Art Mentor

Art Mentor

Art mentorships grew from my experience teaching at the Master of Visual Arts program at the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. I saw many of my students struggling to continue their art practices after graduation. I started searching for opportunities for emerging Pakistani artists and sharing them with recent graduates. This became the basis for creating an Instagram page to help organise artist calls and make them more accessible. 

In addition to this, I began offering individual mentorships and group workshops to provide guidance with writing artist statements, project proposals and CVs. I have worked with artists as they write for grants, residencies, scholarships and MFA applications. Artists have applied for and received grants through the British Council, Goethe and the Toronto Arts Council, and have been accepted to prestigious programs, including the Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Mittal Institute and VASL’s annual artist residency. MFA candidates have been accepted at the Yale School of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Slade School of Fine Art, the Royal Academy of Arts and Goldsmiths at the University of London.

I continue to teach Research Methodologies, a graduate thesis writing seminar, at the NCA. I also teach a professional development course online for fourth year undergraduate students at the University of Karachi.

  • Individual Mentorships

    Individual mentorships are one-on-one sessions offered online.

    Mentorship packages are listed below.

    Please register here:

    Review of ONE Document

    Artist living in Pakistan: Rs. 6,000
    International artists: US $40

    Includes a one-hour (virtual) meeting
    Editing support for an artist statement (300 – 400 words) or
    CV (2 pages) or
    project proposal (300 – 400 words).
    Feedback on structure, formatting and grammar will be provided.
    This is an introductory rate and applies to the first meeting only. Please book one time slot.

    Exhibition Proposal

    Artist living in Pakistan: Rs. 25,000
    International artists: US $175

    Includes 3 one-hour (virtual) meetings

    This mentorship is useful for creating written documents to support a visual practice while exhibiting artworks professionally. Guidelines and editing support will be provided for an artist statement (300 – 400 words), biography (150-200 words), a CV (1-2 page) and image captions (10-12 images).
    Please book three time slots.

    For group rates (3 or more), please email


    Written Applications for Competitive Opportunities

    Artist living in Pakistan Rs. 35,000
    International artists: US $250

    Includes 4 one-hour (virtual) meetings
    This is a more involved mentorship, useful for competitive residency and grant applications as well as MFA and scholarship applications. It provides guidance for shaping applications to align with the interests of specific opportunities, including selecting images and editing support for a statement of intent / project proposal (500-750 words), a CV (1-2 pages) and image captions (10-20 images).
    Please book four time slots.

    Career Guidance (New)

    Artists living in Pakistan Rs. 8,000
    International artists: US $55

    Includes a one-hour (virtual) meeting
    This session will provide support and resources to help set career goals. This can include help with researching international exhibition opportunities, or artist residences, or selecting schools for higher education.
    Please book one time slot.

  • February 2024 workshop
    Portfolio Review and Editing
    (for submissions to international galleries)
    Saturday, February 24, 2024
    11am-1 pm and 2-4 pm (lunch provided)
    Lahore Cantt.| Rs. 12,000

    This extensive in-person workshop will provide guidelines with the explicit goal of creating a portfolio for international galleries. The workshop will include editing and sequencing images, as well as a review of artist statements and CVs, providing feedback on how to improve vocabulary, structure and clarity. Learn to research galleries and their preferences, selecting ones that are a good fit for your practice.

    Participants must have a 10-15 images, a draft of their artist statement, and a CV to attend the workshop.
    Limited seats available due to structure of the workshop.

  • Open Source Templates

For questions, please email

For selections of open calls, art-related online programming, and job opportunities, follow @ambereen.artmentor on Instagram.