The Catapult mentorship program provides creative professionals with essential funding and support to 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.
The Guildhouse Catapult program actively encourages participation from regional practitioners. Country Arts SA is a proud supporter of this initiative to increase the participation of regional South Australian artists and arts workers in career development.
With the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation and Guildhouse Creative Champions, we have provided over thirty-five mentorships to Guildhouse members. In partnership with The Art Gallery of South Australia we have awarded five First Nations artists mentorships through the Catapult + Tarnanthi program. In 2022, the mentorship model was extended to include the Catapult + Tarntanya mentorship program, delivered in partnershp with City of Adelaide seeing two First Nations artists awarded mentorships.
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.
‘This opportunity has had a significant impact on my career. During the particularly uncertain and tumultuous period of COVID-19, this mentorship has been an excellent anchor for my professional practice, and served as a great way to navigate my constantly changing career plans.’
‘This mentorship both grew my understanding of who it is that I am, as performer / person, while also giving me some knowledge of a specific approach to performance that I didn’t know a great deal about.’
The Catapult mentorship program offers multiple mentorships valued at $5,000 for South Australian artists, craftspeople and designers.
Dave Court and Soda Jerk
Edwina Cooper and Penelope Cain
Fiona Castle-Schmidt and Julia Robinson
Jingwei Bu and Lindy Lee
Kat Korossy and Kate Kurucz
Lyn Anstey and Sophie Hann
Eleanor Alice with William Mackinnon
Heather Kamarra Shearer with Sera Waters
Heather Kamarra Shearer, a respected Arrernte (regional) artist will be mentored by Dr. Sera Waters, renowned academic and textile artist, to learn new and advanced techniques in Embroidery.
Jonathan Kim with Taerim Claire Jeon
Kate Kurucz with Tess Martin
Michael Carney with Mark Valenzuela
Naomi Hunter with Michelle Kelly
Oakey with Catherine Truman
Anna Gore with Aldo Iacobelli
Carly Snoswell with Tarryn Gill
Kristal Matthews with Cedric Varcoe
Ngunawal woman and regional artist Kristal Matthews will be working with Ngarrindjeri and Narangga artist and experienced muralist Cedric Varcoe to develop her skills in creating large-scale public art.
Cynthia Schwertsik with Joshua Sofaer
Dan Withey with Richard Lewer
Kirsten Johnston with Margaret Worth
Matea Gluscevic with Eugenia Neave
Elyas Alavi with Khaled Sabsabi
Georgia Button with Nicholas Folland
Emerging multidisciplinary artist Georgia Button will be working with Adelaide-based artist and educator Nicholas Folland to develop a road map for the next 5 years of her artistic career, pinpointing opportunities that will enable her to fulfil immediate, mid-term and long-term goals as a professional visual artist.
Gus Clutterbuck with Mark Valenzuela
James Howe with Gray Hawk
Karen Carr with Rosii Pedler
Matthew Moore with Mary-Jean Richardson
Monte Masi with Hew Parham
Sarra Tzijan with Christian Hall
Sam Gold with Jane Robertson and David Pedler
Fruzsi Kenez with Gerry Wedd
Tony Wilson with Thomas Readett
Chris De Rosa with Trent Walter
Building on her existing practice of printmaking in the expanded field, Chris De Rosa worked with mentor Trent Walker (Negative Press studio) to develop both technical and conceptual skills while investigating the art of the artist book.
Kristel Britcher with Katharine Coleman
Scottish glass artist Katharine Coleman will work with mentee Kristel Britcher at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, developing and refining skills in the lesser known technique of copper wheel engraving, cementing Britcher’s own skills as one of the few artists in Australia utilizing the technique within contemporary landscape.
Brooke Walker with Tyrone 'Rone' Wright
Expanding her environmentalist realist painting arts practice, Brooke Walker visited Melbourne to learn under mentor and established street artist ‘Rone’. Through experience in scaling up, new materials and project management Brooke was trained in best practice to take her works exploring human and animal relationships to new audiences and enrich public spaces.
