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Zumthor to mentor protégé for philanthropic programme by luxury brand Rolex

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been selected as part of a biennial philanthropic programme headed by Rolex to mentor a protégé for the term of one year. Zumthor is one of seven mentors who span the fields of film, theatre, literature, visual arts, architecture, dance and music. Mentoring the visual arts will be Olafur Eliasson who partnered with Henning Larsen Architects on the design of the HARPA Concert Hall in Reykjavik.

A panel of experts from each profession will now meet to select three potential protégés for each category from which the mentors will choose their preferred candidate. Each partnership will meet for a minimum of six weeks in 2014 with the protégé receiving 25,000 Swiss Francs (£17,300) with the potential to apply for a further 25,000 Swiss Francs at the culmination of the programme.

“These artists are all highly respected leaders in their fields,” said Rebecca Irvin, head of philanthropy at Rolex. “We are grateful that they have generously offered to nurture a new generation of artists. Over the past 11 years, we have seen remarkable, enduring collaborations and friendships form between mentors and protégés. We look forward to seeing more of this rich creative dialogue.”

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