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Rolex Careers: The Mentor and Protégés Arts Initiative

rolex-careersRolex Careers: The Mentor and Protégés Arts Initiative

Rolex careers go beyond the wonderful world of watchmaking, as the legendary brand features an incredible ‘Mentor and Protégés Arts Initiative.’ The program pairs “artistic masters from seven disciplines” with “highly-promising young artists for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.” Now in its 10th year, the program has become an “enriching dialogue” for artists of different generations, genres and cultures, and continues to make a considerable contribution to the world of art.

One of this year’s protégés is renowned photographer (and used Rolex enthusiast?) Sammy Baloji, an artist who splits his time between Belgium and his native Democratic Republic of Congo. Photographs of his homeland have been showcased in Europe, Africa and the United States, and his Rolex career under the mentor program has him working with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

“I was very happy to be given the opportunity to work with Olafur Eliasson, but I was a bit confused as to why Rolex had invited me to apply for the mentorship. But then I met him and began to understand why it would work,” Baloji writes on Rolex’s official site, and goes on to list Eliasson’s many accomplishments and titles. “I was astounded by Olafur’s studio in Berlin! When I visited, I was astonished by its sheer size. It’s like a factory – there are almost 80 people operating out of it! I had never seen such an immense collaboration between artists, researchers, craftsmen and architects – all under one roof and all working together,” adding how excited he is to work with Eliasson.

Baloji is merely one outstanding example of a Rolex career.

Whether applying to be an official Rolex watchmaker, mentor, protégé or other member the extended Rolex family, the brand’s patronage of the arts makes any application well worth the effort!

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