The One Year Mentoring Course at Newlyn School of Art is now in it's fifth year of existence and runs over six weekends in the year starting in January and is aimed at enabling students to develop their artistic practice over a year of one to one tutorials and mentoring under the guidance of a host of well known artists. Previous students on the course have gone on to win respected art prizes, been granted prestigious residencies, been taken on by galleries around the country and been accepted as members of well known art societies and studio complexes.

Last year's Mentoring Course participants had their final show entitled RAW RICH at PZ Gallery from 24th-26th November, 2017. 

The PDF version of the illustrated exhibition catalogue can be found HERE


We have a new group starting with us this January. For those who would like to apply to attend the course we are now accepting applications for the January 2019 course. If you would like to chat to us about the course please get in touch via the details on the contact page of the website.

The course takes place at Newlyn School of Art with regular one to one tutorials from artists including Course Leaders Jesse Leroy Smith and Gareth Edwards and regular Tutors Henry Garfit (Director), Rachael Reeves, Faye Dobinson, Sam Bassett, Louise Thomas, Matt Benington and Kate Walters. Past visiting tutors have included Lisa Wright, Jason Walker, Marie Claire Hamon, Jessica Cooper, Tim Shaw, Patrick Lowry, Andrew Tozer, Georgina Hounsome, Alex Higlett, and Mark Surridge among other visiting artists and arts specialists.

The course is unusual in that it aims to give a very high level of Tutor time with two or three artist Tutors mentoring the group together at all times. Practical work will be done between sessions and works in progress or recently completed work brought into tutorials will add to the opportunity for students to gain valuable ongoing feedback on their work and help in understanding the wider context of the work they are making under experienced artist Tutors. In this way consistent encouragement and guidance can be given on a continuous basis over the year aimed at building the development and confidence of each individual student.

There will be a structure to each day often beginning with a tutor led presentation, then one to one tutorials followed by group crits with informal presentations by students on their current work.

Jesse Leroy Smith will lead a module which will help students to understand the wealth of exhibiting opportunities there are for artists to engage with from approaching commercial galleries through to artist led ‘pop up’ exhibitions in disused spaces.

At the end of each day talks will be given by specialists from Tate, Newlyn Art Gallery, Arts Council England, there will be visits to leading galleries in Cornwall with a talk about how artists might gain success approaching galleries and a visits to learn about the evolution of a curated exhibition, there will also be talks at the school from representatives from national art competitions and artists’ residency programmes. These afternoon talks will also be an opportunity for students to hear respected visiting artists talk about their work and careers.

One added element is that we will be offering students one extra tutorial 3-4 months after the course ends so that everyone has the opportunity to reflect on what they have done after the course and gain one to one guidance with a tutor at this stage.

We are keen to encourage a range of applicants, previous exhibition history or formal art education is not a prerequisite. We are also open to applications from students who work in a range of different media.

You can see the digital version of the printed exhibition catalogue for the final show by our 2014/15 Mentoring students HERE and the 2013/14 year group HERE. The 2015/16 exhibition catalogue will be coming soon.

Artist Rachel Ara Winner Aesthetica Art Prize 2016

Photograph of Rachel Ara's Aesthetica Prize winning entry taken by Jim Poyner by kind permission of Aesthetica Magazine

Many past students on the Mentoring Course at Newlyn School of Art have gone on to be taken up by commercial galleries and been offered residencies. In April of 2016 Rachel Ara who attended the 2014 course was awarded the esteemed international Aesthetica Art Prize.


Dates for the 2019 Mentoring Course (Sat-Sun)

Jan 26-27th

March 23-24th

May 25-26th

July 27-28th

Sept 21-22nd

Nov 23-24th


The 2019 course will cost £2,450.

We would be interested to hear from anyone interested in applying for the next year by email - info (@)

To find out more about the course please ring the art school on 01736 365557.

In addition to the above One Year Mentoring Course we have a Defining Practice course held over six weekends in the year.

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"The generosity of the tutors is outstanding; the visiting artists inspiring and the studio visits enlightening. This is a contemporary art mentoring course that forces you to confront and question every aspect of your practice."

Sharon, Winchester
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