Made in Arts London x Metro Imaging Mentorship Programme 2021

The Made in Arts London x Metro Imaging Mentorship Programme is back for 2021!

As we look at and adapt our programme to suit the year ahead, we’re happy to announce the Metro Imaging Mentorship programme will be one of many to continue as planned and is back for it’s sixth consecutive year!

Running from March 2021 – February 2022, Metro Imaging are offering one final year student studying at University of Arts London tailored support and advice during the last crucial few months study, degree show and then the vitally important first few months as a graduate. Alongside this mentorship, the winning student will also become a Made in Arts London artist, with the opportunity to showcase their work online at as well as Made in Arts London events and exhibitions throughout the year.

We asked Rosie Haynes, a 2020 Central Saint Martins graduate who was selected last year, if they had any advice to those thinking of applying – “Just do it. I didn’t think I could get it, and now starting the programme I’m incredibly grateful I have. It’s a perfect insight into the industry which you don’t really get at university, and coming from a background where no one went to university in my family, let alone has any insight into the arts, I don’t know how else I’d have been able to access this kind of knowledge or insight. It’s a really valuable scheme. Also if there’s anyone in doubt about whether their practice fits into ‘photography’ as I was, it’s a broader discipline than you might have in mind, so if you’re thinking it might, it probably does. So apply!”

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The selected student will receive:

  • A twelve month bespoke mentorship
  • £500 credit to be used against Metro Imaging in-house services
  • One to one mentorship including PPD; technical advice; networking opportunities and industry insight
  • In-lab tutorials experience with various production departments (this will be subject to change due to C-19 laws and may move to online only sessions with technicians and printers)
  • Portfolio and practice reviews and advice
  • Curatorial advice in shaping their final degree show
  • Opportunities to be involved in Metro instigated exhibitions and lectures
  • Introductions to Metro Imaging partners such as BSAA; Shutter Hub and Life Framer
  • Made in Arts London Artist membership with a two year contract

Applicants must currently be studying in their final year at University of the Arts London, graduating in 2021. The selected mentee will be someone who exhibits potential within their current practice but would greatly benefit from this one-to- one support. As Rosie mentioned it is not essential for applicants to use photography as their main practice, but the photography medium must be a strong feature within their work.

Once the deadline has part all applications received will be reviewed. A shortlist will then be compiled from these submissions; students selected for the shortlist will be invited to meet with the panel to discuss their work further, who will then select a winner. If you are shortlisted for this opportunity you must be available for a video call via Zoom meeting on the following date: Friday 12th March 2021.

On this year’s panel is Steve Macleod, Creative Director at Metro Imaging, Photographer and Visiting Professor at UOS East Anglia and Eleanor West, Artist, current Activities Officer at Arts Students’ Union and a Camberwell College of Arts BA (Hons) Photography graduate.

Previous winners have been Rosie HaynesSophia WöhlekeNathaniel WhiteFrederic Anderson and Giulia Cacciuttolo.


Deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 1st March 2021