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Enrolment! Mentoring and Coaching Programme for Photographers

Instytut Fotografii Fort
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REZO MENTORING AND COACHING PROGRAMME FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, created by REZO Agency and Artist in Bloom in collaboration with Instytut Fotografii Fort in Warsaw, Poland, is a professionally designed compilation of trainings, individual coaching and consulting, masterclasses and mentoring sessions with international experts.The Programme is designed for professional visual artists, working mainly with photographic medium, who are conscious about their visual language and have already a significant curriculum (exhibitions, awards, books), but need professional support in raising their work and career to the next level. The Programme is focused on participants’ ongoing projects that need professional advice on all levels of development, production, management and promotion in correspondence with international standards.


3 MONTHS: Six training sessions, designed to cover the main stages of project development. Group sessions offer „know- ledge in action”. Among topics are: Industry mapping, career planning, art goal-set- ting, time-managament, action-plan, storytelling, project pitching, self-presentation, body-language, promotion, project management, strategy building, communication, solution-focused thinking, planning and execution of the project.Every training day delivers intensive, interactive experience that mixes theory, experience from the international photography market, practice and new skill development followed by three months of work with top international experts. [led by Wiktoria Michałkiewicz and Magda Chołyst]

3 MONTHS: The second stage of the programme includes individual mentoring sessions and group masterclasses with the top professionals, who are able to present various perspectives on the international scene (photographers, curators, critics, publishers, marketing professionals, gallery owners, and professionals from the museum eld).
The core of this part of the programme is a three-month mentorship process with a mentor that suits best the needs of a photographer, de ned by the outcome of the first part of the course.

Erik Vroons, Editor-at-large, GUP magazine magazine, the Netherlands.
Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography, Financial Times FT Weekend, the UK.
Marc Prüst, Curator, Editor, Artistic Director Noorderlicht House of Photography (Noorderlicht Festival), the Netherlands.
Susan Welchman, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic, the US. www.nationalgeographic.com
Dorothée Nilsson, Curator, Owner, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Germany. www.dorotheenilsson.com
Clément Saccomani, Managing Director, NOOR, the Netherlands.
Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director, Curator, Writer, East Wing, UAE, based in Germany.
Moritz Neümuller, Curator, Writer, Educator, collaborated with MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, La Fábrica Madrid, PhotoIreland Festival, based Spain.
Pieter Ten Hoopen, Photographer and Filmmaker, represented by the agency Agence VU, France; based in Sweden.
Ellen K Willas, Curator, Founder, WILLAS contemporary, Norway.
Marina Paulenka, Founder and Artistic Director, Organ Vida - International Photography Festival, Croatia.
Ben Burdett & Julia Bostock, Atlas Gallery, the UK.
Mariama Attah, Curator, Editor, Foam Magazine, the Netherlands.
Ariana Rinaldo, Artistic Director, Cortona On The Move, Italy.

Wiktoria Michałkiewicz - Exhibition coordinator in Fotografiska Stockholm, founder of REZO agency. Journalist, curator, researcher, university lecturer, film, photography producer. As a journalist and writer she has contributed to National Geographic Magazine Poland, National Geographic Traveler Poland, Harper’s Bazaar Polska, FOTO, Focus, Digital Camera Polska, Wysokie Obcasy Extra, and the Ireland-based BLOW Photo. In the field of photography, she worked with recognized artists, institutions, festivals and galleries. She participated in photography fairs all over the world, was a photography consultant for art fairs and festivals, and art projects manager and producer in SHOOTME Visual Artists agency. She produced and assisted in production of major photography exhibitions working alongside recognized curators in various countries. As an anthropologist, linguist, MA-holder in cultural studies and PhD researcher and university lecturer in sociology, she presented her work at the most important universities in the world, including Columbia University and University of Oxford. The projects she produced won multiple awards worldwide, including Golden KTR, Golden Drum, Cannes Lions (shortlist), Photobook of The Year in Poland 2016 (nomination), Photo- book of the Year 2017 (by fotopolis.pl, two nominations). The books were presented at the major art fairs and festivals (including Photo London, TIFF Festival, Fotofestiwal in Lodz, Polycopies in Paris, the Month of Photography Los Angeles), and films were screened in the festivals all over the world.

Magda Chołyst - Certified art coach, educator and process designer. Owner of “Artist in Bloom”. Magda specializes in coaching and education for artists who want to bring their creative world under control and build professional life in a more conscious and effective way, according to their vision, sensitivity and realities of creative industries. She graduated from Ericson College of Vancouver (run by the Jagiellonian University Extension, Krakow), programme certified by International Coaching Federation and Art Coaching course
in LABLife (Thoughts Design Centre, Warsaw). Magda runs individual sessions, workshops and lectures in art schools. Amongst others, she has cooperated with HOTs („Outbreakers’ Lab” - coaching & mentoring camp for artists), Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw Film School, Invisible Design Conference, Screenwriters Festival Script Fiesta. She has run workshops at MENT Festival, Ljubljana, International Music Fair Co jest Grane, Warsaw, Budapest Showcase Hub and Inne Brzmienia Festival in Lublin, Poland. She is part of the lecturing team at Warsaw School of Photography. In 2017 Magda started also her research projects. One of them, “Photo-Complets” aims to create a competence model for photographers designing skills crucial for succeeding in visual art industries.

APPLY if you are:
- Professional photographers with at least 5 years of working experience (photojournalism, art, commercial photography)
- You have documented publications in the selected field, and at least one completed personal project (book, individual exhibition)
- You have significant curriculum (awards, collaborations, commissions)
ENROLL BY: 30th of April, 2018, midnight CET – Central European Time.
Send your CV and one project in-progress with a short description to: academy@rezo.pl
Mail subject line: REZO Mentoring and Coaching Programme - application.

Number of seats: 14 seats
Waiting list: 5 seats

The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the programme, including the final list of mentors.

In case of questions, please reach out to academy@rezo.pl