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Our mentorship opportunities assist artists in their professional development and create platforms for increased public exposure of their work. For more information on any of our mentorship programs, please contact Terri at programs.sask@carfac.ca.

 
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FOUNDATIONAL MENTORSHIP

The Mentorship program supports visual artists working together in an informal, peer-learning framework, with experienced artists mentoring evolving artists. The pair’s direction is led by the mentee’s goals. Mentors are seasoned professionals who provide personalized support, training, advice, encouragement, and feedback on a regular basis. Mentees gain professional development, technical skills, and increased confidence. All participants experience revitalized art practices and enhanced community, and artists at many career stages can benefit from working with a mentor! 

 
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PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • The program runs from September 1 to June 30 each year.

  • The program is absolutely free.

  • Mentors receive $3125 for each mentee they support (max 2).

  • Mentees receive a $500 materials subsidy. 

  • Participants may be eligible for travel subsidy.

  • Mentorship pairs are required to spend a minimum of 7 hours/month working together.

  • Mentees should expect to dedicate significant additional time to their art practice and/or their goals during the mentorship.

  • Attendance at 3 group meetings is mandatory. 

  • Participants must be Saskatchewan residents and should not be students.

 

TO APPLY, please email the following to programs.sask@carfac.ca:

MENTEE ARTISTS:

  • a letter of application - What are your goals as an artist? How would your current work benefit from support of the program? How will you devote adequate time to the development of your work while balancing other commitments? (max 2 pages)
    AND

  • a link to your website

    OR

  • a resume/cv (max 2 pages)

  • 10 jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with accompanying image list (including title, date, media, dimensions). Include links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email. 

MENTOR ARTISTS:

  • a letter of application - Why are you interested in mentoring? How will you support your mentee? (max 2 pages)

    AND

  • a link to your website

    OR

  • a resume/cv (max 2 pages)

  • 10 jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with accompanying image list (including title, date, media, dimensions). Include links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email. 

Please combine all written components into a single PDF document and email with the subject heading: YOUR NAME - Foundational Mentorship Submission. Please ensure the PDF document also includes your name. Include all supporting images in a Google Drive folder titled: YOUR NAME - Foundational Mentorship Submission. If you prefer to send a link to your website rather than a cv and images, please include the link in your letter of application and send the letter as a PDF document. Digital or physical submissions in any other format than described here will not be accepted.

Questions about application requirements and about the details of your mentorship proposal may be directed to: programs.sask@carfac.ca. We strongly encourage applicants to develop their letters of application in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

*Please note that materials submitted by mentors are not adjudicated by the jury; they are used to determine the relevance of a mentorship pairing only, pending mentee selection.

Deadline to apply is June 15 each year. 

VISITING MENTOR

The Visiting Mentor program is an advanced mentorship opportunity for mid-career and established professional artists to connect with an artist, curator, or art critic. Each spring, a mentor travels to Saskatchewan to provide private studio visits and/or critiques to support and strengthen the participants' practices. This program is free to CARFAC members and $45 to non-members.

Visiting Mentors have included nationally recognized and acclaimed individuals, such as:

  • Sarah Ciurysek, 2019

  • Peter Morin, 2018

  • Brendan Lee Satish Tang, 2017

  • Luanne Martineau, 2016

  • Michelle LaVallee and Adrian Stimson, 2015

  • Ed Pien, 2014

  • Cliff Eyland, 2013

  • Nancy Tousley, 2012

  • Wayne Baerwaldt, 2011

OUR NEXT VISITING MENTOR WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SPRING 2020.

The Visiting Mentor will conduct studio visits and public artist talks in Regina and Saskatoon. Visits in other centres may be offered depending on interest. Spots are limited.


TO APPLY, please email the following to programs.sask@carfac.ca:

  • A brief email stating your top three preferred dates and times for a studio visit. Why do you want to participate in the program?

    AND

  • A link to your website

    OR

  • A resume (max 3 pages) and 5 images of your work (JPG) or a short video (max 5 minute segment) labelled with artist name and title of work. Include an image list with title, date, media, and dimensions. Include links and/or password to any online multimedia documentation in your submissions email.

