Mentorship

Barb Hunt, antipersonnel, knitted yarns (life-size replicas), 2001. Collection of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada Council York Wilson Endowment Award, photo Art Gallery of Ontario

Focussed Mentorships

Material Investigations with Barb Hunt

  • April 24, 2019 – June 19, 2019
  • Application Deadline: April 2, 2019 at 11:59pm
  • MAWA, 611 Main Street

Free to apply; $75 enrollment fee. For women and non-binary art educators who are MAWA members. Application deadline: Tuesday, April 2

Apply by Tuesday, April 2

Meeting dates: Wednesdays, April 24, May 22 & June 19, 2019 6:30 - 9pm at MAWA

This 3-month Focussed Mentorship is for art educators at all stages of their careers, who have dedicated their professional lives to helping others find their voice and now want to commit to ongoing artistic production of their own.

In this mentorship, Barb will guide participants in developing their studio practice. She will offer some strategies for discovering their own voice in their work. This will be achieved through material explorations, delving into research areas of interest, feminist approaches to supportive conversations, readings, information about professional practices, lots of practical advice and more. 

Barb Hunt is a former educator who taught at the post-secondary level for twenty-two years (Western University, Queen’s University, Memorial University of Newfoundland). She has taught drawing, installation, painting, sculpture, textiles and professional practices courses, and she has experience as a professional printmaker. During her teaching career, she was an advisor for an independent studio projects course where she assisted students in building their own art practice. She has also been involved with craft communities and was a board member for the Manitoba Craft Council, was a member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador and is currently a Craft Council of British Columbia member.

To apply for a Focussed Mentorship:

Please email a single pdf document containing:

  • a paragraph describing your practice
  • a paragraph describing why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to achieve through the focussed mentorship
  • up to 8 recent images that reflect a commitment to ongoing production.

Email applications to programs@mawa.ca and put “Focussed Mentorship 2019” in the subject line.

If you are not already a member, please also submit a MAWA membership form and payment. MAWA membership costs $15 for underwaged persons and $30 for others. Note: spaces are limited.

  • Barb Hunt

    Barb Hunt is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in many different materials and processes. She explores the social construction of gender through works such as her steel dresses, informed by eco-feminist ideas. After the death of her father, she created a series on the rituals of mourning, based in local and international research. This extended to work about the devastation of war through knitting pink replicas of antipersonnel landmines and creating installations using worn camouflage army uniforms, which often take the form of natural phenomena. Her current focus is on the juxtaposition of domestic materials, imagery from the natural environment and feminism.