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FUSION Mentorship Program 2018/19 - Susan Low-Beer

FUSION is proud to announce its next Mentorship Program, commencing September 2018. The program will culminate in an exhibition at David Kaye Gallery, November 2019.

FUSION is proud to announce its next Mentorship Program, commencing September 2018. The program will culminate in an exhibition at David Kaye Gallery, November 2019.

This Mentorship is intended to be a significant, transformative learning experience for clay and glass artists.

It is suitable for artists making functional or sculptural work.

 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 year.

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

Applications are due June 1, 2018

In collaboration with FUSION, Susan Low-Beer will choose a maximum of fourteen participants for the group. Participants will be notified by June 29, 2018. The workshop fee for eight full-day sessions and the final exhibition of $575 (+ HST) will be due by July 31, 2018. Acceptance Notice will be given via email.

This Mentorship will take place in Susan Low-Beer’s studio at 103 Brunswick Avenue in Toronto.

     The start date will be Sunday, September 16, 2018.

     Participants will meet approximately every five weeks thereafter. There will be three sessions in the fall, and five through the winter and spring, finishing in June 2019.

Suitable candidates 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.


Susan Low-Beer will be the mentor of this selected group.

Susan Low-Beer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Mount Allison University and her Masters of Fine Arts, with a major in painting, at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

Susan has been teaching since 1966 in many institutions including: the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College, and Emily Carr University. Over the years she has delivered numerous workshops and mentored many students across Canada.

Susan Low-Beer is represented among others, in the collections of: the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan; and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina. She also shows regularly at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto.

Her retrospective called Embodiment: 30 Year of Sculpture finished at the Norfolk Art Centre in the town of Simcoe at the end of October 2017 and there are plans to travel the exhibition in 2019 with a catalogue.



1.     Make sure you are a "member in good standing" of FUSION by checking the date of your membership renewal from “Your Profile” at www.clayandglass.on.ca, or calling the FUSION office at 416-438-8946, or emailing the office at: fusion@clayandglass.on.ca. You must remain a member in good standing throughout the duration of the Mentorship Program.

2.     Prepare the following documents and images:

i.        A COVER LETTER  (in Word or PDF format) indicating that you are applying to the Susan Low-Beer Mentorship and stating that you:

      are committed to the process and will attend all meetings at the locations described above

      will pay the fee of $575 (+ HST)

      are prepared to set goals in consultation with the mentor

      will challenge yourself to take risks with your work

      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

ii.       A CV (maximum two pages, Word or PDF) that demonstrates you are capable of working independently

iii.     AN ARTIST STATEMENT of 150 – 250 words (Word or PDF) that includes your reason for   seeking to participate

iv.     10 JPEG IMAGES, minimum size 4 x 6 inches, 300 dpi

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by FUSION by 5pm, Friday, June 1, 2018.



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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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