Please send your cv and image list as a single PDF document with the subject heading: YOUR NAME - Visiting Mentor Submission. Please ensure the PDF document also includes your name. Include all supporting images in a Google Drive folder titled: YOUR NAME - Visiting Mentor Submission. If you prefer to send a link to your website rather than a cv and images, please include the link in your email. Digital or physical submissions in any other format than described here will not be accepted.

Deadline to apply will be announced in spring 2020. 

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CRITICAL ART WRITING MENTORSHIP

Presented in partnership with BlackFlash Magazine and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Critical Art Writing (CAW) Mentorship program supports writers as they grow their critical art writing capacities. Through a combination of one-on-one mentorship and group workshops, writers will develop their ability to enliven the critical discourse of the province and beyond. The program will provide professional support, editorial guidance, and opportunities for publication through the development of rigorous contemporary discourse, writing projects, practical skills, and editing experiences.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • The mentorship is for eight months, beginning in October.

  • The program is absolutely free.

  • Mentors receive a fee for their support of the mentee.

  • Mentees receive a small materials subsidy. 

  • Expenses for travel to group workshops are subsidized by CARFAC SASK.

  • Mentorship pairs are required to spend a minimum of 7 hours/month working together.

  • Mentees should expect to dedicate significant additional time to their writing practice and/or their goals during the mentorship.

  • Mentees must attend 2 symposia during the program, where mentors will each present a workshop. 

  • Mentors reside in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada.

  • Mentees must be Saskatchewan residents.

ANNOUNCING OUR 2019-20 MENTORS!

BLAIR FORNWALD is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and writer based in Regina, SK, Treaty Four Territory, where she is Dunlop Art Gallery and RPL Film Theatre’s Curator of Moving Image and Performance. Her practices are united by a collaborative impulse and interests in the aesthetics of failure, the expression of vulnerability, and the use of humour to confront difficult truths. Fornwald has presented work across Canada, the United States, and in Germany, has curated over forty projects, including nationally-touring exhibitions, and has published writing for Dunlop Art Gallery, Black Dog Publishing, Neutral Ground, Vtape, the Organization for Saskatchewan Arts Councils and CARFAC Saskatchewan, and PUBLIC, BlackFlash, and Boulderpavement magazines. Fornwald holds a BFA (2002) from the University of Regina, and an MFA (2007) from Western University, London, Ontario, Upper Canada Treaty Territory.

WRITING EXPERTISE: curatorial essays, exhibition texts, personal essays and texts on art and theory (particularly on queer and feminist art and practice), writing artist statements, grant applications, and other texts that describe and contextualize one’s own practice, editing and copyediting

AMY FUNG is a writer and organizer. She is currently a Doctoral student at Carleton University and received her Masters in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009 with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. Her art writing appears in monographs and publications nationally and internationally. Her first book, Before I was a Critic, I was a Human Being takes on Canada’s mythologies of multiculturalism and settler colonialism through the lens of a national art critic (Artspeak and Book*hug 2019). 

WRITING EXPERTISE: experimental writing, critical writing and editing

JOHN G. HAMPTON (they/them or he/him) is the Director of Programs at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. John holds a Masters of Visual Studies – Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto; has contributed writing to the Journal of Curatorial Studies, Black Flash, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Magenta Magazine, and various exhibition catalogues; has taught writing for visual arts as a sessional instructor at Brandon University, and has acted as a curatorial mentor for placements at Trinity Square Video, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, the University of Toronto, and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. Their areas of interest include issues of identity formation, Indigenous epistemologies, aesthetics of attention, virtuality, ontologies of the non-human, and histories of gender, masculinity, and whiteness. He is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, the United States, and Canada, and grew up in Regina, SK.

