During 2018, I had the pleasure of mentoring the artist collective recollect

anticipation of their collaboration exhibition project, An Undertaking, at St Chads Cathedral. Mentoring an arts collective in this manner highlighted the strength there is in collaboration and how it can enable a supportive and nurturing environment to empower change and development. From a curatorial perspective the benefit of being a mentor in this situation enabled a rich exchange of ideas and consideration, giving voice to the individual as well as the group. I find that mentoring artists outside of the exhibition and project programme that I curate for Oriel Davies is liberating in how it enables a sharp focus on developmental aspects of work and practice. It also allows for me to be introduced to a wider pool of artists as well as different organisations that the artists may be affiliated with.
Alex Boyd Jones, Oriel Davies Gallery Curator