Spring Artsource Mentor Program (2019)

Professional Development

Free mentoring with a leading WA arts professional? Yes please!

Limited spaces are available for independent Western Australian visual artists to engage with curator, Sandra Murray, or photomedia artist, Christophe Canato, over a series of sessions via phone, video or in person.

Benefit from your mentor's unique skillsets with one-on-one consultations tailored to your desired outcomes.

Applications are encouraged from individual artists who are looking to further their visual arts practice through a supportive information exchange over a two to three-month timeframe.

How can we help you?:

  • Curatorial advice and constructive criticism
  • Exhibitions: proposals, where and what to show
  • Developing and curating your show: installation, catalogues and roomsheets
  • Discourse and communication: floor talks, artist statement and resume
  • Applications: art prizes, grants - where to apply and writing skills
  • Creative Development: making, experimentation and confidence-building
  • Documentation: artwork photography and presentation, writing artist statements 

What would receiving this mentorship mean for my career? Let us know by Monday 11 August 2020 via the below links. