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Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative - The programme

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.

Rolex Mentors & Protégés

A year of mentoring explore the stories of the 2017 mentors and proteges

Rolex Arts Initiative

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.

Sir David Chipperfield and Simon Kretz, Rolex Mentor and Protégé in Architecture, 2016-2017

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.

Joan Jonas and Thao Nguyen-Phan, Rolex Mentor and Protégée in Visual Arts, 2016-2017

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.”

Alfonso Cuarón and Chaitanya Tamhane, Rolex Mentor and Protégé in Film, 2016-2017

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”.

Mia Couto and Julián Fuks, Rolex Mentor and Protégé in Literature, 2016-2017

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.

Robert Lepage and Matías Umpierrez, Rolex Mentor and Protégé in Theatre, 2016-2017

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.

Philip Glass and Pauchi Sasaki, Rolex Mentor and Protégée in Music, 2016-2017

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.

Ohad Naharin and Londiwe Khoza, Rolex Mentor and Protégée in Dance, 2016-2017