The VANS Mentorship Program is designed to support the individual artistic methods and professional ambitions of emerging artists in Nova Scotia by providing access to the skills and experience of selected mentors. Basing its structure on similar pioneer programs such as CARFAC Saskatchewan’s Visual Arts Mentorship Program and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s Mentorship Program, the VANS Mentorship Program provides an exceptional opportunity for emerging artists to develop both their creative process and professional skills, thus building the foundation for a successful career in the visual arts. As a secondary outcome, the program offers established artists an opportunity to pass on their experience, resources, knowledge, and insight.
By investing intensely in a few individuals each year, VANS Mentorship Program contributes on a wider scale to the overall strength, sustainability and vibrancy of the visual arts community in Nova Scotia.
The next deadline for applications is July 15, 2013 at 5pm.
View the full Call for Applications: 2013-14 VANS Mentorship Program, which details program information, application requirements and eligibility.
The VANS Mentorship Program’s mandate is to pair established artists with emerging artists (not necessarily young artists, but those at the beginning of their artistic careers) to take part in a ten-month long mentorship. The Mentorship Program assists visual artists to fine tune artistic practices through technical assistance, studio visits and discussion between mentors and apprentices. Over the course of the program, mentors and apprentices will meet one-on-one, at least once a month, and three times as a group.
The mentors may be asked to provide support in any one or more of the following areas: proposal development for exhibition in public galleries or artist-run centres, grant writing assistance, artist statement development, documentation of work, technical advice, skills development, critiques of work, research assistance, and thematic development of work, networking, budgeting, organizational tips, and creative brainstorming.
Apprentices: Christine Waugh, Wes Johnston, and Judy Arsenault have been selected for this year’s program. Apprentices have been individually paired with established artists and mentors, Steve Higgins, Ilan Sandler, and Janice Leonard for a 10-month mentorship, beginning in October. Read more about this year’s program participants.
- Apprentices: Anne MacMillan, Natalie Boterman, and William Robinson had been selected for this years program. Apprentices have been individually paired with established artists and mentors, Peter Dhykhuis, Ariella Pahlke and Bob Bean for a 10-month mentorship, beginning in September. Read more about this year’s program participants.
- Apprentices: Ruth Marsh, Matthew Carswell and Kyle Cunjak had been selected for this years program. Apprentices were paired with individual mentors Melinda Spooner, Cathy Busby and Adrian Fish for a 10-month mentorship. This year’s program ran October 2010 to July 2011. The group participated in the inaugural Mentorship program retreat July 8 -10, 2011 at Windhorse Farms in New Germany, NS. The program exhibition took place from August 25 – September 3, 2011 at Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, NS. To view their collaborative artist book project, visit Blurb.com.
- Apprentices: Raina McDonald, Leslie Menagh and Chantal Tardiff have been selected . They have been paired with Dawn MacNutt, Sarah Maloney, and Ilan Sandler for a 10-month mentorship. The VANS Mentorship exhibition took place at Eyelevel Gallery from August 12-21st, 2010.
- Apprentices: Nicholas Johnson, Terry Drahos and Scott Saunders were selected and were paired and supported by their individual mentors Nancy Stevens, Susan Wood, and Craig Leonard for a 10-month mentorship. The exhibition took place at Anna Leonowens Gallery from June 2nd-6th, 2009.
- Apprentices: Bethany Riordan-Butterworth and Jesse Harrod were selected and paired with their individual mentors, Robert Zingone and Frances Dorsey for a 10-month mentorship. The group exhibition took place at Eyelevel Gallery from August 4-9th, 2008.
- For the inaugural year of VANS Mentorship Program, 3 emerging artists and 3 senior artists were selected by a Selections Committee of artists and art educators from 40 applications submitted by artists from across the province. Mentors and Apprentices worked together over a period of 8 months. This year’s Apprentices are: Kate MacLeod, photographer, Barbara Schmeisser, sculptor, and Miya Turnbull, 3D/Installation. They worked with Mentors: Rose Adams, painter, Richard Mueller, glass & installation artist, and Glynis Humphrey, installation artist.
VANS gratefully acknowledges the support of Jack and Joan Craig, the RBC Foundation and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities Culture and Heritage.