Rolex brings young artists together with great masters for extraordinary mentorships
theatre director Maya Zbib, Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir and Egyptian composer, Dina El Wedidi. Rolex says the initiative grew out of a desire in the late 1990s to support artists in the same way that the Rolex Awards for Enterprise were supporting scientists, environmentalists and explorers. Although money is involved – the mentor is paid 50,000 USD and the protégé 25,000 USD, with another 25,000 USD put towards making a work – there is no obligation to produce anything at the end of the cycle. All they’re asked to do, is hold a creative conversation with the mentor supporting the protégé in their chosen endeavours.