THE MENTOR PROGRAM
- edition OSLO 2023
with Elisabeth N. Aanes
21 Feb. - 12 Dec. 2023
Jens Bjelkesgate 13A-15, Oslo
NORDphotography in collaboration with CYAN studio invites you to join our mentor program edition Oslo. This is a program that extends over one year and culminates with a group exhibit at CYAN gallery in Oslo.
This is an mentorship program for photographers and photo-entusiasts looking to work on long term projects, with the goal of finishing a complete body of work within the length of the program.
Lectures, discussions and critique of student work will be the structure of the mentorship. To expand our creative tool-box, we will implement different practises from Julia Cameron's beloved book "The Artist Way".
The mentor program wraps with a group exhibition at Cyan gallery where each participant displays a selection of images from their project. The screening will take place in mid-February 2024. The exhibition hangs a weekend and ends with an artist talk, open to the public, where the participants will be able to give a talk about their project. We will also invite a moderator for this evening from the cultural scene in Norway, to give feedback to the exhibitors, and ask questions.
NORDphotography's Mentor Program will help discover, develop and fine-tune each photographer’s creative voice. You should come to this mentorship with an idea of a project. It can be an old project you want to finish, or a new project you want to create. We will meet once a month for lecture and group critique. The lecture will be tailored to each participant’s project, to give inspiration and guidance for further development. Each participant are asked to bring a minimum of 10 new images from their ongoing project to each group meeting.
During this mentorship you will learn to develop a cohesive body of work, present work in a professional matter (whether it is a book, an exhibit, an event, or a new portfolio of work), to critique other photographers work, and to respond on critique of your own work.
Our group meetings are held at CYAN studio in Oslo. We have a total of 8 meetings, 4 before the summer and 4 in the fall. In addition to the group meetings, each participant will have 2 one-on-one meetings with mentor Elisabeth. These meetings last for about 30 minutes. One happens before the summer and one in the fall.
As a participant in NORDphotography's mentorship program, you receive a 20% discount on the workshop fee on all workshops that take place at SAGA in the mentor year.
GROUP MEETINGS at CYAN studio:
Tuesday 21 Feb.: 6PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday 21 March: 6PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday 18 April: 6PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday 16 May: 6PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday 19 Sept.: 6PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday 17 Oct.: 6PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday 21 Nov.: 6PM - 9:30PM
Tuesday 12 Dec.: 6PM - 9:30PM
If we have to change a date, we will inform the class well in advance.
During this period we have no in person meetings. BUT on the 30TH of each month you have the option of uploading new work for your project in our Facebook group, and Elisabeth will give you a written image critic.
The last mentor meeting is the 12TH of December 2023. At this meeting the final selection for the exhibition will be chosen. The exhibition is curated by mentor Elisabeth N Aanes.
For the exhibit you will be expected to produce and frame your selected images, take part in hanging the exhibit, and be present in the gallery during the opening hours of the gallery for our exhibit. We will divide the opening hours between the participants, so there always is someone from the Mentor Group present in the gallery. Participants are also expected to be present at the opening of the exhibit.
PRICE AND PAYMENT PLAN:
TUITION: NOK 20,000,- which is divided up in three separate payment:
Deposit (due 2 weeks after registration): kr. 7,000,-
Before 21 March 2023: kr. 6,500,-
Before 19 Sep. 2023: kr. 6,500,-
You can choose to pay the full tuition with the deposit payment.
The cost of your exhibit pieces (framed) is covered by each participant. It is up to the participant how they want the image presented, but the presentation must be accepted by CYAN gallery and NORDphotography. Gallery venue, vernissage, and marketing materials (posters / advertisement / flyers/ invitation) for the exhibition are included in the program fee.
After you have registered we will send you an e-mail asking for a link to your website or social media where you present your work, or for you to e-mail us examples of photos you have taken. We will also ask you to tell us what you hope to get out of the Mentor Program as well as highlight any project ideas you want to work with. This is to determine if our mentor group, and our Mentor Elisabeth is the right one for you. If you have questions about the mentor program, please contact Elisabeth on phone: +47 95 47 69 66
Deposit: NOK 7.000,-
See payment details in the workshop description.
Registration on our workshops are binding
NORDphotography's mentoring program gave me the structure I needed to develop a cohesive project, both through regular meetings, clear and constructive feedback from mentor Elisabeth, but also input from the other photographers in the group. The program gave me a sense of security and allowed me to stretch my ideas in a completely different way than I have experienced before. Moreover, a visit to Galleri Ramfjord, facilitated by NORDphotography, resulted in a review of my project, which then resulted in an exhibition and gallery representation.
- Maria Prestmo.
ELISABETH N AANES:
Elisabeth is the founder and CEO of NORDphotography and SAGA Center for Photography. She teaches NORDphotography’s mentor program in Oslo and at SAGA. Elisabeth took her photo-education in USA, and worked for several years with the world renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson. She has also worked at the Polaroid Studio in NYC, and assisted photographers like William Wegman and Timothy Greenfield Sanders.
Her work has been exhibited at The Photo District Gallery (NYC), CMCA (Maine - USA), DogA (Oslo), Trondhjem Kunstforening and Sekkefabrikken (Oslo) in addition to private galleris in USA and Norway.
She holds the cover for Book 'The View Project' by Joyce Tenneson.
It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.
We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.
For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.
NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description.
Withdrawal and refund policy:
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.
Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.
NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.