PUG Mentoring Programme 2019 Call Out


Are you an artist who would like to chat to another artist about their art? 

Are you based in the North East? 

Would you describe yourself as early-career? (This does not mean young! You may also have had a long career working in a different practice and are now trying something new).

PUG is piloting a mentoring programme.

Successful applicants will have three (one-hour long) Skype/Whatsapp Video chats with a mentor. They will also receive a £100 stipend. 

These chats will take place between September – December 2019. 

Through these chats with mentors we aim for mentees to: 

  • Increase knowledge of their specific practice. 
  • Practice talking about and around their artwork. 
  • Learn about other artists/creatives to meet or follow.
  • Learn about different opportunities outside the North East. 
  • Generally increase their resilience by talking about the industry and different ways of working. 

How to apply

Check you meet the following criteria

  • You’re an early-career artist
  • You’re based in the North East

Have a look at the mentors bios and websites below. Does their practice genuinely link to yours in some way? Check their availability against your own. 

To apply please write a short paragraph answering the following question: 

“Why would working with this mentor be useful to your practice or career?” 

Other formats such as video or audio track very welcome. 

Please also attach an example of an artwork you have made (this might be a photograph, image, poem, piece of writing, video or something else). 

Send these to PUG producer, Rosa Postlethwaite via rosapostlethwaite@gmail.com

Deadline: 23:59, 26th August 2019 

Deadline extension: 23:59 5th September 2019

Unfortunately we will not be able to accept applications past this date. We will respond to all applications by Friday 14th September. 

PUG programming team Rosa Postlethwaite, Hannah Walker and Jamie Cook will select mentees based on how much they think they will benefit from the programme. If you have any questions please get in touch at the email address above. 

If selected 

If selected, mentees will be asked to provide mentors with a short paragraph about their practice, they can use their application if preferred. 

PUG will introduce you to the mentor and together we will organise when the Skype/Whatsapp Video chats will take place. 

Following your first skype sessions you can invoice for the £100 stipend. 

As this is a pilot programme we will also ask you to fill in an anonymous questionnaire to collect feedback.   

Being selected unfortunately does not mean you will be programmed at a PUG event – nor will it stop you from being! 

Mentor bios

Last Yearz Interesting Negro 

Last Yearz Interesting Negro is the performance project of London based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. Their choreographies are dreamspaces and battlegrounds, that build atmospheric landscapes through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning. Working with dramaturgies of sculpture, electronic music, poetry, video, texture, a public and always dancing, Jamila isn’t so interested in genre and her practice moves across various spaces, contexts and roles, also curating and hosting spaces for conversation and artistic exchange. She collaborates regularly with Alexandrina Hemsley (Project O), Phoebe Collings-James, Fernanda Muñoz-Newome, Shelley Parker and Rowdy SS.

Availability for mentoring: dates to be confirmed with mentee. 


Mamoru Iriguchi 

Mamoru is an award-winning performance maker and theatre designer with a background in zoology. The Edinburgh-based artist’s performance works explore 2D and 3D, liveness and pre-recorded-ness, gender and sexuality, fairytales and evolution theories. 

His performance pieces include Eaten (Nominated, Best Production for Children and Young people, Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland), 4D Cinema (Autopsy Award), PAINKILLERS (The Yard NOW commission), One Man Show (The Place Prize commission), Projector/Conjector (Aerowaves Spring Forward), Into the Skirt (Künstlerhaus Moustonturm commission) and Pregnant?! They all toured in the UK and internationally. 

He also makes intimate participatory performance work, including The Tallest (Tate Early Years & Families commission), I’m So Confessional, and Bang Bang. They were shown at Wellcome Collection, Brixton Market, Tramway, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Tate Britain and many more diverse locations. 

Mamoru’s theatre design includes Mincemeat (Cardboard Citizens, Best Design, Evening Standard Theatre Awards) and Love Song to Lavender Menace (James Ley, The Lyceum, Edinburgh). 

Availability for mentoring: dates to be confirmed with mentee. 



Scottee is a artist and writer, working across theatre, fine art and installation with no formal education. In 2010, as an emerging artist he won the title of Time Out Performer of the Year, since then he has been creating provocative work for audiences across UK, Europe, Australia, Japan and the US. 

His debut solo tour The Worst of Scottee won the prestigious Total Theatre Award in 2014. Scottee’s critically acclaimed Putting Words in Your Mouth uncovered a queer community turning to neo-nationalist groups and was named one of Matt Trueman’s top shows of 2017. This quickly followed sell-out tour and his first stage text Bravado exploring working class masculinity. Currently he is touring ‘a sort of dance show’ Fat Blokes across England, Scotland and Ireland. 

Scottee is co-host on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends. His debut radio documentary My Big Fat Documentary was made BBC Radio 4’s Documentary of the Week. Scottee is not easily definable, his work is brash, political and will often purposefully leave you a bit annoyed, overwhelmed but never impartial.

Availability for mentoring: 

14:00 23rd September 

11:00 11th November 

11:00 20th November 


Supported by Sunday for Sammy and Arts Council England. Many thanks!


+44 (0) 77577 39643


Space Six, Floor Six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE



PUG, performance cabaret night comes to The Stand Comedy Club!

PUG is an evening of comedy, dance, art and all the glorious things in between. Highly political, soulful and surprising, PUG presents performances by visual artists, dancers, poets, theatre-makers and people who work across all these art forms.

And there’s a cheeky disco.

Hosted by Hannah Walker, Rosa Postlethwaite and Jamie Cook.

Line-up: What’s That Dance, Honourous_Chun, Strange Boy and Figs in Wigs. See programme here.

When: Sunday 25th August, Doors 7:00pm, Show & Disco 8.30 – 11.30pm

Where: The Stand Comedy Club. The Stand website here.

Tickets: PUG tickets are Pay What You Decide.
When you arrive at PUG you will be given an envelope in which you can anonymously pay an amount of your choice for your ticket. Please leave this at the front desk during or after the show.

Reserve a ticket by calling The Stand on 0191 300 9700

Suitability: 18+

Content and Trigger Warning: strong language, loud music, track used in performance, ‘Requiem for Hit’ contains the lyrics ‘I Beat that Bitch with a hit’. Written by Miss Kittin this song is a feminist interpretation of the house track ‘I Beat that bitch with a bat’.

PUG#8 will be filmed and photographed to document the performances and to market future PUG events. Please let Rosa know via the email below if you do not which to be filmed or photographed.

Please contact PUG Producer, Rosa at rosa@pugnight.co.uk if you have any questions.

ROSA POSTLETHWAITE | +44 (0) 77577 39643 | info@pugnight.co.uk | Space Six, Floor Six, 39 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE

All images on PUG website by Chris Bishop www.picturesbybish.com