Discover the recent mentorships

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.

Percussion's power unites across borders

Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain quickly took note of the talent of his protégé, American drummer Marcus Gilmore. By the end of the mentorship, in part thanks to the affirmation of his mentor, Gilmore reached his goal of writing his first composition for orchestra. Along the way, Hussain taught to Gilmore the Indian principle of a musician’s love for his instrument.

Building Africa in its own image

Renowned Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye and his protégée Mariam Kamara, of Niger share a conviction that African architecture needs its own identity. During the course of their mentorship, the greatest of the many lessons he passed on to her is “to be true to herself”.

A step-by-step transformation

For hip-hop street dancer Khoudia Touré from Senegal, her mentorship with a superstar of modern dance, Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, impelled her to grow as a dancer, a choreographer and as a person.

The shared pursuit of Irish literary laurels

Irish writer Colin Barrett and his mentor, fellow Irishman Colm Tóibín acclaimed author of a dozen books, spent their mentorship discussing the mechanics of writing. Tóibín’s encouragement helped Barrett to complete his first novel, The English Brothers.

Current pairs 2020–2022

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