Foundation Mentorship Program

The Foundation Mentorship Program has been MAWA’s core activity since 1985. It is offered each year because it is so effective in helping participants in their journey toward being professional artists. Many artists who have gone through the program describe it as having been “pivotal” and “transformative.”

It is a year-long program in which established artists share their experience with developing artists. It is designed to help women and non-binary visual artists develop skills and define their decision-making philosophies, and to provide access to the information, resources and support they need to realize their goals. In addition to a one-on-one relationship with a mentor, the program provides a peer group for the mentees through group meetings.

MAWA mentors have achieved a high level of respect for their artistic production locally, nationally and internationally. They are connected to the art world. They know how to share information and skills. They communicate effectively. They are committed to building community.

How does it work? Mentors meet individually with their mentees for 4 hours per month, and the entire group meets for 3 hours monthly for critiques, discussion, gallery visits and other activities.

MAWA announces a call for applications to be a mentee every April. Applicants are selected based on the quality and potential of the work submitted, the emerging artist’s willingness to dedicate time to the program, and the mentor’s ability to work with the emerging artist because of mutuality of practice or conceptual framework. Potential mentees of all adult ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact Adriana Alarcon, Program Coordinator, at 204-949-9490 or

  • Foundation Mentorship Program 2021/2022

    Foundation Mentorship Program, Sept 2021 - Sept 2022 with Mentors Eleanor Bond, Blair Fornwald, Sarah Fuller, Rhayne Vermette, Val T. Wint. Extended application deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021 at noon. For all women and non-binary visual artists based in or near Winnipeg.

    September 2021 – August 2022

  • Foundation Mentorship Program 2020/2021

    Foundation Mentorship Program, Sept 2020 - Sept 2021 with Mentors Lori Blondeau, Nasrin Himada, Andrea Oliver Roberts, Suzie Smith, Tricia Wasney. Application deadline: Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 4pm. For all women and non-binary visual artists. 

    September 2020 – August 2021

  • Foundation Mentorship Program 2019/2020

    Foundation Mentorship Program, Sept 2019 – Sept 2020 with Mentors Yvette Cenerini, Sarah Crawley, Leslie Supnet, Jenny Western & Lisa Wood. Extended application deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 4pm. For all women and non-binary visual artists. 

    September 2019 – August 2020

  • Foundation Mentorship Program 2018/2019

    Applications accepted for the Foundation Mentorship Program 2018/2019 until Tuesday, May 8.  Mentors include Amy Karlinsky, Erika MacPherson, Brenna George, Gurpreet Sehra, and Helene Vosters

    September 2018 – September 2019

  • Foundation Mentorship Program 2017/2018

    Applications accepted for the Foundation Mentorship Program 2017/2018.  Mentors include KC Adams, Sharon Alward, Chris Cooper, hannah_g, and Jennie O'Keefe

    September 2017 – September 2018

  • Foundation Mentorship Program 2016/2017

    Applications accepted for the Foundation Mentorship Program 2016/2017.  Mentors include Sarah Ciurysek, Julie Nagam, Freya Olafson, and Ione Thorkelsson

    September 2016 – September 2017

  • Foundation Mentorship 2015/2016

    The 2015/2016 Foundation Mentorship is a year-long program which runs September 2015 - September 2016 and features four fantastic mentors: Seema Goel, Natalia Lebedinskaia, Shawna McLeod, and Praba Pilar.

    September 2015 – September 2016

  • Foundation Mentorship 2014/2015

    The 2014/2015 Foundation Mentorship is a year-long program which runs September 2014 - September 2015 and features four fantastic mentors: Divya Mehra, Mélanie Rocan, Reva Stone, and Daina Warren.

    September 2014 – September 2015

  • Foundation Mentorship 2013/2014

    The 2013/2014 Foundation Mentorship was a year-long program which ran September 2013 - September 2014 and featured four fantastic mentors: Eleanor Bond, Ewa Tarsia, Rebecca Belmore, and Kristin Nelson.

    September 2013 – September 2014

  • Foundation Mentorship 2012/2013

    The 2012/2012 Foundation Mentorship was a year-long program which ran September 2012 - September 2013 and featured four fantastic mentors: Aganetha Dyck, Suzie Smith, Lisa Stinner, and Val Klassen.

    September 2012 – September 2013