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

New pilot program in development! More information will be posted shortly.