WRITING EXPERTISE: curatorial, artist statements, grants, experimental, personal, and academic 

NASRIN HIMADA is a Palestinian writer, curator and editor residing in Winnipeg, on Treaty 1 Territory. Nasrin’s writing on contemporary art has appeared in many acclaimed contemporary arts publications such as Canadian Art, C Magazine, and MICE. They have collaborated with film festivals and art institutions across Canada and the US, among them being The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain, and Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. Nasrin has been the co-editor of several contemporary arts magazines, including the online platform contemptorary.org. Currently, they are the assistant curator at Plug In ICA.

WRITING EXPERTISE: critical essays, reviews, essays for exhibition catalogues, nonfiction/prose, poetry 

LINDSAY NIXON is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, editor, writer, SSHRC doctoral scholarship recipient and McGill Art History PhD student. Nixon won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indigenous Voices Literary Award and several National Magazine Awards. They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art and previously edited mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent Indigenous art, art criticism and literature journal. Their writing has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, Mice, esse, The Inuit Art Quarterly, Teen Vogue and other publications. Nixon’s first book nîtisânak is out now through Metonymy Press.

WRITING EXPERTISE: journalistic (including features, investigative, reviews, editorials), critical essays for print and online, editing, poetry and long form writing, particular interest in experimental forms of creative non-fiction

with GUIDING MENTOR:

SKY GOODDEN is the founding publisher and editor of Momus (momus.ca), an international online art publication and podcast that stresses “a return to art criticism.” Momus has been shortlisted for two International Awards for Art Criticism since its inauguration in 2014, and has attracted over 900,000 readers. Goodden was the Artist-in-Residence at Montreal’s Concordia University in 2018-19, and holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which in 2016 awarded her with an "Alumni of Influence" award. She has published in Frieze, Art in America, Modern Painters, Canadian Art, C Magazine, the National Post, and Art21.

WRITING EXPERTISE: editing, publishing, reviewing, and art criticism in the digital age

Note that Sky Goodden will not be paired with a mentee; rather, she will offer monthly writing prompts to all participants to enrich their experiences in the program.


TO APPLY, please email the following to programs.sask@carfac.ca:

  • a brief letter outlining your proposed focus or project for the mentorship. What two or three goals do you wish to achieve? In what area(s) of art writing or criticism would you like to develop your skills? From our roster of mentors, which two would you most prefer to work with and why? (max 500 words)

  • a brief bio (max 250 words)

  • a resume/cv (max 2 pages)

  • two samples of your writing (max 4 pages)

Please email all material as a single PDF document with the subject heading: YOUR NAME - CAW Submission. Please ensure the PDF document also includes your name. Digital or physical submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

Application deadline is August 30, 2019. 

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TRAVELLING MENTOR

Are you a rural artist looking for feedback in your studio? Do you want to discuss your work with an artist who understands the challenges and rewards of working in rural Saskatchewan? Artists engaged in all media are invited to schedule a free, private studio visit with our Travelling Mentor!

The Travelling Mentor program is designed to support the practices of artists working outside of major centres in Saskatchewan, offering critical engagement, peer-networking, and professional development. Through private studio visits, artists will have the opportunity to present, discuss, and gain feedback on their work to encourage sustained, in-depth creative growth throughout the province.

Our 2019-2020 Travelling Mentor is internationally recognized artist, Heather Benning! Following a public artist talk or workshop in a community near you, Heather will conduct studio visits with artists working throughout the region. For more information about Travelling Mentor opportunities, email programs.sask@carfac.ca or follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook.

Heather Benning currently lives and works in Swift Current, though much of her career has been spent in rural Saskatchewan. She completed a bachelor of fine arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a master of sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Between her degrees, Benning returned to Saskatchewan, where she completed several large-scale, site-specific installations. She has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada (Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Ontario) and abroad (United States, Spain, Germany, Scotland, England and France). Heather’s work has been reviewed in Canadian Art Magazine (Spring 2005, 2011), Sculpture Magazine (Spring 2008), Galleries West (2009), Espace (Winter 2009/2010), Uppercase Magazine (Issue 8), Studio Magazine, and The National Post.