Arts Emergency


Ali & Tony Mentor Pair at Celebration event

Love an arts or humanities subject? Want a creative career?
Our mentors can help you!

How does mentoring work?
• In January 2020 you will be matched with an industry professional who shares your interests;
• you will meet once a month in a public space decided on between you and your mentor;
• together you will focus on your goals and what you want to do;
• your mentor will help by offering advice, guidance and work experience opportunities, as well as helping you to build your confidence and connections.

How do I apply?
Applications for mentoring are now open and will close on 30 September. You just need to fill out our online form to apply. If your application is successful we’ll be in touch in October to arrange a time to meet you, find out more about you and work out how we can best support you. For guidance on how to complete the application form click here.

What areas do Arts Emergency mentors specialise in?
Architecture – Fashion – Comedy – Journalism – Politics & Activism – Academia – Dance – Marketing – Acting – Music – English Lit/Lang – Interior Design – Museums – Publishing – Art & Design – Film & TV – Sociology – Art History – Games Design – Philosophy – Theatre – Music Tech – Classics – History – Photography – Writing

…and more! If you are passionate about an arts or humanities subject but don’t see it listed above, you can check if we cover it by emailing

What kind of opportunities could I get up to?
• Architecture tours;
• free theatre and cinema trips;
• Netflix set visits;
• work experience at the Globe Theatre;
• paid internships;
• opportunities to perform.

Who can apply?
You can apply if you are aged 16-18 years old and you live in London, Manchester or Thanet. We try to work with young people who aren’t already able to benefit from their parents’ university experience and professional networks so we ask that all mentees tick at least one of the criteria below:

• First generation in the family to attend university;
• household income below £25,000 per annum;
• family receive Universal Credit;
• in care or a care leaver;
• recipient of a 16 to 19 Bursary Fund;
• eligible for free school meals between Year 7-11;
• have a learning difficulty or disability;
• refugee or asylum seeker;
• young parent or carer;
• a person of colour (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic).

What are you looking for in a mentee?
• Curiosity to find out more about their area of interest.
• Committed to attending mentoring sessions once a month for a year.
• You don’t have a clear idea of what you want to do (although it can help) but you do need to want to explore your options.
• You don’t need to be an A* student or the most confident person.

Have you got any mentoring examples?

Jenna speaks at a Celebration Event

Read about Jenna’s mentoring journey here.

Deji & Yoav at a Celebration Event

Read about Deji’s mentoring journey here.


Any questions?
Please email or ring us on +44 (0)20 7683 1077