Would you like to have a mentor to support your practice during the COVID lockdown? 


The GPG Mentorship Program is open to all University of Melbourne students. Students are invited to send an expression of interest to participate in the GPG Mentorship Program. The program will see students teamed up with a mentor, who will provide feedback, assistance and guidance through regular meetings.

The mentorship program is student-led, and students will be expected to have a general idea of a project, areas of practice or professionalism that they seek assistance with. The mentorship program is extra-curricular, and not designed to assist students with work for assessment.

The duration of the mentorship and frequency of meetings will be agreed on by the mentor and student, according to the student’s availability and needs. It is imagined that the mentorship will include at least four meetings.

If you are interested, please send us an email with subject heading of ‘Expressions of Interest in Mentorship’ to gpg@union.unimelb.edu.au

The EOI should include; 

– Contact details including student number and area of study 

– A brief statement of your creative interests, and what you would like assistance with, or feedback on. This can be as specific as a series of new paintings, or as open as how to organise a group exhibition. (300 words max)

Submissions will be considered against the skills, knowledge and experience of the GPG mentors. At present the mentors include Arts Programs staff members Sandie Bridie, Coordinator and Director of the George Paton Gallery, and David Attwood, Arts Projects and Programs Officer. Information on the mentors can be found below.

Both Dave and Sandie are practicing artist/curators engaged in the artist-led sector.


David Attwood
David Attwood is a visual artist. He completed a PhD in Art at Curtin University, where he worked as a tutor in the School of Design and Art from 2013 – 2016. He makes work in the field of sculpture, and has exhibited his work at artist run initiatives, commercial galleries and institutions, as well as in off-site and online projects throughout Australia and overseas. Dave is a former board member of Seventh Gallery, founder of Island Island and current artistic advisory panel member to Bus Projects. In 2020 Dave co-edited the book ‘The Art of Laziness: Contemporary Art and Post-Work Politics’, published by Art + Australia.

Dave’s work can be seen here: http://davidattwood.net/

Dave’s interests include conceptual art, appropriation and alternative exhibition models.


Sandie (or Sandra) Bridie
Sandra Bridie’s work straddles individual practice, collaboration, exhibition curation, teaching, gallery management, writing, and the interview as documentation of individual and collective artistic practice in Melbourne. Sandra has coordinated a series of spaces and projects including; Fictional and Actual Artists Space (1995-6), Talk Artists Initiative (1997-2000) six conjectural modules (2002-3). Sandra was also a founding member of the artist’s group Ocular Lab, which ran from 2003-2010 and through this involvement hosted a series of international, national and local artist’s residencies in the Ocular Lab space.

Bridie’s individual practice involves the invention of fictional artists, presented via a suite of art works from a range of media including film, sculpture, performance, painting and conceptual art. These works are usually accompanied by a published ‘interview’ with the fictional artist describing the journey towards the work seen.

Bridie has documented the processes and ideals of both the individual artist and artist’s collective activities, such as the running of Melbourne Artist-Run Initiatives. Sandra produces an ongoing series of interviews with artists currently running to over 300, including two volumes of interviews recording the numerous roles taken on by the artist when running an artists’ space in Artists/Artist Run Spaces – interviews with coordinators of 6 Melbourne Artists Spaces (1998 and 2002). Other publications and catalogues by Bridie include Fictional and Actual Artists Space (1996), Talk Artists Initiative Archive (online and in catalogue form, 1997-2000), Artists as Curators (2001), Active Imagination and Tangential Practice (2006) and The artist as composite (2009), The Grid Show: A structured space, Articulations (2012), Unintended Refrains (2015) and Sandra Bridie b.19–: Eight fictions (2017).

As a teacher, Sandra’s pedagogical projects – teaching projects with an exhibition outcome include, Active Imagination with students from Birmingham Institute of Art and design, UK, 2006, Tangential Practice, with VCA students, 2006, Material Practice, with University of Melbourne Students from the School of Creative Arts, 2007, Lateral Investigation, 2008, Ten Installation Grids, 2009, The Grid Show: A structured space, reprised with articulations, 2012, Two Options (2016) with VCA students and Equidistant Objects: A Cagean experiment (2019). Each of these projects included a publication with documentation, including interviews with participants regarding their working processes.

Sandra is currently Director of the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University. See more about Sandie’s practice at sandrabridie.net

Sandie’s interests include: hybrid media | text-based practice in visual art | artist-led spaces and projects | documentation of practice/artist’s archives | curation