FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

FUSION Mentorship Program 2014 - Linda Sormin

FUSION is proud to announce its next Mentorship Program in the Toronto Region, commencing September 2014. The program will culminate in an exhibition at the Ontario Craft Gallery Fall 2015.
This mentorship is intended to be a significant, transformative learning experience for the participating artists. A maximum of fourteen participants will be asked to take creative risks. The mentorship will begin with a session during which participants present their work. Each participant will then be asked to set learning goals and objectives to guide their journey over the next ten months. The group will meet approximately every five weeks to review their progress, participate in group critiques, and revise objectives as necessary.

The mentorship is intended for artists who have been developing their work over several years of studio practice and who wish to rethink and or re-evaluate their current work and examine ways of pushing and expanding it beyond familiar solutions or limits.

Applications are due June 6, 2014. 

In collaboration with FUSION, Linda Sormin will choose a maximum of 14 participants for the group. Participants will be notified by June 27, 2014. The workshop fee of $500.00 (includes HST) will be due by August 1, 2014. Acceptance Notice will be given via email. If this is not an option for you please advise us in your application.

The group will meet in the Ontario Society of Artists suite at Ashbridges Bay House, 1444 Queen St. East, in Toronto. The start date will be September 14, 2014 and participants will meet approximately every five weeks. There will be three sessions in the fall and five through the winter and spring finishing in June 2015.

Participants should be actively involved in an artistic practice, producing work, exhibiting and should:
• have completed basic training (equivalent to three years of study);
• be willing to make a ten month commitment to researching new sources and making new work intensively in their own studio; 
• be prepared to offer critical feedback to other artists in an open, rigorous, positive and inclusive environment;
• through discussions with the mentor and others in the group, be prepared to set learning goals and be willing to take risks with their work and accept criticism in a constructive manner;
• meet the criteria established by the mentor described above; and
• be a member of FUSION.

Submission Deadline: All applications MUST be received in the FUSION Office at 1444 Queen St. East, Toronto M4L 1E1, by 5 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014.

NOTE: Please consider the date and time deadline when using mail or courier services to submit your application.

Please submit:
A cover letter indicating that you are applying to the Linda Sormin mentorship and stating that you: 1. are committed to the process and will attend all meetings at the locations described above;
2. will pay the fee of $500.00 (includes HST) prepared to set goals in consultation with the Mentor;
3. will challenge yourself to take risks with your work; and
4. are prepared to participate in the final Exhibition, which may include providing images of the work that will be exhibited for FUSION’s use for publicity, documentary and /or archival purposes;
5. are prepared to document their own process with the use of images and or video clips as well as in writing, in order that Craft Ontario will be able to produce a video that will be played during the exhibition. This video will highlight the process that an artist undertakes in order to evolve a current body of work or forge new directions.

Please include the following:
• A CV (maximum 2 pages) that demonstrates you are capable of working independently.
• An artist statement of 150 – 250 words that includes your reason for seeking to participate.
• A CD/DVD containing a maximum of 10 jpeg images, minimum size 4 x 6 inches, 300 dpi, together with a list of information – title, size, medium, date.

Mail to:
FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association
1444 Queen Street East, 
Toronto, ON M4L 1E1
Attention: FUSION Mentorships
Linda Sormin will be the mentor of this selected group. Through objects and site-specific installations, Linda Sormin’s work explores issues of fragility, aggression, mobility and survival. Born in Bangkok, Sormin moved to Canada with her family at the age of five. She has a BA in English Literature and worked in community development for four years in Thailand and Laos. She studied ceramics at Andrews University, Sheridan College’s Craft & Design program (Diploma in Ceramics) and Alfred University (MFA 2003).Sormin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Gardiner Museum (Toronto), Jane Hartsook Gallery (New York, NY), the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art (Bergen, Norway), Denver Art Museum (Denver, USA), gl Holtegaard (Denmark), Vallauris (France) and Middlesbrough (UK).She has taught ceramics for more than 10 years – at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, BC, 2003-2006), the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, 2006-2011), and Sheridan College, where she is currently Professor and Head of Ceramics (Oakville, ON) in the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design.

FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. 


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