Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art


MAWA is offering our urban, loft-style apartment to women and non-binary visual artists for residencies of 2-4 weeks in duration. Applicants can use this space and time for research, reflection, networking and/or production.

We will provide free accommodation and a $315 honorarium. The MAWA apartment is fully furnished and includes a kitchen, a bathroom with shower, a queen-sized bed, a double futon/couch, and a designated parking space. All linens and cooking utensils are provided. The apartment is located on the second floor of 611 Main Street in downtown Winnipeg. It is not accessible.

MAWA’s apartment is a clean space that is not conducive for painting and many forms of sculpture. There are other Winnipeg art centres where you can gain access to other facilities and resources (rough studio, printmaking, video equipment, darkroom, etc.) and we can help you to contact them to make necessary arrangements.

While at MAWA, we ask that the artist present her work to our members in a form of a screening, talk, performance, showcase of work-in-progress, etc.

Artists at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. Equal consideration will be given to emerging and established artists. Family members are welcome.

In conceiving of this residency program, MAWA hopes to increase dialogue between our geographical community??Winnipeg??and the art world beyond to create networking opportunities for women artists and to provide an oasis in which women artists can do whatever they need to do in order to move their practices forward.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA)

Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) was founded in 1984 to encourage the intellectual and creative development of women in the visual arts by providing a forum for education and critical dialogue. Mentorship is the core activity of the organization, but MAWA also presents symposia, exhibition, artist talks, skills based workshops, professional practices workshops, critical reading groups, an artist-mothers group, screenings and field trips, and a publishes books and commissions text that appears for the MAWA newsletter and website. Although many MAWA mentorship programs are for women and non-binary artists, recognizing historical and present-day inequalities, the majority of  programs are open to people of all genders, and are offered at low or no cost.

For more than three decades, MAWA has assisted artists at all stages of their careers, fostering professional and artistic development, impacting and enriching the professional arts community in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and beyond. MAWA continues to innovate. MAWA continues to grow MAWA continues to be a site for art discourse, dialogue and community building by providing inspiring, high-quality programming.

Organisation founded in: 1984
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Office
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): 315
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Accommodation
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Winnipeg airport is 20 minutes from the apartment
    Nearest Train Station: 1.5 km
    How to reach by plane: Winnipeg has an international airport.
    How to reach by train: Winnipeg is serviced by VIA Rail.
    How to reach by car: MAWA is located in the geographical centre of North America on the Trans Canada highway.
    Street & Number: 611 Main St.
    Postal Code: R3B 1E1
    City: Winnipeg
    Country long: Canada
    611 Main St.
    Winnipeg R3B 1E1 CAN
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