We are thrilled to offer the third round of the Catapult mentorship program, with multiple mentorships available at $10,000 and $5,000 for South Australian artists, craftspeople and designers. Generously funded by visionary philanthropic organisation, The Ian Potter Foundation.

2020 Catapult applications are now open, closing June 30 at midnight.

Building on 2018 and 2019’s successful Catapult programs, this current round continues a focus on applications that will provide a long lasting impact on the career of the recipient. The previous Catapult cohort presented a diverse mix of artists and outcomes, all with an ambitious drive to build on existing skills and extend the development and professionalism of their practice.

These goals were realised through strong connections between the mentee and mentor and thorough ambitious yet achievable action plans, and we look forward to facilitating as meaningful experiences in 2020.

‘Because of Catapult and the mentorship with Catherine Truman I have  a growing feeling of reassurance about the strength, continuity, and solid foundation already existing in my practice, and have renewed focus and energy and am developing new ways of creating for future projects, but with a strong feeling of connection and much greater appreciation of what already exists in my practice.’
Leonie Westbrook, CATAPULT 2019

2020 Catapult applications are now open, closing June 30, midnight.
Please note: Applicants will receive an email confirming the submission of their application – if this notification is not received the application has not submitted correctly.

Once you have submitted the form changes cannot be made to an application.

Application Checklist

  • An active Guildhouse financial membership
  • A confirmed national or international mentor
  • Single page project proposal, outlining what you stand to gain and the key goals of the mentorship
  • Project timeline
  • Budget
  • 200 word biography each, for mentor and mentee
  • Single page CV, for the mentee
  • One referee

Please note: This opportunity is not available to undergraduate students, studying at the time of application or during the project.

Applicants must be financial Guildhouse members, residing in South Australia.

Visit our Artist Toolkit page for guidance in writing your application. You will find a toolkit specific to developing a mentorship proposal, as well as toolkits around how write a budget, an artist statement and a CV.


Applicants will be notified on or before mid July 2020 as to the success of an application.

Mentorships must be completed by 1 June 2021.

Project Reporting

The mentor and the mentee will provide Guildhouse with a progress report half way through the project, and again at the end of the project with a final report. Reporting documents will include an overview of activities, key goal indicators achieved, documentation of the project and receipts/invoices.


We may engage a photographer or filmmaker to document the project outcomes, and your participation in this process is a condition in undertaking this opportunity. You are also required to submit visual documentation you undertake yourselves to record your mentorship experience. We collect information from the program to attract potential project partners for reporting requirements and for use on social media.

Judging Panel

The panel will include a Guildhouse representative, and two esteemed members of the South Australian arts industry.


The Catapult project also includes an important research study in partnership with the University of South Australia, to examine the impact of mentorships on artistic careers over time.

This year we work once again with Country Arts SA to ensure that representation amongst regional artists is present, and with the University of South Australia to conduct meaningful research into long term impact upon both mentee and mentor.

Further Information 

Please complete the online application form above. The form includes tips and explanations for each field. Should you have further questions please visit the FAQs below.

One-on-One Appointments

It is acknowledged that the aims and outcomes of a mentorship differ from a grant application and it is therefore advised that applicants make contact with Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor on debbie.pryor@guildhouse.org.au or 8410 1822 to discuss a submission.

Face-to-face meetings are available via screen on the following days:

Thursday 7 May
10 am – 12 pm

Wednesday 13 May
3 pm – 5 pm

Monday 18 May
11 am – 1 pm

Tuesday 26 May
1 pm – 3 pm

Tuesday 9 June
11 am – 1 pm

Tuesday 23 June
11 am – 1 pm