Mentorship in the Arts

Hanasaari, Espoo

3.9.2019 09:30 - 12:30

Arts Management Helsinki, Hanaholmen, SITE Sweden, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Dansehallerne in Denmark, and Dance Atelier in Iceland organise a seminar focusing on mentorship especially within dance art in the Nordic countries. The seminar is free of charge and open for everyone.

Welcome to discuss mentorship, to meet partners and colleagues and develop further cooperation and events on the theme, also across all art forms.

Mentoring is a sustainable way of sharing knowledge, experience and resources. A mentor can help the mentee to broaden their horizons and understand the overall strategic direction of their own professional career or artistic path, or the goals of their organisation. What are the benefits and possibilities of mentoring in the Nordic arts field, especially in dance art? What type of mentorship is needed? How is mentorship in the arts different from mentorship in other fields?

In this seminar, mentoring will be discussed from two perspectives:

  1. Mentoring for Artists in the fields of dance and choreography
    Book presentation: MENTORSHIP TOOLBOX – for Artists.

In 2018, Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC), Kivik & Knislinge, and SITE, Stockholm, initiated a four-part Think Tank on the topic of artistic mentorship. The outcome was tools for mentoring artists in all stages of their work as well as a deepened understanding of the role mentorship plays in the fields of dance and choreography.

MENTORING TOOLBOX – For Artists is a publication with 8 activities intended to initiate and define relationships, agitate creative processes, and illuminate the artistic needs of the mentee. It also includes examples, personal stories, and documents to support the tools. The toolbox is a practical instrument to widen thinking before, during, and around artistic mentorship.

Presented by SITE Sweden.

  1. Mentoring for Arts Managers and Producers
    Project presentation within the fields of dance and choreography: Nordic Circle of Artistic Management

Nordic Circle of Artistic Management is an international network created for the development of production and management skills across the field of dance. The network spans all the Nordic countries, with main partners SITE Sweden, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Project Centre/ Dansehallerne (Denmark), Dance Atelier (Iceland) and Arts Management Helsinki (Finland). In 2016–2018, the network organized two mentorship programs for managers and producers in the dance field. Two mentorship cycles have included a total of 30 mentors and mentees from the Nordic countries.

Mentors play an important role in supporting and helping to develop the structures of the arts ecosystem. The past activities, outcomes and future plans of the Nordic Circle program will be presented.

Presented by SITE Sweden, Arts Management Helsinki, Performing Arts Hub Norway, Dansehallerne (Denmark), Dance Atelier (Iceland).

The seminar is supported by Svenska Kulturfonden, the Nordic Culture Fund, the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation, the Finnish-Danish Cultural Foundation, and the Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The seminar is free of charge, but registration is required. Please register through the link below no later than August 25th!

More information:
Outi Järvinen, Arts Management Helsinki, outi(at)
Jaana Tamminen, Hanaholmen, jaana.tamminen(at)