Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts initiative
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative brings masters from a variety of artistic disciplines together with highly promising young artists for a period of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Since its launch in 2002, this philanthropic programme has evolved into an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, fulfilling its aim to make a significant contribution to global culture.
A year of mentoring explore the stories of the 2017 mentors and proteges
Sir David Chipperfield and Simon Kretz
Mentor & Protégé, Architecture
Young Swiss architect Simon Kretz already has an impressive portfolio to his credit. “But only an experienced mentor like Sir David Chipperfield could take me to the next level of design thinking,” he says.
Joan Jonas and Thao‑Nguyen Phan
Mentor & Protégée, Visual arts
Joan Jonas, a pioneer of video and performance art, is considered the “ideal mentor” by Thao-Nguyen Phan, from Vietnam, where she has pushed the boundaries of contemporary art by combining painting, video, performance and installation.
Alfonso Cuarón and Chaitanya Tamhane
Mentor & Protégé, Film
Having had mentors throughout his life, Alfonso Cuarón was highly enthusiastic about the mentoring year. His Indian protégé Chaitanya Tamhane, with a much-awarded first feature but no professional cinema training, says: “A mentor figure is someone I have always craved.”
Mia Couto and Julián Fuks
Mentor & Protégé, Literature
Brazilian writer, critic and translator Julián Fuks and renowned, Mozambique-born novelist Mia Couto are united by their love of fiction and of the Portuguese language. Fuks viewed his time with Couto as a “transformative experience”.
Robert Lepage and Matías Umpierrez
Mentor & Protégé, Theatre
Matías Umpierrez (who has dual Argentina/Spain nationalities) fulfilled his great expectations of his collaboration with mentor Robert Lepage whose interdisciplinary work matches his own artistic views, and mixes technology with human sensitivities.
Philip Glass and Pauchi Sasaki
Mentor & Protégée, Music
Philip Glass chose Pauchi Sasaki, from Peru, as his protégée because he was convinced she would gain most from the mentoring year. He helped her navigate not only the subtleties of composing but also the practicalities of living as a professional musician.
Ohad Naharin and Londiwe Khoza
Mentor & Protégée, Dance
South African neoclassical and contemporary dancer Londiwe Khoza wants to be “the kind of artist who changes people’s lives”. Her mentor, Ohad Naharin, of Israel, has influenced a generation of dancers by creating Gaga, a language of movement.