Me and my mentor: Marion Harper and Vera Möller

Visual artists Marion Harper and Vera Möller were paired as part of the VCA Masters Mentoring program. Here they talk about each other's work and the two-way generative process of mentorship.

Some of Australia’s most successful artists are alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and, each year, up to five of them are paired with high-performing final year Masters of Fine Art students, to mentor them and provide connections with galleries.

Known as the VCA Access Masters Mentoring VCA Art Award, this competitive program is now in its eighth year and has already supported more than 30 alumni-artist pairings. The awarded students are able to build relationships, experience hands-on industry exposure and nurture more sustainable career pathways beyond formal education.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk