Erika MacPherson and Farideh Saffari at a Foundation Mentorship Program meeting, 2018.

One-on-One Mentorships

One-on-One Mentorships

  • December 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022
  • Application Deadline: October 21, 2021 at 12:00pm

Application deadline Thursday, Oct 21, 2021, at noon. For women and gender minority MAWA members. Cost to successful applicants: $75

This tailored, customizable, individual mentorship program is intended to serve your unique needs as a visual artist! MAWA is introducing flexible, one-on-one mentorships. Perhaps you are a mid-career artist who would like focussed feedback and advice on your work and career. Maybe you have limited time to devote to a program. Or perhaps you have unsuccessfully applied to the Foundation Mentorship Program in the past—there are often three times more applicants than spaces.

One-on-One Mentorship offers you focussed attention from a mentor of your choice. They can reside anywhere, locally, nationally or internationally. You and the mentor will be responsible for setting up meeting dates and times. At the conclusion of your time together, you and the mentor will be required to provide written feedback to help MAWA make adjustments going forward, so that subsequent participants have an even better experience! This fall, MAWA is piloting the program with mentor Michelle Pearson Clarke, a photo-based artist in Toronto, and local artist Mahlet Cuff. Their experiences will help to refine the structure of One-on-One Mentorships.

In order to prepare your application, research who you would like to work with and reach out to them to see if they would be willing and able to meet with you for 6 hours over a period of 4 months. MAWA will pay One-on-One mentors $600.

If they agree, please submit a single PDF labelled with your name that contains:

  • 5 images of your work;
  • a one-page letter introducing your proposed mentor and describing how they can help you to advance your practice;
  • your artist résumé.

Send the PDF in an email with “One-on-One” in the subject heading to Adriana at

A limited number of mentee/mentor pairings will be selected. There is no fee to apply, but you must be a MAWA member. Successful applicants will be charged $75 for the program. If finances are a barrier, please speak with MAWA staff.