Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative

“I’ve never done any teaching,” says David Hockney, Britain’s most famous living artist. He agreed to be a mentor in the hope he would not only teach, but also learn. Traveling and painting with his protégé, Germany’s Matthias Weischer, Hockney says, “I’ve got a new friend, a young painter. A good teacher learns from pupils.”

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Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is an international philanthropic programme that seeks out young talents and brings them together with artistic masters for a year of creative collaboration. Since its launch in 2002, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé…


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The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is an international philanthropic programme that seeks out young talents and brings them together with artistic masters for a year of creative collaboration. Since its launch in 2002, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative has given dozens of young artists the opportunity of a lifetime – a year of mentoring with a master in architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre or visual arts. Over the past decade, Rolex has created an international artistic community in which both rising and master artists are forging rich professional friendships across generations and borders.

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