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Rolex announces mentors and protégés for 2020-2021 Arts Initiative

Artistic masters Spike Lee, Phyllida Lloyd, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Carrie Mae Weems will pass on their creative legacy to rising talents in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Four of the most ground-breaking and influential artists in their respective disciplines ­ Spike Lee (Film), Phyllida Lloyd (Theatre), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Open Category) and Carrie Mae Weems (Visual Arts) ­ have been named as mentors in the 2020-2021 Rolex Arts Initiative. These world-renowned innovators will each spend the next two years in close collaboration with an outstanding young artist with whom they will exchange ideas and ensure that artistry at the highest level is transmitted across generations and geographic boundaries.
     American filmmaker Spike Lee has chosen to work with Kyle Bell, 33, United States; British director Phyllida Lloyd with Whitney White, 33, United States; and American artist Carrie Mae Weems with Camila Rodríguez Triana, 34, Colombia. American composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will choose his protégé in the coming weeks.
     Rolex announced the new mentors and protégés at a public ceremony at Cape Town¹s Baxter Theatre Centre, marking the culmination of the 2018-2019 cycle of the Arts Initiative that since 2002 has paired 54 of the world¹s greatest artists with up-and-coming artists from around the globe.
     ‘We at Rolex have been privileged that, for nearly two decades, dozens of the most genre-defining artists have lent their time and expertise to the Arts Initiative,’ said Rebecca Irvin, Programme Director. ‘The four new mentors who join the initiative¹s community of creative greats have broken new ground in their respective fields and we look forward to the impact they will have on their protégés, as they pass on their devotion to their art in this cross-generational exchange.’
     The 2018-2019 Arts Initiative series marked a change in the programme structure, with mentorships addressing disciplines in alternating periods. In 2018-2019, the mentorships took place in architecture, dance, literature and music, while in 2020-2021 the programme addresses film, theatre, visual arts and the new variable eighth discipline, the ‘open category’ mentorship.

Introducing the mentors and protégés
Click here to see the mentors in the 2020-2021 Rolex Arts Initiative
Click here to see the three protégés for 2020-2021 who have been selected

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