MAC: Rural Art Mentorship Program

The Manitoba Arts Network is partnering with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) to deliver a mentorship program to rural artists in the Interlake Region of Manitoba. This program will take place over a six- month period from September 2012 through March 2013 with a break over Christmas. A group of four mentees will be co-mentored by professional artists Diane Whitehouse and Linda Fairfield.

The program will culminate with an exhibition of new work by the mentees, produced during the mentorship program. The exhibition will be showcased at MAWA in Winnipeg during the month of February 2013 and then will travel to the New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli in March 2013.
If you are an artist or an aspiring artist in the Interlake region of Manitoba who is working in any media (photography, sculpture, found objects, painting, drawing, video, sound, printmaking, etc.!) then this program is for you.  In this six-month program, professional Winnipeg artists Diane Whitehouse and Linda Fairfield will mentor and share their experiences with a small group of rural artists. Group and individual meetings will take place one weekend per month in the participants’ home communities and in Winnipeg, from September 2012 to March 2013 with a break over Christmas.
What you can expect from the Rural Art Mentorship Program:
Discussion, feedback and professional advice about your artwork
Learn how to write an artists’ statement
Explore the idea of producing a body of work
Learn to document your artwork
Develop a network within the arts community
Learn how to work with a group to create and mount a gallery exhibition
Learn how to write arts grant applications
Learn how to apply to galleries for exhibitions
Establish goals and next steps for your art career
Participants will be selected based on:
The quality and potential of the work submitted
The applicant’s willingness to dedicate time to the program
To apply for the Rural Art Mentorship Program, please submit:
A letter about your artistic background this should describe what you make, the ideas that drive your work, and why you want to be in the project.
Up to 10 jpg images of your artwork on CD or by email or up to ten photographs or a maximum of 2 DVD videos
Applications are due at Manitoba Arts Network by Friday, August 31, 2012.
Please submit by e-mail to visualarts@mbartsnet.caand put “Mentorship” in the subject heading, or by snail mail to 203-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg MB R3B 1H3.
There is no fee to apply. Successful applicants will be charged a $100 fee for the program. Any travel required will be at the participant?s own expense. Students are not eligible. Places are limited. For more information call Visual Arts Program Coordinator Tim Schouten at 204.943.0036 or
This Program is generously supported by the Manitoba Arts Council