Metal New Artist Mentoring Programme

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As part of our Metal New Artist Network – we’re excited to release (x 12) 1:1 mentoring opportunities with six brilliant and experienced artists, Hector Dyer, Hwa Young Jung, Kate Genever, Rachael House, Jo Melville and Warren Harper.

You can find out more about the Metal New Artist Network here


What is Mentorship? 

​​The purpose of a mentorship is to be given guidance by an individual to help you achieve personal or career goals. It is a supportive and encouraging relationship where a mentor is able to pass on knowledge they’ve learned to another individual and in this case share creative thought. Mentoring can be a way to get feedback on ideas, you may discuss how you might develop your artistic career, ask questions, or it could just be a place to source advice that supports your professional development. Mentors might challenge you to think differently or suggest areas of research. It may be that a mentor assists you with creating a plan.

There is no set path to an artistic career but learning what others have done could provide you with some inspiration in the choices you make.


Who can apply?

This mentoring programme is an opportunity for early career artists* by which we mean:

  • those who are aged 18+ in their 1st to 4th year of creative practice, post-student status (if applicable)
  • those who left school and did not enter Higher Education but still keep up a regular creative practice
  • those who have recently graduated in the past three years
  • those who have entered the arts later in life after pursuing a different occupation and are within the first four years of this.

*This is not an exhaustive list. Metal welcomes artists from all disciplines; theatre, visual art, film, music, writing or a mixture of some or all. Metal are particularly interested in supporting artists from diverse backgrounds, with unique personal perspectives to offer. If you’re unsure whether you fall into the early career category please get in touch with the site most local to you.

To apply, you must be signed up to Metal New Artist Network, which you can find out more about here.

This opportunity will be open to artists of all backgrounds, art forms and ages.


How will it work?

We work with artists working in all artistic disciplines. Given the on-going uncertainties and restrictions we are offering the mentoring programme to take place remotely, artists will meet with their mentors from home or in their own studio via Zoom. You will need access to a stable internet connection to take part.

You will be assigned a mentor and be given a minimum of 4 hour-long sessions with them. You will communicate directly with your mentor about when these sessions happen so it can fit around other commitments you both will have. You will also be given access to the Metal team in order to connect you with any other opportunities or support. You can specify a preference for your selected mentor in the application form but please note that we cannot guarantee that you will get this choice.

  • Each successful mentee will have up to X 4 1:1 mentoring sessions with their assigned mentor between December 2021 until June 2022
  • The sessions will happen remotely (online using zoom)
  • £200 bursary


How to apply? 

Before you work on your application, think about why this support is important to you at this time and in the development of your practice/idea. Our selection will focus on those artists who we feel there is a genuine rationale for working with a mentor and whether they are a good match with the artist mentors we are working with. Your statement about work can include details on the examples of work you will provide.

In the application form we ask you to share with us (please note: We welcome video or audio files as an alternative to filling out the written application form):

  • How you will use this opportunity; how it will develop your practice; and what relevant help you think we can provide (300-500 words)
  • Statement about your work, with links to your social media or previous work (300-500 words) We will use this to match you to the best suited mentor.
  • A short paragraph on a famous artwork you wish you would have made (up to 100 words). See the answers from our Mentors below.
  • Your CV (optional)
  • Your preference for which artist mentor, this can be left blank if you’re not sure. NB: We can’t guarantee you will get this choice.
  • Up to 5 examples of recent work (images, text, audio or film clips up 1MB max. file size. If your files are over 5MB please use WeTransfer)

If you choose video or audio files as an alternative to filling out the written application form, please answer the above questions, structured in the same way you would on a written form, allowing 3-5 minutes each and provide up to 5 examples of your work by email to If you have any questions or another way you would like to suggest to make this process accessible to you, please get in touch with your local site administrator – contacts below.

To apply fill in this application form here.

If you’re unsure how to fill it in or have any questions specifically about the mentorship programme, please email


Deadline: Monday 15 November 5pm


Our MNAN Mentors: 

All of our mentors are from different art disciplines (visual arts, illustration, live art/performance, curation etc) and have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Via the application we ask that you select the artist/s that you think would best suit your needs, the artists will also be involved in the selection process to assure you are a good match for each other.


Hector Dyer

Hector started out doing street performances in Bristol to create unexpected moments in public spaces. These developed into larger outdoor processions with music and big DIY costumes.

They now work across performance, writing, weaving and textiles. They are interested in the body, natural healing, trance/channelling, energy sites and technological spirits.

