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I am an experienced mentor for artists, curators, writers and creative professionals at all stages of their career. I encourage my mentees to be bold and take creative risks, supporting them on their journey to be the best they can be. As well as nurturing creativity, I’m also drawn to the tangible. This means my mentoring style is the opposite of wishful thinking. Instead, I provide creative support and full disclosure – think funding secrets, practical advice, network building and skill sharing. I don't impose my way of working on my mentees – instead I help you find your own path with advice drawn from years of experience. 


"I feel very fortunate to have been taught by Al, and subsequently mentored by him as part of the Platform Graduate Award. As a mentor, Al combined his experience of working both as an artist and curator, with an incredible generosity and proactive energy. His insight helped me to develop my work and research, giving me the encouragement and confidence to be more ambitious. Alongside this, his sharing of practical advice and professional skills enabled me to navigate opportunities, and structure the continuation of my art practice after graduating. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough to anyone looking for professional support with their practice."

Josephine Rock. Artist and Platform Graduate Award Winner.

Mentoring Fees

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Al Hopwood is an award-winning artist, writer and curator. Over a 25-year career, he has made performance and exhibition projects with leading galleries including Tate Britain, Hayward Gallery, ICA London, Wellcome Collection, Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid, Science Gallery Bengaluru, Talbot Rice Gallery and Mona Tasmania. He was the first visual artist to receive a prestigious Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship and in 2019, he curated (with Honor Beddard) the landmark exhibition Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic at Wellcome Collection. He has attracted extensive media coverage from leading art / science magazines, national newspapers, and international broadcasters, including the BBC and ABC Australia. His work is in private collections in the UK, USA, and Europe, and he was recently awarded an unconditional PhD by Publication from the University of Westminster. He is currently an AKO Storytelling Fellow at the University of the Arts London. CV

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