Established visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers in Guelph and Wellington County are invited to apply to mentor emerging artist participants in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project. This paid opportunity will support established artists in: developing coaching and mentorship skills, accessing professional resources, making new connections, and helping emerging artists connect and learn within Guelph’s creative community.
Through the project, Guelph Arts Council (GAC) will support emerging artists in the critical transition to professional life. Emerging musicians, visual artists, and cultural managers will work with established-artist mentors to develop the professional networks and business and management skills needed for creative careers in Guelph.
Participants in the project will include emerging Guelph-Wellington artists.
GAC is grateful for support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project. The RBC Emerging Artists Project helps artists bridge the gap from emerging to established, and supports organizations that provide the best opportunity to advance their career trajectory.
GAC is also grateful for the support of the University of Guelph's School of Fine Art and Music.
Eligibility: Mentorship opportunities are open to established visual and media artists, cultural managers, and musicians actively practicing in Guelph or Wellington County. GAC will match each emerging artist participant with a mentor that suits their artistic discipline and development needs.
Expectations: Established-artist mentors will be expected to:
1) attend an orientation session (maximum 3 hours)
2) engage in mentorship sessions (4 - 6 hours per emerging artist):
a. augment the learnings of the orientation session with their own experience and perspective
b. advise emerging artists as they prepare for a finale exhibition or performance.
In leading the project, Guelph Arts Council will abide by its Code of Conduct and conflict of interest policy, and expects its project partners, participants, and mentors to do the same.
Remuneration: Established-artist mentors will be paid $35/hr per emerging artist participant. Mentors are not limited to one participant. Reasonable project-related expenses, including limited mileage/transportation, will be reimbursed.
Timeline: The Project will be implemented September 25 - November 28, 2020. Participation in the project requires a commitment to a maximum three hours orientation and a minimum of four hours mentorship sessions in the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Project from September through November 2020.
Location: Training and mentorship sessions will happen in accordance with provincial public health recommendations. GAC will assist in organizing online spaces for sessions as needed.
Process: By completing this application by Sunday, September 20, 2020 before 11:59 pm.
Current CV or Artist Bio (max. 4 pages) that includes artistic activities for the past 12 to 18 months
Three to seven images, MP3 files, or video links of previous work, if applicable
List of images, MP3 files, or video links: Include file names, title, description, medium/instrument, dimensions (if applicable), date completed or performed, if applicable
Letter of interest: 100 - 350 word letter describing your fit with the project and any previous mentorship or teaching experience
Please include two professional references, noting your connection to those references.
Call Closes: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Notification: Friday, September 25
Guelph Arts Council
@10C Shared Space
42 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3A2