Mentoring Artists for Women's Art Inc. (MAWA)

611 Main St.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E1
ph: 204-949-9490
fx: 204-956-4185

Registered Charitable Number: 133387076RR0001

Arts & Culture (Main Focus Area)

Photo Gallery


To encourage and support the intellectual and creative development of women in the visual arts by providing an ongoing forum for education and critical dialogue.


From MAWA's inception, mentorship has been key to the organization's philosophy and activities, so that intergeneraltional knowledge is shared and each artists does not need to "reinvent the wheel". As well as pairings established and emerging artists, MAWA hosts special projects, lectures, workshops, reading groups, screenings and field trips. Although some of our programs are for women artists, the majority are open to people of all genders, and are offered at low or no cost. Diverse programming by diverse leaders attracts diverse community participation.


MAWA was formed under the umbrella of Plug In Gallery in 1984 and incorporated as a separate organization in September 1990. Over the years, MAWA has sponsored special projects including Passing Pictures with Prisoners (1998), the "Art Building Community" symposium (2008), publications such as "Technologies of Intuition" (2006), an 18-month curatorial mentorship program (2009-2011), and targeted programming for rural, Aboriginal and new Canadian artists (on-going).


Foundation Mentorship Program A senior artist/mentor works one-on-one with an emerging artist 5 hours each month for the period of one year. Monthly group meetings enhance professional skills through workshops led by the mentors. Mentees plan a final project together to mark the end of the program.
First Friday Lecture Series A monthly lecture held on the first Friday of each month at noon series explores topics of practical and theoretical natures. Past lectures have focused on taxation for artists, the history of Canadian Aboriginal curation, feminist approaches to art education, etc.
Local and Visiting Artists and
Curators Lecture Series
Talks by artists and curators offer a window onto their creative processes and concerns. MAWA often works with other art centres to program national and international guests.
Master Classes Master Classes provide the opportunity for senior and mid-career artists to work with visiting artists of international statue in an intense, week-long mentorship.
Skills Workshops Skills workshops offer technical skill in a specific area of artistic expression. Some take place over three evenings and have focused on topics as varied as "animation for beginners" and "how to make a book". Crafternoons are single afternoon sessions, taught by new Canadian artisans.
Mentorship Workshop Each year MAWA offers a workshop focusing on the principles, structure and key elements required for success of a mentorship program. Leaders from many sectors have attended, and as a result MAWA has inspired other mentorship programs throughout the country.


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