Mentorship

The 2016/2017 FMP group, September 2016

Foundation Mentorship Program

Foundation Mentorship Program 2017/2018

  • Dates: September 2017 – September 2018
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4:00pm

$300 fee for the program for successful applicants.  Free to apply.  Applicants must be MAWA members.  Application Deadline Extended: Thursday, May 4, by 4pm

Call for Submissions
Year-long Mentorship Program, Sept. 2017 – Sept. 2018
Application deadline extended: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4pm
For all women-identified visual artists

Click here to download the FMP info package

The Foundation Mentorship Program (FMP) has been the core of MAWA’s 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 FMP describe it as having been “pivotal,” “transformative” and “life changing.” 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.

How does it work? The FMP is a year-long program in which established artists share their experience with developing artists. Mentors meet individually with their mentees for 4 hours per month, and the entire FMP group meets for 3 hours per month for critiques, discussion, gallery visits and other activities.

Applicants are selected based on the quality and potential of the artwork submitted, the emerging artist’s willingness to dedicate time to the program, and the mentor’s ability to work with the emerging artist because they share a medium or conceptual interest. Mentors choose mentees who they feel they can help. Potential mentees of all adult ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be charged a $300 fee for the program. There is no fee to apply, although you must be a MAWA member. Students are not eligible.

If you have applied before and were unsuccessful, consider revisiting your application and the quality of your images and applying again. Demand for this program far outstrips available spaces. Sometimes the mentors agree that an artist’s work is excellent, but they do not feel that they have the specific skills or experience to help that artist. Another year, another mentor might select you.

To apply for the Foundation Mentorship Program:

 Please email a single pdf document containing:

  • a letter outlining why you want to participate in this program and what you hope to achieve through mentorship (make sure the letter also includes information regarding how we can contact you by phone, email and post); please also describe your artistic practice (if English is not your first langauge and you would would like to apply verbally, please call the office and we can make accommodations)
  • an artist résumé (maximum three pages)
  • up to 20 embedded jpg images of your artwork or links to up to 10 minutes of video captioned with titles of the work, the media, date completed and dimensions

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. Applications are due at MAWA by Friday, April 28 at 4pm. Email applications to programs@mawa.ca and put “FMP” in the subject heading. 

Mentors

  • Sharon Alward

    Sharon Alward is a performance artist who explores issues related to postmodern religious thought. Through her work, she invites her audiences to question dualistic thinking and to experience a bodily dimension of knowledge. Specifically, she questions the metaphysical, moral and epistemological role of the contemporary artist through the use of ritual symbolism. Her interdisciplinary investigation into art and religious thought is focused on the performative body.

  • Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. Most frequently, Cooper works with clay and metals and she has built her own equipment to cast bronze. She has also created public art commissions and has curated community projects and exhibitions. Her work often explores tensions between humans and their environment. Cooper’s previous positions include instructor for the AGSM and Art City, artist-in-residence at Red Deer College and Carberry, and mentor for MAWA’s Mini-Mentorship and Manitoba Arts Network’s Rural Arts Mentorship Program. She is currently the Manager of Educational Programming at Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Cooper has exhibited locally and nationally and her work is held in the Winnipeg Art Gallery collection. She is the recipient of the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation Award (2016) and is currently co-curating a public art project in downtown Brandon.

  • Jaimie Isaac

    Jaimie Isaac’s curatorial practice focuses on Decolonization: mapping the agency and aesthetics of Indigenous Curatorial Praxis within contemporary Canadian art. She is currently the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Aboriginal Curatorial Resident and has created exhibits including BoarderX and We Are on Treaty Land. She has also worked in art collections management, arts education and workshops and held various roles in art administration. Working in these diverse areas has informed and influenced Isaac’s career as a freelance curator and interdisciplinary artist. She has published essays, presented at national and international conferences, participated in artist residencies and collaborated, curated and exhibited work nationally. Isaac is a former MAWA mentee and a founding member of The Ephemerals Collective, an all-female Indigenous arts collective. 

  • Jennie O’Keefe (aka Jennie O)

    Jennie O’Keefe is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist who is an alumna of MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program and holds a degree in anthropology. Tongue-in-cheek at first glance, her work invites the viewer to critically respond to gender, social and family roles, human vs. animal, the environment, culture and identity. She is best known for her dolls created in a variety of media, which combine biography, myth and folklore. O’Keefe is workshop facilitator for the Youth Outreach Program at Martha Street Studio and an artist with Artist in the Schools. She has orchestrated large and small community engaged art projects in Winnipeg, northern communities and the US, and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. 

  • hannah_g

    hannah_g is a writer, contemporary storyteller, and interdisciplinary artist. Her academic background is in literature & philosophy and modern & contemporary poetry respectively but after completing her post-graduate studies, she became involved with several visual arts organisations, most notably the Cube Microplex, where she cut her teeth as an arts programmer. As an artist, hannah's work is varied, with her chief areas of interest being the effect of recollection on identity and interrupting personal and public spaces, often with a queer edge. She has performed and exhibited in Canada, England, Belgium, Romania, and the USA.  As a contemporary art programmer, hannah is committed to supporting artists in the realization of their ideas and works via professional and institutional generosity. As such, at aceartinc., in addition to mounting five exhibitions annually by emerging artists, she co-founded the Cartae Open School and founded the current Flux Gallery. She is also the editor of the gallery's annual anthology of art writing.