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Mentoring Opportunity for Artists, Leith Hill Place - Surrey

  • South East
  • crafts, combined arts, visual arts
  • Julie Hoyle


Mary Branson, Penny Green and Julie Hoyle are professional artists in ceramics, installation and print preparing for an Arts Council funded research and residency, culminating in a contemporary art exhibition at Leith Hill Place as part of the National Trusts’ exploratory plan for repurposing the house. The Leith Hill estate was given to the Trust by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams who lived there as a child. The house also has strong connections to the Wedgwood family who lived there and Charles Darwin a frequent visitor and is in beautiful settings with 420 acres of land including the Rhododendron Wood and a walled garden.

During the residency, the artists are offering mentoring to two students, post graduates or new artists, 1 day a week (with flexibility) for 15 weeks starting by the end of March.

The artists have plenty of shared experience including:

  • Exhibitions and previous residencies. Work is held in collections at Westminster, V & A and several museums nationally.
  • They all have first class degrees and received Master degrees at the Slade, Camberwell and Kingston University.
  • They have experience and success with writing proposals and applying for grants.
  • They have project management and studio management experience and skills
  • They have experience with tutoring and mentoring artists of all abilities.
  • They have a broad range of networks and professional partnerships
  • And they are very enthusiastic, approachable and friendly

Diaries will be organised for various activities and learning experience. For further information, please contact Julie as soon as possible

Please note that candidates will need transport, travel expenses paid up to £30 per session.

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