StatesJoseph GrimaJoseph Grimaeditor and curatorFrance / ItalyAgnes  GundAgnes Gundcollector and philanthropistUnited StatesCai Guo-QiangCai Guo-Qiangvisual artistChina / United StatesSir Peter HallSir Peter Halltheatre and opera directorUnited KingdomZakir Hussain Zakir Hussain musicianIndia / United StatesPico IyerPico IyerwriterUnited KingdomGeraldine JamesGeraldine Jamesfilm, television and stage actressUnited KingdomTahar Ben JellounTahar Ben Jellounnovelist, poet, essayistMorocco / FranceJoseph KalichsteinJoseph KalichsteinpianistUnited StatesAnish KapoorAnish Kapoorvisual artistIndia / United KingdomAlex KatzAlex Katzvisual artistUnited StatesMarthe KellerMarthe Kelleractress and opera directorSwitzerlandAngélique KidjoAngélique Kidjosinger and songwriterUnited StatesJirí KyliánJirí KyliánchoreographerCzech RepublicElizabeth LeCompteElizabeth LeComptetheatre directorUnited StatesReynold LevyReynold Levyphilanthropist and producerUnited StatesDaniel Libeskind Daniel Libeskind architectGermany / United StatesHarvey LichtensteinHarvey Lichtensteincultural producer, performing artsUnited StatesCho-Liang LinCho-Liang LinviolinistTaiwan / United StatesTom Luddy Tom Luddy film producer and film festival directorUnited StatesAmin MaaloufAmin Maaloufauthor and librettistLebanon / FranceSir Neville MarrinerSir Neville Marrinerconductor (1924-2016)United KingdomPeter Mayer Peter Mayer publisherUnited StatesFrances McDormandFrances McDormandactressUnited StatesSonny MehtaSonny Mehtapublisher India / United KingdomJoseph V.  MelilloJoseph V. Melillocultural producer and educatorUnited StatesAnthony MinghellaAnthony Minghellafilm director, producer and writer (1954-2008)United KingdomYoko MorishitaYoko Morishitaprima ballerina JapanMark MorrisMark Morrischoreographer United StatesElizabeth MurrayElizabeth Murraypainter (1940-2007)United StatesIvan NabokovIvan Nabokovpublisher FranceMira NairMira Nairfilm-maker India / United StatesShirin NeshatShirin Neshatvisual artistIranRyue NishizawaRyue NishizawaarchitectJapanClaude NobsClaude Nobsmusic festival director (1936-2013)SwitzerlandCees NooteboomCees Nooteboomnovelist and poet The NetherlandsJessye NormanJessye NormansopranoUnited StatesHans Ulrich ObristHans Ulrich ObristcuratorSwitzerland / United KingdomBen Okri Ben Okri poet and novelistUnited Kingdom / NigeriaMichael OndaatjeMichael Ondaatjenovelist and poet Sri Lanka / CanadaGabriel OrozcoGabriel Orozcovisual artist MexicoGiuseppe PenoneGiuseppe Penonevisual artist ItalyJulia Peyton-JonesJulia Peyton-Jonescurator United KingdomAidan QuinnAidan Quinnfilm, television and stage actor United StatesCharlotte Rampling Charlotte Rampling actressUnited Kingdom / FranceLynn RedgraveLynn Redgravefilm, television and stage actress (1943-2010)United KingdomEve RuggieriEve Ruggiericultural producer, music FranceEsa-Pekka Salonen Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor and composerFinland / United KingdomGustavo Santaolalla Gustavo Santaolalla musician and composerArgentina / United StatesCarlos SauraCarlos Saurawriter and film director SpainLuiz SchwarczLuiz Schwarczpublisher and writerBrazilPeter SellarsPeter Sellarstheatre and opera director United StatesSir Nicholas SerotaSir Nicholas Serotamuseum director and curator United KingdomFiona ShawFiona Shawactress United KingdomCindy Sherman Cindy Sherman visual artistUnited StatesValerie SoltiValerie Soltiauthor and philanthropist United StatesWole SoyinkaWole Soyinkaauthor NigeriaAlistair SpaldingAlistair Spaldingcultural producer, dance United KingdomThomas StruthThomas Struthphotographer GermanyHiroshi SugimotoHiroshi Sugimotophotographer JapanDo Ho Suh Do Ho Suh visual artistKorea / United KingdomJulie TaymorJulie Taymortheatre, film and opera director United StatesJennifer TiptonJennifer Tiptonlighting designer United StatesRokia TraoréRokia Traorésinger, songwriter and musicianMaliJosé van DamJosé van Dambass-baritone BelgiumRobert WilsonRobert Wilsontheatre artist United StatesGabriel YaredGabriel Yaredfilm composerLebanon / FranceLin ZhaohuaLin Zhaohuatheatre director China