Arts for All will conclude the fifth run of its mentoring scheme in 2016. The scheme pairs emerging with established artists, promoting skills transfer across a range of art forms including textiles, stagecraft, photography and printmaking. Mentoring artists work on a one to one basis with a mentee and develop a project over the course of 9 months. The mentor helps the mentee to develop their artistic skills with focus on a particular technique, as well as professional development in key areas – from building a portfolio and visiting cultural institutions to facilitating community arts workshops.
This years' mentee was Teresa Curran - who has a love of drawing and a passion for artist Norman Ackroyd's exploration of sea and sky. Using this as a starting point, Teresa dedicated over 20 hours to creating a highly accomplished etching using aquatint processes. Much of the programme was held at the Belfast Print Workshop, host to Northern Ireland’s only traditional particulate resin box, essential to the aquatint etching process.
Teresa has a fascinating background as a high profile solicitor, and decided to join the Arts for All programme to further explore her creative potential. The exhibition will open in the John Luke Gallery with a private viewing on the 14th April.