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Cultivate mentoring programme (2015-2018).


DASH has identified the need for a robust formal mentoring programme for emerging disabled visual artists across the West Midlands, to enable them access to opportunities and practical specialist support to develop their practice and to cultivate a visual arts ecology that is diverse and representative of the diversity of our society.


Cultivate is addressing this need through a three year mentoring programme for emerging Disabled visual artists based in the West Midlands.

Sixty disabled artists across the West Midlands will be able to access a total of 360 hours of specialised bespoke continued professional development mentoring time over this three-year programme (twenty mentees per year, with an average of 6 hours each), from a skilled group of mentors. 

We work closely with West Midlands Higher Education art and design departments to identify and recruit students who are eligible for the programme.

In addition, we will recruit mentees through our network of galleries across the region, the New Art West Midlands visual arts network, other disability networks, adverts, social media and our database to ensure Cultivate will reach right across the region.

Artists are also welcome to self-refer to the scheme.

The Cultivate programme runs from April 2015 to March 2018.

To allow enough time for mentees to benefit from their three sessions, new applications to the scheme will close at 5pm on Thursday 30th November 2017.

The application form is available to download below. Mentoring sessions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Cultivate is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Below, are links to videos by Cultivate mentors:

Cultivate mentor - Adrian Plant

Cultivate mentor - Angela Martin

Cultivate mentor - Anna Smith

Cultivate mentor - Ben Fredericks

Cultivate mentor - Craig Ashley

Cultivate mentor - Dave Prytherch

Cultivate mentor - Dean Melbourne

Cultivate mentor - Jacqueline Cooley

Cultivate mentor - Jane Ralls

Cultivate mentor - Mandy Fowler

Cultviate mentor - Pam Newall

Cultivate mentor - Tanya Raabe-Webber