Before the Faith exhibition opened, we asked artists Jason Wing and Paris Norton about being a mentor and emerging artist in the Left Field Collective. Their responses show just how far this project has come – and how the process of mentorship is not just a one-way street:
Jason Wing: I’ve been lucky enough to be one of the mentors from the beginning… that’s four years of development. There have been so many successes: regional gallery shows, finalists in art prizes, travel, it’s pretty amazing. I’m thrilled with the quality [of the Faith exhibition] and I challenge anyone to come in, not read the names and pick mentor and mentee… I don’t think they could do it and that’s a great success I feel.
Paris Norton: As an Aboriginal emerging artist as part of Left Field it’s been really a big honour for me to exhibit alongside the mentors and show the progress that we’ve made as a group… to the point where now I feel comfortable exhibiting alongside them. If you had asked me four years ago to do it I never would have.
Jason Wing: The boundary between mentor and mentee is more flat than that – we’re actually learning from each other and that’s actually just our way. Culturally that’s all we do, we share – everything we know we give for the collective benefit.
The Left Field Collective is currently exhibiting the Faith exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, on until Sunday 19 November.