Dr Maarten Daudeij with Dr Gavin Malone and Karl Winda Telfer
Through conversation and time spent on Lot 50-Kanyanyapilla, Dr Maarten Daudeij informed his writing and community practice around the rights and responsibilities of artists working on unceded land, with leading thinkers and activists Dr Gavin Malone and Karl Winda Telfer.
Leonie Westbrook with Catherine Truman
Broadening her practice to encompass more experimental forms and modes of making, jeweler Leonie with mentor Catherine Truman not only extended her practice but examined the ergonomic aspects of her practice for a sustainable career.
Regine Schwarzer with Barbara Ryman
With internationally recognized NSW based enameller Barbara Ryman, jeweler Regine Schwarzer revisited her skills in traditional and Japanese enameling techniques, expanding her practice and allowing conceptual and technical growth.
Rita Kellaway with Lisa Cahill
Emerging kiln formed glass artist Rita Kellaway will work with internationally recognized glass artist Lisa Cahill to develop her business strategies, further technical skills and build a strong and supportive national network.
Tom Borgas with Jason Waterhouse
Extending the material and technical diversity of this sculptural work, Tom developed his gallery networks and art in public spaces strategies with experienced artist and gallerist Jason Waterhouse.
James Dodd with Cameron Robbins
Working with an established artist with whom he has a shared set of ideas, James Dodd was mentored by Cameron Robbins, sharing industry and technical knowledge pertinent to the specific ways of making and presenting within their field.
Christopher Williams with Johannes Sistermanns
Internationally renowned (and based) artist Johannes Sistermanns spent dedicated time with Christopher Williams in his personal studio to develop an understanding of the technical application of transducer technology in sound sculpture. Through critical exchange and sharing listening sessions Williams built on his already strong knowledge and experience within his field of sound art to develop compositional approaches to the design of sound environments and soundscape installation.
Bridget Currie with Tamara Hardman
Tamara Hardman brought her extensive experience and acclaim from the film industry to Bridget Currie, allowing Currie to capture and add to her sculpture and performance heavy practice through moving image.
Kaspar Schmidt Mumm with Darren O'Donnell
Expanding his experience in social arts practice, Kaspar Schmidt Mumm travelled to Canada to work with Darren O’Donell the Artistic Director of experimental art company Mammalian Diving Reflex. Schmidt Mumm developed his street performance, social data gathering and audience controlled narrative by learning from Mammalian’s inner workings.
Jane Skeer with Richard Lewer
While addressing the methods and methodologies within her art practice, Jane Skeer worked with Melbourne artist Richard Lewer to push personal boundaries to undertake large scale community projects and navigate the national art industry with clarity and guidance.
Brianna Speight with Mish Grigor
Mentee Brianna Speight unpacked connections between performance and photography with Melbourne based experimental performance artist Mish Grigor. Speight and Grigor connected through conceptual and methodological cross-overs such as humour, critical theory and gender, to consolidate and strengthen Speights conceptual path.
Gail Hocking with Sasha Grbich
Working with acclaimed sound artist Sasha Grbich, Hocking undertook a deeper exploration into the body, materiality and nature interconnections already evident within Hockings work – with a particular focus on sound recording, editing and video documentation in a site – specific environment.
Lara Tilbrook with Sera Waters
Engaging with writer and maker Sera Waters, Lara Tilbrook will expand and evolve the purpose of her practice with a self-assured definition. With parallels between the artists themesof environmental preservation, cultural values and historical sentiment of adornments and objects Tilbrook will be guided by an understanding hand.
Lesa Farrant with Irianna Kanellopoulou
Working with Melbourne based master mould maker, ceramic artist Lesa Farrant learnt the complex skill of 2, 3 and piece mould making. This greatly expanded the breadth of Farrant’s object making and in turn, her narrative.
Cindy Durant with Regine Schwarzer
Regine Schwarzer is a highly trained silver and goldsmith who informed Cindy Durant’s understanding of specific jewellery making processes, shaping the remotely located artists practice towards an expanded sustainable practice.
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 Tarnanthi festival. Tarnanthi presents the contemporary art of the oldest living culture on an unprecedented scale, in a national event held annually by AGSA.
Catapult + Tarnanthi 2023
Elizabeth Close with Karla Dickens
Contemporary visual artist Elizabeth Close is a Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara woman from the APY Lands in Central Australia She will be working with multidisciplinary Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens to create new work pushing boundaries and challenging perspectives.
