How mentorship has changed for arts organisations

In an environment of reduced funding, savvy partnership and creative mentorships are vital for growing the careers of artists and makers, says Guildhouse’s Emma Fey.

As its name suggests, Guildhouse started its journey as a craft association for South Australian makers back in 1966. But a lot has changed since then.

Today the not for profit organisation embraces savvy cross-discipline business models for creatives that include – and extend beyond – craftspeople and makers to visual artists and designers, as a hub for networking, opportunities, markets and mentorship.  In a nutshell, their modus operandi is all about assisting them to build enduring and sustainable career practices.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina