Phan Thao Nguyen wins The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative 2016



Post Vidai would love to congratulation young artist Thao Nguyen Phan for her major achievement being chosen as visual artist of The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative 2016, which was created to assist extraordinary, rising artists to achieve their full potential by pairing them with great masters for a year of creative collaboration. Throughout the year, she will be mentored by legendary performance artist Joan Jonas. Rolex reveals:

‘Seven new protégés are starting extraordinary creative journeys with their mentors, artists who are among the best in the world.  Seven highly gifted young artists from four continents are about to join one of the world’s leading arts philanthropy programmes, bringing to a total of 50 the number of young talents who have participated in the Rolex Arts Initiative since its launch in 2002. The new protégés – a Swiss architect, a writer from Brazil, a Peruvian musician, a dancer from South Africa, an Argentinian/Spanish theatre artist, a film-maker from India and a Vietnamese visual artist – are being mentored by some of the most acclaimed figures in the contemporary arts worldwide: British architect Sir David Chipperfield, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón, poet and novelist Mia Couto, from Mozambique, American composer Philip Glass, Canadian theatre director Robert Lepage and American performance and video artist Joan Jonas. The young artists, one for each of the programme’s seven disciplines, are aged from 22 to 36. The Rolex Arts Initiative will give the mentor-protégé pairs funding and logistical support, enabling them to spend at least six weeks working together, though many of mentoring pairs often spend much more. Each mentoring pair will have the liberty to decide how best to use their time in the most creative and productive way possible. At the end of the 12 months, each of the protégés will create or produce a work or performance that will be part of a Rolex Arts Weekend in late 2017.’