Two news Arts grants case studies show the benefits of mentoring artists at different stage of their careers.
The Directors Lab workshop offered by Theatre Works during the Melbourne Festival has run for the past two years, with a third planned for this year due to its success.
The Lab grew from the need of practicing directors to participate in a professional development program in Australia. Within Australia, the opportunity for directors to continue learning and developing their practice beyond formal training and outside of the rehearsal room is limited.
Directors Lab: Melbourne provides a place for directors to expand their skills, exchange ideas, and investigate their practice, without the expectation of delivering a ‘finished’ product. The workshop has attracted high-profile international and local directors to work with developing directors from around Australia.
Similarly, the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program was designed by SSO musicians to fulfill the need of aspiring young symphonic orchestral musicians to further develop and explore their craft; and experience the unique and challenging life of a professional symphonic orchestral musician firsthand.
The Fellowship program does not merely simulate the experience of a professional symphonic orchestral musician – it offers the opportunity to be one with Fellows guaranteed 40 calls with the orchestra proper during the 12 months of the Fellowship. Fellows are also actively engaged in the Symphony's education and regional touring program, receive mentoring and participate in Masterclasses.