Mitchell Art Gallery kicks off artist exchange program

June 2, 2020 | Arts & Culture

Nine artists from across Canada are stepping up to support the development of local emerging artists via the Mitchell Art Gallery (MAG) Exchange Artist Mentorship Program — a rapid response program designed to support artist connection and creation during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Over the spring and summer, the artists will collaborate on one-on-one mentoring sessions and share their experience with the greater community through virtual public programming. This is an opportunity for emerging artists (current students in or recent graduates of a studio art program) to grow their network by building a relationship with an established artist, and talk about their artistic practice, professional practice, and the current social factors informing the circumstances of these practices right now.

“We saw an opportunity to build new networks of support for emerging artists, who are otherwise missing some important opportunities for their artistic and professional development this summer,” says Carolyn Jervis, director/curator of the MAG.

The program is part of the Mitchell Art Gallery’s commitment to providing meaningful, relevant opportunities to learn and build community connection through contemporary art.

“Part of our mandate is community connection and sharing ideas, and that doesn’t stop in this reality,” says Carolyn. “We knew we could create a forum for artists to discuss the current social factors informing artistic practise right now.”


Mitchell Art Gallery

The John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery (MAG) is a professional public art gallery dedicated to engaging timely conversations and community through contemporary art.


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