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About the Mentorship

In partnership with TARNANTHI, this mentorship program provides a funded opportunity for an artist to work with a mentor for up to eight months, culminating in a presentation of new work as part of the TARNANTHI 2019 Festival. TARNANTHI presents the contemporary art of the oldest living culture on an unprecedented scale, in a national event held annually by the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists working in visual art, craft or design are invited to apply for this opportunity.

The selected artists will have approximately 11 months for the mentorship and the development of new work (October 2018 through to September 2019). The funded mentorship provides $5,000 funding between the mentor and mentee and the artist will have curatorial and project management support by the Guildhouse and TARNANTHI teams.

The program aims to enrich the artist’s professional and creative development through dedicated time spent with an aspirational mentor.

Artists are encouraged to think ambitiously, and are required to discuss the project with the Artistic Programs Manager or Coordinator before submitting. Call 8410 1822 or email to discuss your application with a member of the Programs team. Guildhouse can provide support to approach a mentor suited to your practice and desired mentorship outcomes.

CATAPULT + TARNANTHI Mentorship Program – working with a mentor to build the mentees practice and develop new work, to the budget of $5k

– development, production and presentation of new work. An additional budget will be developed in consultation with the artist for costs associated with the development of the work for presentation in TARNANTHI 2019.

Contact Artistic Programs Manager Debbie Pryor via 8410 1822  or

Application Criteria

  • A confirmed national or international mentor
  • Single page Project Proposal, outlining what you stand to gain and the key goals of the mentorship
  • Project & Budget Timeline (to the value of $5k, should outline payment for mentee and mentor, travel, accommodation and materials)
  • 200 word biography each, for mentor and mentee
  • Single page CV (mentee)
  • Images
  • One referee

Online Application
Please complete the online application form here. The form includes tips and explanations for each field. Should you have further questions please visit our reference material CATAPULT FAQ or call or email

Selection Process

The selection panel will be comprised of representatives from Guildhouse and TARNANTHI.


You will be notified early October 2018 whether or not your application is successful.

Mentorships must be completed by 1 June 2019
The CATAPULT + TARNANTHI program is generously supported by the Art Gallery of South Australia and Principal Partner BHP, Ian Potter Foundation and Country Arts SA and the Government of South Australia.