The One Year Mentoring Course at Newlyn School of Art is a groundbreaking course enabling artists to develop their practice over a year of one-to-one tutorials and mentoring under the guidance of a host of well known artists. The course will soon be in it's sixth year of existence and runs over six weekends in the year starting in January. 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.

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This year's Mentoring group recently had their end of year exhibition entitled Aquarium at PZ Gallery, 7 Coinage Hall Street, Penzance TR18 4AY from 23-25th November, 2018. 


We will have a new Mentoring group starting with us this January. For those who would like to apply we are still accepting applications for the course starting in January 2019. If you would like to chat to us about the course please get in touch via the contact details at the bottom of this page. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 5PM ON NOVEMBER 29TH, 2019. See our open sessions for half hour one-to-one slots to come and talk to us about our longer courses and show us your work HERE

The course takes place at Newlyn School of Art with regular one to one tutorials from artists including Course Leader Jesse Leroy Smith and regular Tutors: Gareth Edwards, Jessica Cooper, Kate Walters, Henry Garfit (Director), Marie Claire Hamon, Rachael Reeves, Faye Dobinson, Sam Bassett, Louise Thomas, Matt Benington and Anthony Garratt. Past visiting tutors have included Lisa Wright, Jason Walker, 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 session 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.

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.

To see some previous Mentoring end of year show catalogues online see the below links:

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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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