Image: Bridget Currie, Work in progress (detail), 2019. Photograph: courtesy the artist.

CATAPULT and CATAPULT + Tarnanthi provides creative professionals with essential funding and support to further develop their artistic practice through a meaningful mentorship.

The projects of Catapult recipients show ambition, drive and dedication. Mentees engage with mentors from around the country to develop skills, realise projects and allow time to learn more about their practice.

With the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation Guildhouse has provided 18 mentorships to Guildhouse members (9 in 2018 and 9 in 2019) and in partnership with AGSA awarded 2 First Nations artists mentorships through Catapult + Tarnanthi.

Catapult is bolstered by an important research study in partnership with the University of South Australia to examine the impact of mentorships on artistic careers over time.

Catapult and Catapult + Tarnanthi are opportunities open to South Australian Guildhouse members.



The Catapult mentorship program offers multiple mentorships available at $5,000 and one at $10,000 for South Australian artists, craftspeople and designers.

Select a year below to view current and past recipients.

CATAPULT + Tarnanthi

This mentorship program provides funded opportunities
for artists to work with mentors, culminating in the presentation of new work as part of the city-wide festival for Tarnanthi. 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.

Select a year below to view current and past recipients.

Image: Brianna Speight, Soft Assemblies (cyclical), (detail), 2017

CATAPULT 2020 Call Out

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...

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Spotlight: Brooke Walker on CATAPULT

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Spotlight: Tom Borgas on CATAPULT

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CATAPULT + Tarnanthi 2020 Call Out

Guildhouse is thrilled to launch the second round of career development mentorship program for South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, craftspeople and designers. In partnership with Tarnanthi, CATAPULT + Tarnanthi provides a funded opportunity...

At this stage I have already acquired a great deal of skills and knowledge in mould making enriching my practice. The opportunity to work alongside such a generous mentor with such a high level of skill and expertise for her craft has been incredibly valuable. Without this opportunity to work with Irianna in her studio I would not have had access to such valued information.

Lesa Farrant

CATAPULT Mentee, 2018.

The Foundation is pleased take a partnership approach in again supporting this excellent arts organisation to build the next iteration of a proven model. Catapult’s multi-disciplinary approach to providing independent artists with individualised professional development aligns well with the Foundation’s Arts Program objectives.

Mr Charles Goode

Chairman, Ian Potter Foundation.


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