Over the past two decades The Moth House has dedicated a great deal of its resources to artist-led schemes, which have benefited a wide array of talent.
We have also aimed to deepen the quality of cultural provision in the UK by giving a voice to individuals who have too often been overlooked. Through a comprehensive outreach program with our gallery and museum partners, we have sought to mobilise vulnerable and underprivileged groups such as suicide bereavement and mental health support groups, ex-offenders and their families, individuals on the Autism spectrum, etc.
In 2020, with support from the Arts Council England, we launched our Artistic Practice Support Scheme, an initiative whose sole objective is the provision of career advice and portfolio feedback for emerging artists.
As part of our commitment to supporting the professional development of UK photography, we are funding established, mid-career UK artists and other industry professional such as academics, curators, publishers, etc. to hold free advice sessions with emerging visual practitioners.
Especially allocated mentors look at artist’s portfolios and projects and provide invaluable information to help them deal with the creative and financial rigours of their practice. This may include providing project specific and research advice, feedback on university and funding applications, career and marketplace contacts, etc.
If you’re interested in being mentored or in mentoring artists, please apply using the appropriate links below.
The positive impact of this program on artists cannot be overstated. It provides them inspiration, focus, a source of ambition and aspiration, access to professional artists, new approaches, skills, contacts, energy and momentum.
The Artistic Practice Support Scheme has been an invaluable experience and one I would recommend to anyone completing a body of work. In the few months since my session I have had success in disseminating the project through exhibition, in print and have been a finalist for an award. I have also made many valuable contacts whilst following up on suggestions from the session.
I have had the chance to participate in various online reviews globally. The Moth House’s platform exhibits a mastery of skill, process and service delivery for its candidates. By adopting a three-phase format: pre-interview, interview and post-interview, they create a significant impact for their learners. This is certainly due to the high quality of their mentors, but also the process.
It was genuinely one of the most inspiring and brilliant mentoring sessions I have ever had. The mentor’s enthusiasm was great, and he spoke really clearly about what would help to move my career forward. And the notes were amazing, its not often you get sent notes after a mentoring session. I have so much to be getting on with now and I feel a lot clearer on my path since my session.
Given The Moth House’s extensive experience and knowledge of the arts & culture sector, my mentorship session with Edgar Martins was particularly informative and important to my career, allowing me to pursue new lines of thought and practice. It also allowed me to get acquainted with funding and publishing opportunities for my work.
The experience and feedback of the Artistic Practice Support Scheme mentor was fundamental to rethink the photo proposal that I was working on. Since editing is the most sensitive moment to build a strong and coherent narrative, having the support of someone with sensibility and knowledge was fundamental to progress me work.
I’ve admired Edgar’s photographic work for some time so to have a one to one conversation with him was invaluable. The session was tailored to my work. I was given helpful insights into how my projects & how to improve them. Edgar was really positive and encouraging. He also gave me some tips on overall career progression. Any early stage career photographer would benefit from a session like this.
My mentoring session was invaluable, both in terms of developing concepts for my current works and understanding how to progress with a career in photography after my studies. I was given new perspectives on my work, visual references, information on grants, funding, publishers, agencies and much more and now feel I have a clear path for how tackle photographic life post uni.
Edgar Martins is a visual artist & the co-founder of The Moth House. His work is represented in the collections of numerous high profile museums. He has published over 16 books which were met with critical acclaim and exhibited internationally. He was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.
Erik Vroons is Editor-at-large for GUP, a platform for creative contemporary photography, and Chief editor for the print edition of GUP Magazine. In recent years, he also curated group shows at festivals and galleries around the world. He is also a contributor to several print magazines and online blogs.
Holly Roussell is a curator, museologist, and researcher specialising in photography and contemporary art from East Asia. Roussell is currently Curator at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, China. She has worked and collaboration with numerous institutions in Europe and abroad.
Karen McQuaid is Curator at The Photographer’s Gallery since 2009. She co-curated Geraldo de Barros ‘What Remains’ (2013) with the Musée d’Elysée, Lausanne, and has also facilitated a number of artist projects. She regularly writes for international art publications and institutions, and guest lectures across the UK.
Lisa Barnard is Programme leader on the online MA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. Her practice is research-based and focuses on cultural and current political events. She has a number of books published, including The Canary and the Hammer (2019 MACK).
Louise is the Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art, film and new technologies and the Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, which she co-founded in 2004. As an independent curator she has initiated commissions, publications and exhibitions of art, film, and photography.
Mark Durden is Professor of Photography and Director of the European Centre for Documentary Research at the University of South Wales. He has published extensively on photography and contemporary art and since 1997 has worked as part of the artists’ group Common Culture.
Mirjam is an art historian and curator at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam. In 2017 she also initiated a series of collaborations with photography platforms in Mexico, Nigeria and Indonesia in Foam’s project space Foam 3h, in order to create an exchange of cultural knowledge on photography discourses worldwide.
Nicola works as a producer, curator, mentor and consultant, specialising in photography, and is co-founder of GRAIN Projects. She has a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art and professional development.
Rocco Venezia is an Italian visual artist and curator working mainly with photography. His early project Nekyia has been published by Witty Books.In addition to his own practice, Venezia has worked as a curator for PHmuseum since 2017 and in 2020, he co-founded the PHmuseum Lab, a photographic hub based in Bologna.
Zelda Cheatle is a curator and consultant whose career has spanned gallerist, publisher, lecturer and mentor. She is on the Board of Peckham 24, Co chair of the Criteria of Merit Panel for Hundred Heroines and on the Council of the National Gallery of Ireland.