Hector’s practice is self-taught and their work does not try to be immaculate or neat – they don’t try to hide the mistakes or guesses.

Participation is key to their work and they look to work with young people on ideas around ecology and the future.

Hector collaborates with Triptych, a London-based collective who work on the principle that humans, nature and technology must coexist to create a better future. They are also a member of Design Yourself Collective who explore what it means to be human when technology is changing everything. Hector is teaching themselves to code and wants to use this in upcoming art projects.

The work I wish I had made

‘The Modern Procession by Francis Alys. In 2012, the Museum of Modern Art in New York was changing location.

To mark this moment, Frances Alys organised a huge procession where over 100 people marched from the old museum to the new site, carrying replicas of famous works. They even carried a living artist on a chair – Kiki Smith.

There was a samba band, and flowers were dropped along the roads they walked. It took 3 hours and many onlookers randomly joined in. 

I love this work because it made something which could have been secretive a really open public celebration. I also love work which doesn’t need too much explanation and people can come across it unexpectedly.’

Hwa Young Jung

Hwa Young is a socially engaged artist who works with people to co-create projects, often with a focus on using games and play to explore social issues, creating a common ground for diverse disciplines and divergent communities to come together and make something new. She works in public spaces, using familiar ‘found formats’ (boardgame, card game, calendar, tea towel, improv night) to encapsulate the work created with collaborators.

She is ⅓ of Domestic Science, a collective of artists exploring narratives around science and data that surrounds us everyday.

She is ¼ of Re-Dock, an artist collective working with people and technology based in Liverpool & Manchester.

She has worked with Universities (Lancaster, LJMU, MMU) and cultural institutions (FACT Liverpool, Metal, International Slavery Museum, National Trust) to create a mixing ground for diverse disciplines and divergent communities to come together and make something new.

She received her MA from Ravensbourne College in Interactive Digital Media in 2005, worked for design agency Amoeba in Seoul, Korea for three years before that, and got a BFA from Parsons School of Design, NY in Communication Design in 2000.

What is one piece of work you wish you had made?

‘I wish I was doing Ear Hustle with Nigel and Earlonne. This podcast from San Quentin State Prison, San Francisco is in it’s 7th season, and keeps getting better.’

Jo Melville

Josephine has had an extremely varied career starting out as a dancer and making her transition to actress writer, director and producer working in the business for over 40 years.

Among her extensive theatre and TV credits Many British Pantomimes from Dick Whittington to Aladdin toured the UK in various plays and performed in many theatres across the country, including The National Theatre. On TV in programmes like The Bill, Casualty, Prime Suspects, Eastenders, Rapping at the Royal and Hold The Sunset for BBC TV.

Also, as writer/performer for “The Airport” Radio 4, nominated for Best Radio Comedy and Light Entertainment.

Co-Founder of The BiBi Crew who wrote, produced and performed in their own Theatre Productions Nationally and Internationally. Also Co-Founder of Aarawak Moon Productions who produced the inspirational improvisational comedy show Blaggers and also Co wrote The Play Shoot 2 Win that toured nationally and played at the Palace Theatre in Westclif-On-Sea. Josephine has worked extensively with The Arts Council of Great Britain during the sustained theatre reports and has been invited by Kwame Kwei-Armah to be a part of the panel of judges for The Royal National Theatre, giving the final decision of plays, for the Archive of selected Black British Plays.

Josephine has had a long association with the musical, The Harder They Come and was Assistant to the producer Jan Ryan, on the West End Run in 2008 and Assistant Director on The Harder They Come National Tour 2010. As Assistant Director on Five Guys Named Moe which, ran at the Edinburgh Festival 2010 and The Theatre Royal Stratford East to amazing reviews. Jo went on to be Associate Director on Red Riding Hood at The Theatre Royal Stratford East 2010/11 Christmas panto. Jo is also the Founder of South Essex African Caribbean Association (SEACA) which was set up to celebrate and recognize the diversity of Southend and beyond. It acknowledges the rich culture that plays a part in the ever-changing face of Southend, bringing about community cohesion and cultural understanding.

What is one piece of work you wish you had made?

‘The one piece of work I wish I had made is still in the pipeline, as it’s not over till it’s over. 

The creative industry does not have a time limit and as long as you have the passion and drive and determination, you can continue to make your dreams a reality.’

Kate Genever

Kate Genever is a multi-disciplinary artist and a farmer, who with her family, runs a traditional mixed farm in South Lincolnshire. As an artist she works internationally considering how we improvise and cope with our immediate problems. Be it in farms, refuges, caravan parks, lockdown…. she builds deep connections with people and places aiming to celebrate the overlooked, but more powerfully than this – show that those who go unnoticed matter.

