Please find a list of Frequenty Asked Questions below. If you have a question about the Mentoring progamme and you cannot find the answer below, please email us at


What is expected of me as a mentor?

We ask that each mentor dedicates a minimum one hour a month, to two candidates, totalling a two-hour commitment each month. That time doesn’t have to be dedicated in one chunk, it can be spread out over the month. As Easel is predominantly a virtual resource, candidates can be mentored via the app or using a voice and video chats. 

What happens if I am too busy at work or travelling?

Each mentor can ‘pause’ a mentoring relationship. If you are on annual leave, on deadline or travelling you can put that relationship on hold for a few weeks. 

How long does each mentoring relationship last?

We advise that each relationship is undertaken for a minimum 3 months and maximum of a year, in-between that it is up to you!

What happens if I don’t strike up a beneficial relationship with my mentor or mentee?

If you feel that the candidate or the mentor you have been matched isn’t providing advice in the areas you are looking to develop in or it just isn’t a good fit, you can be re-matched. Just tell us and we will organise for you to speak with another mentor or mentee.

Is there much work outside of the hour a month?

This is up to you both. If you feel that further reading or short exercises would help you learn and develop then definitely undertake homework. Some of our mentees in the past have recommended exhibitions to visit, suggested books to read or short exercises to practise industry skills.

Why are there so many personal questions in the registration and application forms?

In order to effectively achieve our goal of broadening accessibility to the art industry and encouraging talent independent of background, we will undertake surveys examining the demographic of the sector. As such, we need information from you so we can measure our impact on the industry in the forthcoming years. If you don’t want to answer those questions however, there is a ‘Prefer not to answer’ option.  

Is Easel aimed at art galleries and auction houses? Is it based on the art ‘market’?

Absolutely not; it encompasses the entire art industry, from galleries and auction houses to museums and colleges, and includes a wide spectrum of professions, from curators, gallery specialists and conservators to specialist lawyers, marketeers and accountants. Have a look at our expansive Jobs in the Arts section to see the spectrum of possible careers in the art industry.  

Is the art industry an important enough area in which to concentrate on social mobility?

Absolutely; the stronger the art industry, the more it supports the arts. Economically, the Creative industries, as a whole, have represented the fastest growing sector of the UK economy for nearly a decade, and the art industry plays a significant part. The more we can broaden accessibility to the art industry, the more we can encourage the greatest talent, independent of background. 

Is mentoring really going to help?

Definitely; and the mentorship programme plays a fundamental part in what we do. In 2016, an All Party Government Group on Social Mobility published a paper in which they highlighted that 'Children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds lack mentors and examples to follow to inspire them to enter careers in elite professions’. We are meeting that challenge head on. 

How else can I help the Easel Initiative?

By spreading the word! Please share you experiences of Easel on social media and recommend us to anyone who you think would be interested or could benefit, whether as a mentee, a mentor, an advocate or anyone who is passionate about the industry and its future. We are trying to dramatically grow our network to help as many people as possible.