Image: Simone Tippett and Lauren Simeoni at Union St Printmakers, 2016. Photograph: Aise Dillon

Guildhouse launches new research on the impact of mentorships on creative careers.

Professor Susan Luckman of the University of South Australia has been leading a longitudinal research study examining the impact of mentorships in the ongoing development of creative careers.

The study titled Mentor Mentee: A creative relationship offers initial findings from a three-year project undertaking research-informed evaluation of Guildhouse mentorship programs over the past decade. The report seeks to fill the gap in published research and to document the value of mentorships to provide artists to share their experiences to shape the best artist-led learning going forward.

Rich interviews with participating artists illustrate how mentorships have expanded capabilities, embedded meaning and provided connection within professional practice. Mentees and mentors shared openly, and at times anonymously, of their mentorship experience, revealing barriers and pathways encountered as they traverse through the stages of emerging, mid-career and established practice.