Recent commissions and exhibitions include: Whose Culture? (2021) Peterborough Cultural Strategy Group; Encyclopedia of Us (2019 – ongoing) 3 Ways East; Consequences (2020) Metal; Made by Hands (2020) Rotterdam; The John Ruskin Prize (2019); Who Cares? (2018/19) Lakeland Arts; Leap of Faith (2018) Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Manchester Met University; Museum of Contemporary Farming (2018) Museum of English Rural Life and Exchange (2017) The Turner Prize and Ferens Art Gallery.

Kate’s work has been recently published in Re-imaging Rurality [2018, ORO Editions] and The Journal of Arts and Communities [2016, Intellect Books].

Kate completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in 2008, is an experienced mentor and has lectured on fine art courses at Nottingham, Leeds and Demontfort Universities

What is one piece of work you wish you had made?

‘One piece of work I had made: anything by Hans Memling or Pieter Bruegel the Elder or Dieric Bouts or more contemporary I currently love…. the film The Truffle Hunters… god I wish I had made that, its clever, gorgeous and perfect….

Rachael House

Rachael House is a multi-media artist who makes events, objects, performances, drawings and zines, and she thinks they are all the same. Events have been curtailed in 2020/21 of course, and drawing has taken centre stage, with her first book, Resistance Sustenance Protection, published in 2021.

Rachael House’s work focuses on feminist and queer politics and resistant histories/herstories, aiming to reach as many like-minded people as possible, inside and outside of the art world. She uses humour, personal engagement and events to draw in those who may not be like-minded too- she recruits.

Alongside and as part of her fine art practice she makes zines. In the 1990s she was part of the international queerzine scene. Today, her zines are in museum and university archives and feature in academic and art books.

Her projects have ranged from Rachael House’s Feminist Disco- putting the ‘disco’ into ‘discourse’, to an ongoing series of piñatas representing heteronormativity, patriarchy and the institution of monarchy, to be gleefully and violently smashed at joyful celebrations with big glittery sticks.

“Rachael House is part of a transtemporal, feminist family of artists and makers whose work is a form of resistance. She revels in the space between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, making use of performance, comic strips and ceramics to address themes such as queerness, ageing, mental health and gender-based discrimination. Presented in galleries and museums, House’s art can also be found in places where it can get things done: in parks, nightclubs and in the streets.” Rosie Cooper, Director Wysing Art Centre.

Recent exhibitions include- Coming In, 134 Columbia Rd. London, 2021, Companions, Forum Box Helsinki, 2021, Queer Joy is an Act of Resistance, Davy Pittoors Margate 2021, Resistance Sustenance Protection, Estuary Festival, 2021, Still I Rise: Gender Feminisms Resistance ACT2 De La Warr 2019, and ACT3 Arnolfini 2019, Focus on Feminism and Gender, New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge 2016, From There To Here, Casement Arts, Folkestone 2018.

What is one piece of work you wish you had made?

‘A piece of art I wish I’d made is extremely hard to choose, There is work that is heady and clever and I appreciate it, and there is art that provokes a more bodily reaction in me, an excitement, a gut feeling, and lower down too… This piece of slipware makes my stomach ache with longing, and my hands itch to work with clay and slip.’ 17th Century Wrotham Slipware Link to image here.

Warren Harper

Warren Harper is a curator and researcher based in Essex, where he is Director at The Old Waterworks (TOW), a charity, art centre and artists’ studios in Southend-on-Sea. Warren is also a board member of The Other MA (TOMA) and a supporter and member of the Working Class Creatives Database, which is a platform to share and highlight the work of working class creatives. He is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, where his practice-based curatorial research project investigates the nuclear landscapes of the Blackwater Estuary and Foulness Island. Warren has worked with various galleries and institutions including Arts Catalyst, Focal Point Gallery, South London Gallery and Goldsmiths, University of London.

What is one piece of work you wish you had made?

There isn’t really any work I wish I would have made but there are times and places I wish I would have been, so I could be involved in the conversations and experience the energy, innovation and excitement of the time. Places like SoHo, Manhattan in the 1970s, particularly artist-run spaces like 112 Greene Street and artist-run restaurant FOOD come to mind.’

Thank you to our funders

The funding for this Mentorship opportunity comes from Foyle Foundation, our Arts Council England NPO funding with additional support from our local authorities in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea.

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