Creative Champions

Championing Artistic Ambition

Images: Courtesy Sia Duff, Sam Roberts and Lana Adams.

The Guildhouse Creative Champions provide essential support for our game-changing Catapult Mentorship Program. Join other individuals and businesses who are prepared to throw their support behind artists and ambitious arts practice.

One of the most powerful ways artists refine their practice is through mentorships. For those of you in the corporate sector, this is not a foreign concept. Mentors teach, they steward and guide, advocate and advise. The challenge is – without funded opportunities neither the artist mentee or their mentor can afford to take time away from their work to dedicate to meaningful professional development.

Every donation made to this program goes directly into the costs of running Guildhouse’s Catapult mentorship program. Donations from Creative Champions provide vital funding of $5,000 to each mentoring partnership to facilitate career development. 

This opportunity is literally opening up the world to South Australian artists, providing opportunities to extend their networks all over Australia, Europe and the USA.

Our Creative Champions initiative calls for passionate leaders in South Australia to support ambitious artistic mentorships annually for our best visual artists and craftspeople. Guildhouse Creative Champions are welcome to contribute $1,000 up to $5,000 for a mentorship.

Your donation is 100% tax deductible. 

For Catapult 2023, we had 39 applicants, which is the record so far, and we are currently able to award seven mentorships this year, two of which are regional artists, thanks to our individual Creative Champion donors:
The Hon Diana Laidlaw AM
Carolyn Mitchell
Emma Fey
Alexi Fey
Danielle Hoban
Chris Schacht
Jaimie Halliday Bird
Judith Sellick
Josephine Evans
Nat Campbell
Will Fuller
Olivia Fuller
Talia Begley
Rosie Batt
Libby Bowen
Don Manifold
Rachael Manifold
Carolyn Hewson AO
Diana Jaquillard

As a Creative Champion, we invite you into this incredible world of artistic expression and talent. As a Champion you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the artists involved in our Catapult program, attend intimate behind the scenes events, and experience their success as their careers grow.  Your pledge will unlock a world of opportunity for every artist you support.

To find out more about the Guildhouse Creative Champions please contact:
Merinda Edwards PhD – Marketing & Development Manager on (08) 8410 1822 or merinda.edwards

I have gained a greater sense of purpose and clarity in my practice, and in turn in life. I have gained more confidence in my skills and abilities. I’ve become more efficient in my making and have a much better understanding of what running a successful business from a creative practice looks like.

This opportunity has been pivotal at this stage in my professional career.

Sarra Tzijan

Guildhouse Catapult Mentorship recipient

My expectations of criticality, creativity, and engagement for Sarra’s project and future as an artist have refreshed my own self-reflective process; sharpened my vision and led to a renewed excitement for my own work.

The opportunity to share knowledge and skills, Sarra’s engagement in my practice, has lent a sense of relevance to my own experience and practice.

Christian Hall

Guildhouse Catapult Mentorship mentor