The 2017/2018 FMP group, September 2017

Foundation Mentorship Program

Foundation Mentorship Program 2018/2019

  • Dates: September 2018 – September 2019
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 11:59pm

 Extended Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

$300 fee for the program for successful applicants.  Free to apply.  Applicants must be MAWA members. 

Indigenous peoples, visible and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply and self-identify.

Call for Submissions

Year-long Mentorship Program, Sept 2018 – Sept 2019
Extended application deadline: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
For all women-identified visual artists

Download the 2018/2019 FMP Info Package

The Foundation Mentorship Program (FMP) has been the core of MAWA’s programming activity since 1985. It is offered each year because it is so effective in helping participants in their journey towards being professional artists. Women who have gone through the FMP describe it as having been “pivotal,” “transformative” and “life changing.” It is designed to help women-identified people 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. It is a year-long program in which established artists (mentors) meet individually with their mentees for 4 hours per month to share their experience, expertise and advice. 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 through a shared 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 apply 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 language and you would would like to apply verbally, please call the office and we can make accommodations)
  • an artist résumé (maximum 3 pages)
  • up to 20 embedded jpg images of your artwork captioned with the title of the work, the media, date completed and dimensions, or links to up to 3 minutes of video

 If you are not already a member, please also submit a MAWA membership form and payment. MAWA memberships cost $15 for underwaged persons and $30 for others. Applications are due at MAWA by Friday, April 27 at 4pm. Email applications to and put “FMP Application” in the subject line.


  • Amy Karlinsky

    Amy Karlinsky is an art critic, editor, educator and curator who has taught theory and criticism, writing and Canadian art at universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. As an independent curator, she has produced shows for public and private galleries, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Gallery 111 and St. John’s College. As an art critic, she has contributed regularly to the Winnipeg Free Press and Border Crossings, and she has published over 100 essays and articles for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Blackflash, Etudes Inuit Studies, Urban Shaman Gallery, Martha Street Studio, La Maison des artistes and more. She has taught at Baker Lake, Tec Voc and Villa Rosa, and she has contributed to the Manitoba arts curriculum. She is the former director of the Nunnatta Sunaquatngirt Museum in Iqaluit. Her interests are in innovation and creativity, theory and narrative structures, psychology, interpretation and collaboration.

    Figure Ground: Paintings and Drawings of Ivan Eyre, exhibition catalogue, Amy Karlinsky, curator, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2005

  • Erika MacPherson

    Erika MacPherson is a video artist and documentary filmmaker whose current thinking and practice queerly explores questions arising from a critical white-settler perspective. Spanning concepts of deep silence, sentience, justice, agency and the inter-relationship of everything, her works range from clearly obscure DIY experimental installation to linear narratives. Her recent projects include this river, a film about the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared, and Heimþrá (In Thrall to Home) about the arduous treks that led her family to Manitoba where they settled in the 1800s. this river, produced by the NFB and co-written and co-directed with Katherena Vermette, won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary in 2017. Heimþrá (In Thrall to Home) will premiere in Winnipeg in March..

    Erika MacPherson, May We Grow, video, 2013

  • Gurpreet Sehra

    Gurpreet Sehra is a multidisciplinary artist who works in traditional and contemporary media, including textile, painting, video, printmaking and installation. She has completed three public art commissions in Winnipeg. She has exhibited, held artist residencies and presented at interdisciplinary conferences across Europe and North America.

  • Helene Vosters

    Helene Vosters is an artist-scholar-activist whose work focuses on issues of state violence, social memory, and the role of performance and aesthetic practices in mobilizing engagement. A self-taught multi-disciplinary artist—performance, craft and relational arts—her practice utilizes a task-based labour aesthetic. Her durational, counter-memorial meditations include: Impact Afghanistan War; Unravel: A meditation on the warp and weft of militarism; Flag of Tears; and Stitch-by-Stitch. Vosters has published articles in Canadian and international journals (Performance Research, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research in Theatre, and Canadian Theatre Review), and book sections in Performance Studies in Canada, Performing Objects and Theatrical Things and Theatre of Affect.

    Helene Vosters, Impact Afghanistan War, performance, 2010-2011. Photo by Shannon Scott

  • Brenna George

    Brenna George paints emotions and autobiographical abstractions with juicy brushwork and colour in oil. She has mentored and taught painting online for the Forum Art Center and the Rural Arts Mentorship Program, and runs painting classes through her website. She also offers online one-on-one mentoring and art career mentoring sessions.