Rolex Reveals Mentors For 2012-2013 Arts Initiative Program


Lin Hwai-min

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative has revealed the names of the six internationally renowned artists who will serve as mentors in dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts in 2012-2013.

The mentors, each of whom will be paired up with a young artist for a year of creative dialogue and exchange, are Taiwanese choreographer Lin Hwai-min, Canadian author Margaret Atwood, French theatre director Patrice Chereau, Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil, South African visual artist William Kentridge and American film editor and sound designer Walter Murch.

Each mentor will spend at least six weeks, over the course of a year, with his or her protégé. Taking into account the hectic schedules of both mentors and mentees, the individual pair will determine the structure, time and place of these meetings. Names of the proteges will be released mid-2012.

Now in its 5th year (2011-2012), the Rolex Arts Initiative have enjoyed collaborations with the likes of Zhang Yimou, John Baldessari, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Brian Eno, Toni Morrison, Mira Nair, Saburo Teshigawara, Trisha Brown, Sir Colin Davis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.


Margaret Atwood


Gilberto Gil


Walter Murch


Patrice Chereau


William Kentridge