Artist to Artist: Indigenous, Newcomers, and Women Artists Mentorship
This event has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please watch this space and EC3's social media for updates.
This project is a response to the real working conditions of artists in Peterborough. While there are very few formal training opportunities available to artists in the community, a great number of generous mid-career and established artists have filled this gap as mentors for emerging artists. Unfortunately, these mentoring relationships are typically quite informal, they are dependent on who you know, and there is no existing financial support for mentors or mentees, all of which are concerns for the sustainability and stability of mentorship in Peterborough. Senior artists risk exhaustion and burnout and many emerging artists do not have access to the mentorship they need. This pilot project is a year-long initiative in which established artists share their knowledge and experience with developing artists. Considering the successes of the mentorship initiatives that were delivered with 2017’s “Grantwriting 2.0” program, we intend to build on these successes to deliver an expanded mentorship opportunity.
- There will be an open call for applications to be a mentee in June 2020. Mentees will be asked to propose a program of work. The Indigenous Mentorship component begins in March 2020 (to be confirmed).
- EC3 will match mentees and mentors. Mentors will be selected for their experience and their connections to the art world, their ability to share information and skills, and previous work in pedagogical positions.
- We have been inspired by mentorship programs at MAWA and Theatre Ontario and will draw on their models to develop this program. We anticipate formal meetings between all participating mentors and mentees to share experiences, in addition to one-on-one mentorship support.