Mentorship

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 women 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 in the visual arts 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 programs@mawa.ca.

  • 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