Rural Art Mentorship Program: Eastman Region

  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • November 2020 – May 2021

Presented in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Network

The Rural Arts Mentorship Program (RAMP) is a ten-month mentorship for up to five visual artists from the Eastman Region. Meetings will be held at the Winnipeg River Arts Council in Lac du Bonnet over four weekends, tentatively scheduled for November, January, March and May. The mentorship will enhance artistic, conceptual and professional skills through a combination of group discussions, one-on-one meetings, studio visits, artist talks, assignments and workshops. The program will culminate in a final exhibition in the Community Gallery at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

Participants will be mentored by painter Brenna George, who studied at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and exhibits her drawings, paintings and video nationally. Her work is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

Mentees from past RAMP programs have stressed how important the mentorship was to them. It gave them clarity in the direction they wanted to pursue and helped to forge ongoing relationships with other artmakers in their region.

Apply by email to [email protected] with your name and RAMP in the subject line (i.e., Shelly Singh RAMP) or by mail to RAMP, Manitoba Arts Network, 203-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg R3B 1H3.


  • A cover letter describing your artistic background/practice, including your medium and discipline, the ideas that drive your work and why you want to be in the program (maximum of 600 words)
  • Samples of your artwork:
  • up to 10 jpg images on CD or by email, or up to 10 photographs by mail, or a maximum of 2 DVD videos or YouTube links, or a combination of 5 images and 1 video

Participating mentees will be selected on artistic merit and their willingness to commit to the program. It is free to apply. The fee for successful applicants is $175. For further information, click here.

  • Brenna George smiles at the camera while holding up a tablet with a drawing on it.

    Brenna George is known for paintings drawn from events in her life. She combines journalling and humorous insights with exuberant brushwork and anthropomorphism, which she describes as “where sentimental mushiness meets fretful thought.” Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and the Surrey Art Gallery. She has mentored at MAWA, Video Pool and the Manitoba Arts Network, and teaches painting and drawing at the WAG, RWB, Forum Art Centre and Fort Garry Palette Club.