The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a period of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Since 2002, Rolex has paired more than 50 mentors and protégés in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and architecture.
Mentors and protégés are asked to spend a minimum of six weeks together, though many spend considerably more time. They agree on where and how they want to interact. This may mean a protégé is granted access to a master at work, or to a mentor and protégé actually collaborating on a work.