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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

Artists must master many skills beyond making art in order to become self-sustaining professionals. Often, these skills and resources are best acquired through experience. A mentor, having established their own career, can pass along crucial knowledge, connections, and support.

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. 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.

  • Attendance at 3 group meetings is mandatory. 

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

 

TO APPLY, please upload the following to a single folder in Dropbox and email 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. 

Deadline to apply is June 15 each year. Only digital submissions will be accepted. 

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:

  • 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

STAY TUNED FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR 2019 VISITING MENTOR!

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

TO APPLY, please upload the following to a single folder in Dropbox and email to carfac2@sasktel.net

  • A letter of interest. Why do you want to participate in the program? How will the experience benefit your professional practice? State your top three preferred dates and times for a studio visit. (max 1 page)

    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.

Deadline to apply is May 18, 2018. Only digital submissions will be accepted. 

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CRITICAL ART WRITING MENTORSHIP

Presented in partnership with BlackFlash Magazine, the Critical Art Writing Mentorship program supports writers as they grow their critical art writing capacities. Through a combination of one-on-one mentorship and group workshops, emerging 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. 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • The mentorship is for eight months.

  • 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 covered by CARFAC SASK.

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

  • Mentee attendance at 4 group workshops is mandatory. 

  • Mentors reside in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada.

  • Mentees must be Saskatchewan residents.

STAY TUNED FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR 2019-2020 MENTORS!

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

  • a cover letter, outlining your writing goals and your particular interest in the program. How would your current work benefit from the support of the program? How will you devote adequate time to the development of your work in the program while balancing other commitments? (max 2 pages)

  • a resume/cv (max 3 pages)

  • two samples of your writing (max 3 pages)

Application deadline TBA. Only digital submissions will be accepted. 

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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.

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.