The biennial Rolex Creative Funding Program is a charity project planned by Rolex, which aims to ensure that artistic traditions around the world can be passed down from region to region and culture. Since its launch in 2002, the program has successfully established a vast network of artists, connecting artists around the world. In 2014-2015, international nominees invited a total of 154 artists from six continents to apply for this program. The conference selected three to four artists from each group to become finalists. The mentor in the field will interview the finalists in person, and finally select one student in 2014-2015. There are no restrictions on the way the two parties cooperate and communicate. At the end of the plan, instructors and students from Rolex Creative Arts recommended funding programs from around the world will gather to share the results of the past year’s cooperation.
In order to express their support for Rolex, each student will receive a grant of 25,000 Swiss francs, and after the completion of the study, they will receive an additional 25,000 Swiss francs to create new works. As a result, these talented young artists will not face economic and commercial pressures and will have plenty of time to study, create and grow in the early stages of the artistic career.
Rolex Creative Funding Program
The Rolex Creative Funding Program announced the selection list this year. Seven new talents from all over the world will interact with internationally renowned artists, so this one-year collaboration will be a lifelong experience. Rolex selects a number of young artists from around the world and is selected by tutors in related fields from the 2014-2015 Creative Arts Recommendation Funding Program. Among the mentor members are Olafur Eliasson-visual arts, Alejandro González Iñárritu-film, Michael Ondaatje-literature, Alexei Ratmansky-dance, Kaija Saariaho-music, Jennifer Tipton-theater and Peter Zumthor-architecture.
This year’s students came from Paraguay, Portugal, Mexico, Bulgaria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States and Israel, fully showing the planned international multiculturalism. So far, 36 young artists from six continents have participated in the project. They have been instructed by renowned art masters such as David Hockney, Mira Nair, Jessye Norman, Youssou N’Dour, Martin Scorsese, and Wole Soyinka for a year.
Rolex Charity Program Director Rebecca Irvin said, ‘Rolex is proud to sponsor this large-scale project to support the development of young artists. We are looking for the best talent in the world, regardless of geographical location. We are glad to select from this year’s students, and we can see again The international diversity of this program. ‘She added:’ Seven students learned from today’s most outstanding art masters and thrived under their guidance during a one-year mentoring period. Rolex is eagerly looking forward to a new round of innovation Artistic achievements of the Art Recommendation Funding Scheme. ‘
Architecture: Gloria Cabral (Paraguay) Selected by mentor Peter Zumthor (Switzerland)
The 32-year-old Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral is a partner at Gabinete de Arquitectura and she values collaboration. Her architectural philosophy also fully reflects her creativity. She has worked with a number of architects on innovative use of local materials, and has worked together on a number of environmental and social projects.
Dance: Myles Thatcher (USA) Selected by mentor Alexei Ratmansky (Russia)
The 24-year-old American dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher is versatile and a star of classic ballet. He trained at the Harid Conservatory and the Ellison Ballet School, and officially joined the San Francisco Ballet in 2010. Myles Thatcher is currently choreographing the 2015 rotation for the San Francisco Ballet.
Movie: Tom Shoval (Israel) Selected by mentor Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
Tom Shoval, a 32-year-old Israeli filmmaker and screenwriter, has developed a keen interest in film since he was a child. After graduating from the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School in Jerusalem, he has produced many international films. Short films for the Festival Awards. His first feature film, ‘Abduction Etude’ (‘Youth’, 2013), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Jerusalem Film Festival Best Film Award.
Literature: Miroslav Penkov (Bulgaria / USA) Selected by mentor Michael Ondaatje (Canada)
Writer Miroslav Penkov, 31, speaks to his compatriots by exploring Bulgarian history and culture. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas, and is an Assistant Professor of Creative English Writing at the University of North Texas. Pankov, who wrote in English and Bulgarian, won the BBC International Short Story Award in 2012.
Music: Vasco Mendonça (Portugal) Selected by mentor Kaija Saariaho (Finland)
The work of Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça, now 36, has gradually attracted attention in the international music scene, including the recently completed chamber music ‘The Boys of Summer’ (2012) and the one-hour indoor opera ‘Take Over the House’ (‘The House Taken Over’, 2013). Both were commissioned by the Aix-en-Provence International Opera Festival, and Mendonza’s work has also premiered on several occasions. In 2013, Mendonza performed ‘Ping’ for the first time in the UK. He currently teaches music analysis and composition at Lusiada University in Lisbon.
Drama: Sebastián Solórzano Rodriguez (Mexico) Selected by mentor Jennifer Tipton (USA)
Sebastián Solórzano Rodriguez, a 28-year-old Mexican lighting designer, designs paintings with reference to paintings and experimental films. He designs stage lighting for the Mexican National Contemporary Dance Company (Centro de Producción de Danza Contemporanea) and is one of the founders of Luz Y Fuerza: Cine Expandido, an interdisciplinary group that produces handmade lighting for installation art and live film performances.
Visual Arts: Sammy Baloji (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Selected by mentor Olafur Eliasson (Denmark, Iceland)
Sammy Baloji, a 35-year-old Congolese artist and photographer, uses photography as an observation tool to reflect the status of society. His multiple series of works have been exhibited in Europe, America and Africa. In addition to working in Belgium, Barrowgi also frequently returns to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take a series of stunning photomontages for his hometown. Barrowgi has won the Prix Afrique en création (2007), the Prince Claus Award (2008) and the Spiegel Prize (2012), and founded the Lubumbashi Double Annual Exhibition (Lubumbashi Biennale) and Picha Art Centre