Rural Art Mentorship Program (RAMP)

The Rural Arts Mentorship Program is delivered in rural Manitoba and designed to specifically meet the needs of rural visual artists. The goal of the program is to deliver it in a different rural community to new participants each year. This year, the mentorship will be in the Westman region. The mentorship will provide artistic, technical, and communications skills through a combination of group discussions, one on one meetings, studio visits, artist talks, assignments, practical applications, and hands-on workshops. The Network partners emerging and experienced professional artists to provide knowledge, experience, and practical help in a learning environment. Through the program, artists develop lasting relationships with other artists in their area and learn many of the skills needed to further their growth as artists. The program, developed in collaboration with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), receives additional support from the Manitoba Arts Council. 

2018/2019 RAMP Program:

*please note this program is dependent on funding. If interested, please contact our office or check back in June 2018.

About the Mentor: Elvira Finnigan


Finnigan has an extensive background as an art educator in teacher training, public schools, and art museums in Winnipeg and internationally. Her visual arts practice uses time as a method and salt brine as a material, employing a salt brine crystallization process to create poetic large-scale installations, video animations, photos and small objects. Whether working with performance, installation, photography or video, Finnigan’s work alters time – condensing, extending, and referencing universal, geologic and human time, often blurring the boundaries between them.


Finnigan’s work has been exhibited in Canada, the US, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include Reception, 2017 at Dunlop Gallery, Regina, Isolated Landscapes, Video by Prairie Women (1984 – 2009), 2017, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Cafeteria ll, 2017 at Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg, Salt Trade, 2015, RAW/almond pop-up restaurant on the frozen river at the Forks, Winnipeg; Lateral Symmetry, 2014, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, and Festin et Conséquences, 2013, Centre cultural de franco-manitobain, Winnipeg.