Rural Arts Mentorship Program: Eastman Region 2020/2021

The Rural Art Mentorship Program (RAMP) is a ten-month mentorship for up to five emerging professional visual artists from the Eastman Region. Led by professional painter Brenna George RAMP is a four-weekend intensive with studio visits is designed specifically to meet the needs of rural visual artists in Manitoba. The four in-person meetings will be hosted by the Winnipeg River Arts Council in Lac du Bonnet. The program will culminate in a final exhibition at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba’s community gallery.

RAMP is a partnership between Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) and the Manitoba Arts Network (MAN).

Selection Criteria

RAMP will accept five participants working in any visual art medium. Participants will be selected based on artistic merit plus their willingness to commit to the program. Please note commercial or school projects are ineligible. 

The Program

Four in person mentorship group meetings and a studio visit are tentatively set for weekends in November, January, March and May. 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. Artists will be expected to devote time to the production and development of their work.

Program Elements

•           The sharing of ideas and feedback from the mentor and the group, providing the artist with framework

for critique.

•           Advice regarding professional practices, including: writing an artist statement, biography and grant

applications; documentation; and exhibition proposals.

•           Studio visits which will provide a view into the professional life of an artist.

•           Encouragement to produce a body of work.

•           Community—connecting and building relationships among visual artists in the Eastman region.

•           An ongoing relationship with a professional practitioner.

•           Exposure to new techniques, mediums and concepts.

•           Resources to help evolve participants’ art practices.

•           Advice on building an artist website and how social media can advance a practice.

•           A final exhibition opportunity in the Community Gallery at the AGSM

About the Mentor
Brenna George
is a practicing Winnipeg-based artist.  She studied art at Emily Carr College of Art and Design and exhibits her drawings, paintings and video nationally. She teaches workshops through Video Pool Media Art Centre, Forum Art Centre and is Mentor for the MAWA Foundation Artist Mentorship program. She has received A grants from the Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada Arts Councils.  Her work is in the Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. She creates art that is humorous, visually lush, sentimentally mushy and which explores fretful thought.

To Apply

Please apply either by post or email with:

Your Name – Rural Art Mentorship in the subject line

1) A cover letter describing your artistic background/practice including your medium and discipline, the ideas that drive your work and why you want to be in the program. (Maximum of 600 words)

2) Samples of your artwork:

  • Up to 10 jpg images on CD or by email, or
  • Up to 10 photographs by mail, or
  • A maximum of 2 DVD videos or YouTube links, or
  • A combination of 5 images and 1 video

By email: visualarts@mbartsnet.ca
Subject Line: Your Name – Rural Art Mentorship
By mail: Rural Art Mentorship
Manitoba Arts Network
203-100 Arthur Street Winnipeg
R3B 1H3

The fee for the program is $175 this includes a $25 membership to the Manitoba Arts Network. For more information about Membership Benefits visit our website manitobaartsnetwork.ca