<b>Rolex announces four new mentorships in architecture, music, dance and literature and changes in the Arts Initiative’s timing and funding.</b>
Four renowned artists − Sir David Adjaye (architecture), Zakir Hussain (music), Crystal Pite (dance) and Colm Tóibín (literature) will be the mentors for 2018 - 2019 in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. The
company also announced a new programme schedule that will allow more time for the mentorships along with increased funding.
The names of the new mentors and their protégés were announced on 5 February at a public ceremony in Berlin celebrating the completion of the 2016 - 2017 mentoring year, the 15th anniversary of the programme.
Leading arts figures from Germany and around the world joined the new and past Rolex mentors and protégés at the gala event.
From this year, the Rolex Arts Initiative mentorships will address disciplines in alternating periods. In 2018 - 2019, mentorships will take place in architecture, dance, literature and music. The change will give each
mentoring pair up to two years of collaboration, doubling the 12 months of the original model used from 2002 to 2017.
The first pairs to benefit from this extended mentorship are:
<b>ARCHITECTURE</b>: British architect of Ghanaian origins, <b>Sir David Adjaye</b> – renowned for major commissions worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History
and Culture, in Washington DC – has chosen as his protégée <b>Mariam Kamara</b>, 38, who is dedicated to designing spaces and structures that respond to the needs of people in her homeland, Niger, and all of Africa.
<b>DANCE</b>: Canadian choreographer <b>Crystal Pite</b>, famed for her passion to communicate ideas, emotions and stories, and her strong theatrical sensibility, has chosen as her protégée <b>Khoudia Touré</b>,
31, from Senegal, a pioneer in urban street dance. Touré has helped enrich African dance through her work as a dancer and choreographer with her hip-hop dance-based company.
<b>LITERATURE</b>: New York-based writer, essayist and journalist <b>Colm Tóibín</b> has depicted his native Ireland and the experience of exile in his much-acclaimed novels; he will mentor <b>Colin Barrett</b>,
35, also from Ireland, whose first collection of short stories, <em>Young Skins</em>, received three major prizes in 2014 in the UK and Ireland.
<b>MUSIC</b>: Indian musician <b>Zakir Hussain</b> – widely viewed as the world’s greatest tabla player, this composer, actor and producer will mentor <b>Marcus Gilmore</b>, 31, a New York jazz musician
and startlingly innovative young drummer.
In 2020 - 2021 the programme will address film, theatre, visual arts and a variable eighth mentorship. In this expansion of the programme, the variable mentorship will take place in other fields of the arts; it will be
announced in 2020.
“We have moved to this schedule as a natural evolution of the programme based on 15 years of experience and extensive conversations with the participating artists,” said Rebecca Irvin, Head of Philanthropy at Rolex. “The change enables
us to provide greater flexibility for the mentor-protégé pairs in planning their work together and will help accommodate collaborations in fields where works need longer periods to develop.”
In other changes, funding has been substantially increased to 40,000 Swiss francs for protégés with mentors receiving an honorarium of 100,000 Swiss francs. A further 30,000 Swiss francs is also available to protégées after the mentoring
period has finished to support the creation of new work.
Irvin thanked all the new mentors for generously agreeing to take part in the programme and congratulated the protégés. “We welcome the four new mentors and their protégés to the worldwide creative community of the Rolex Arts Initiative.
We at Rolex believe that the extended mentoring time of up to two years will result in partnerships that are even more productive than those of the past 15 years.”
The new mentors and protégés were announced at the gala ceremony celebrating the end of the 2016 - 2017 Rolex Arts Initiative at the iconic Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Berlin State Opera, where highlights of the
mentor-protégé exchange of the 2016 - 2017 cycle were brought to life in special presentations and films.