Would you like to have a mentor to support your practice this year? Want advice on how to develop your work, write an artist statement, put together a group exhibition or what to do after art school?

Students are invited to make 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 in person or online meetings.

Expressions of Interest are due by August 30 2021.

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. This can be as specific as a series of new paintings, or as open-ended as how to organise a group exhibition.

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.


Expressions of interest should be submitted via email to and 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. (400 words max)

– A CV listing past/current projects and experience (optional)

– Website (optional)

– 4 to 6 images of past works (optional)

We recommend you consult the GPG Mentorship Guidelines before applying.


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.

David Attwood is a visual artist based in Melbourne. 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.

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. as seen in her 2017 publication Sandra Bridie, b.19–: Eight fictions, are usually accompanied by a published ‘interview’ with the fictional artist describing the journey towards the work seen.

Since 2004, Sandra has held the position of director of the George Paton Gallery.


The GPG Mentorship Program is open to all University of Melbourne students. If you have any questions email

Please contact us directly if you require any access provisions. Accessibility is important to Arts Programs and we aim to accommodate everyone.