Mentorship

CARFAC SASK offers mentorship opportunities for Saskatchewan visual artists. These programs assist artists in their professional development and create opportunities for increased public exposure of their work.

CARFAC SASK has two mentorship programs. See below!

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Visual 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 CARFAC SASK Mentorship Program provides an opportunity for Saskatchewan visual artists to work together in an informal peer learning, professional development framework, with experienced artists mentoring developing artists.

Mentors provide personalized support, training, advice, assessment, encouragement and feedback on a regular basis through group meetings, studio visits, regular critiques, etc. Mentees gain professional development, technical skills, and most importantly, the growth of self-esteem and confidence. Contracts are used for both mentors and mentees; mentors are paid a fee for each artist assigned to them; mentees are provided a materials allowance. Applications from potential mentees and mentors are welcomed in mid June each year.

Application info: Mentorship 2017-18 Call for Submissions

Contact the CARFAC SASK Mentorship Program Coordinator at 306-522-9788 or programs@carfac.sk.ca

The Mentor in Residence program is an advanced mentorship opportunity for mid-career and established professional artists to connect with an artist, curator, or art critic. The visiting mentor provides 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.

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

  • Luanne Martineau, 2016
  • Michelle LaVallee and Adrian Stimson, 2015
  • Ed Pien, 2014
  • Cliff Eyland, 2013
  • Nancy Tousley, 2012
  • Wayne Baerwaldt, 2011

Our 2017 Mentor in Residence is Brendan Lee Satish Tang! He will be conducting studio visits in Saskatoon from June 7-10 and in Regina from June 12-15. 

Brendan Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest, where he learned to appreciate the ceramic medium. Tang has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across the continent, and his professional practice has also taken him to India, Europe and Japan. He has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT) and has participated in an international residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre ('s-Hertogenbosch, NL). 

Tang has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in QB, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, as well being a recipient of the 2016 Biennale Internationale de Vallauris contemporary ceramic award. He has been profiled by The Knowledge Network, and featured in printed publications including The National Post, Wired (UK and Italy), and ELLE (Canada). Tang’s work can be found in such collections as the Seattle Art Museum, the Ariana Muse in Geneva SW, Canada House in London (UK) and the Art Bank of Canada. 

Tang dedicates his full attention to his professional art practice in Vancouver BC, where he continues to explore the interface between culture and material.


To apply, please upload the following to a single folder in either Google Drive or Dropbox and email to programs@carfac.sk.ca: 

  • 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)
  • A resume (max 3 pages) 
  • 10 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 has been extended to May 24, 2017. Only digital submissions will be accepted. 

Call for Mentor in Residence 2017

For more information contact Terri at the CARFAC SASK Regina office: 
call 306-522-9788 or email programs@carfac.sk.ca

  

This new pilot is a supplement to our annual Mentor in Residence program. Through this initative, CARFAC SASK aims to: provide an advanced mentorship opportunity for emerging artists; enhance the confidence of artists who may be new to studio critiques; and support professional artists working in rural areas. This program is free to CARFAC members and $35 to non-members.

Each participant receives a private critique (1 hour in length) to support and strengthen their practice. If the number of applicants exceeds available spaces, the selection will be juried with the participation of the Travelling Mentor in Residence. Mentorship opportunities will be held in Regina (June 15), Swift Current (June 17), Saskatoon (June 23), and North Battleford (June 24)

Our 2017 Travelling Mentor in Residence is Heather Benning!

Heather Benning currently lives and works 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), and Studio Magazine.


To apply, please upload the following to a single folder in either Google Drive or Dropbox and email to programs@carfac.sk.ca: 

  • A letter of interest. Why do you want to participate in the program? How will the experience benefit your professional practice? State your preferred date and time for a critique. (max 1 page)
  • A resume (max 3 pages) 
  • 10 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 has been extended to May 24, 2017. Only digital submissions will be accepted. 

Call for Travelling Mentor in Residence 2017 

For more information contact Terri at the CARFAC SASK Regina office: 

call 306-522-9788 or email programs@carfac.sk.ca

There are times when artists need a fresh perspective - one that comes from beyond the boundaries of their mind and studio. Sometimes a short visit with another artist can be the key to honing a grant proposal or solving a technical or conceptual challenge.

The Rent a Mentor program presents a roster of professional artist mentors who are available for hire by individual artists. The minimum hourly rate is between $50 - $75, negotiable with each mentor. Artists are asked to contact the mentor directly to arrange a meeting time, the length and focus of the visit, and payment. Full payment to the mentor must be made in advance of each session via cash or e-transfer. For now, mentors are available in their local area only; we hope to be able to support mentor travel in the future. Of course, if the support you need can be accomplished via email, phone, or internet communications, you are welcome to contact any mentor you'd prefer! 

Rent a Mentor offers short-term, responsive, and affordable support for professional and creative challenges. Contact the mentor of your choice to get started!


 Heather Benning currently lives and works 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.

Heather is pleased to offer support in the areas of: feedback on works in progress, exhibition development, documentation of work, proposal development for grants and exhibitions, and guidance/tutorial in sculptural materials and processes (such as but not limited to: mold-making, casting, plastics and resin, silicone, plaster, wax, etc.) Heather is available in the Humboldt area and will be able to do some travel. Contact Heather at: benning.carfac@gmail.com


 Michel Boutin is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator living and working in Prince Albert. Michel is an advocate for contemporary indigenous art and culture as well as Artist Run Centres, Urban Art, and DIY initiatives. He is the Artistic Director for IPAC, the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective of Prince Albert Inc. He Graduated with a BFA from the University of Regina in 1995. His work has been widely exhibited throughout the province. Michel is a long standing member of CARFAC SASK and has been involved with various mentorship programs since 2002.

Michel is pleased to offer support in the areas of: studio visits and critiques, preparing work for exhibition, artist statements and proposals, navigating the art world, and DIY initiatives. Michel is available in Prince Albert. Contact Michel at: m.boutin@shaw.ca


 Gabriela García-Luna is a photo-based and installation artist and passionate traveller born in Mexico City. She is now based in Canada and India. Her work investigates ideas about permanence, ephemerality, time, memory and notions of reality. She has experimented with photography and a wide range of forms, crossing lines and integrating diverse disciplines in her work. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Mexico and India. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and her work is included in public and private collections.

As a mentor, Gabriela is interested in helping artists developing new ideas and processes for their work as well as in supporting the completion of areas of work in progress for its presentation and distribution. She offers analytic and felt feedback, thoughtful questioning, and considerate suggestions in areas for development. She can also provide practical advice for grant proposals, exhibitions planning, and production, as well as practical guidance for photographing artwork. Gabriela is available in Moose Jaw. Contact Gabriela at: garcilaluna.art@gmail.com


 Marsha Kennedy has worked in painting, mix-media (2-D and 3-D), printmaking and photography over her 39-year art practice. She is a recipient of the CARFAC SASK Patrick Close Leadership in the Arts Award for her outstanding work as a mentor to artists in the community. She recently retired from teaching in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Regina to focus on her art practice and is represented by Slate Art Gallery.

She is most interested in helping artists find their own unique voice within their art practice and giving important feedback to artists who are interested in engaging in dynamic exchanges within a studio context. She is very experienced in advising and helping artists in all areas of art practice development, some of which include: technical, formal and stylistic concerns, conceptual development, artist statements, grant writing, exhibition proposals/planning and development. Marsha is available in Regina. Contact Marsha at: kennedy.carfac@gmail.com