Catapult + Tarnanthi 2020
Anna Dowling with Deborah Kelly
Emerging artist Anna Dowling is a descendant of the Badimia people of the Yamatji region in Western Australia. She will be working with Sydney-based established artist Deborah Kelly to develop a series of political works that explore the impact of genetics and DNA testing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Christina Gollan with Kirsten Coelho
Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri artist Christina Gollan will be working with renowned ceramicist Kirsten Coelho (SA) to hone her skills in a dedicated ceramics studio. She aims to develop her use of colour and expand her practice to include large works and sculpture.
Catapult + Tarnanthi 2019
Sandra Saunders with Jess Wallace
Wangary-based Ngarrindjeri painter and activist Sandra Saunders worked with mentor film maker, writer and painter Dr Jess Wallace to further develop her painting practice. The artists travelled from the Gove Peninsula to Eyre Peninsula in order to extend Sandra’s technical skills, while also chronicling Sandra’s development and activism in a documentary that will accompany the exhibition pieces.
Damien Shen with Glenn Iseger-Pilkington
Adelaide-based Ngarrindjeri painter and illustrator Damien Shen travelled with mentor Glenn Iseger-Pilkington to Canberra and Sydney to research representations of indigenous identity and power in national collections. Through critical discourse with curators, artists and his mentor, Damien developed a new body of work relating directly to his Aboriginal and Chinese heritage and his young children.
Catapult + Tarntanya
This mentorship program, delivered in partnership with City of Adelaide, provides funded opportunities for two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to work with mentors to develop their technical capabilities in public art, as well as their project management, stakeholder, and communication skills.
Catapult + Tarntanya 2022
Shane Cook with Reko Rennie
Shane Cook, a proud Wulli Wulli and Guwa descendant from Queensland, has connected with established interdisciplinary artist Reko Rennie as his mentor.
Sonya Rankine with Helen Fuller
Sonya Rankine, a Ngarrinndjeri, Ngadjuri, Narungga & Wirangu artist and established weaver connected with Helen Fuller whose established ceramics practice of over 30 years, continues to show nationally and internationally.
Image: Shirley Jianzhen Wu, Infusion (detail), 2022, Flameworked borosilicate glass, Eucalyptus cneorifolia essential oil, sola wood (Aeschynomene aspera), teak, cotton thread, reed and silicone. Photo by Michael Haines. Guildhouse is thrilled to announce the 15...
Image: 2022 Catapult mentee Oakey (right) with mentor Catherine Truman. Photograph Lana Adams.We are thrilled to continue to offer the Catapult mentorship program, with multiple mentorships available at $5,000 for South Australian artists, craftspeople and designers....
Image: Elizabeth Close, Take Nothing; Leave Nothing, installation view, Yungondi UniSA Business, 2022. Photograph Lana Adams. The Catapult + Tarnanthi 2023 mentorship saw Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara artist Elizabeth Close undertake mentorship opportunity to...
Images (L-R): 2019 Catapult mentee Leonie Westbrook (right) with mentor Catherine Truman. Photograph Rosina Possingham; Mentor Christan Hall with mentee Sarra Tzijan, photograph Sia Duff; Shirley Jianzhen Wu, Infusion (detail), 2022, Flameworked borosilicate glass, Eucalyptus cneorifolia essential oil, sola wood (Aeschynomene aspera), teak, cotton thread, reed and silicone. Photo by Michael Haines; Eleanor Zecchin, New yard, old memories, 2016. Image courtesy the artist; Matea Gluscevic. Image courtesy the artist; Elyas Alavi, Naan Bread (detail), video installation still, 2017. Photograph Grant Hancock; Chris DeRosa, Seaflora Etchings, 2018. Image courtesy the artist; Bridget Currie, work in progress, 2018. Image courtesy the artist; Tarnanthi 2021, Christina Gollan ceramic installation, Art Gallery of South Australia, Catapult mentorship program. Photograph Saul Steed; Sandra Saunders, install at the Art Gallery of South Australia for Tarnanthi 2019. Photograph Saul Steed.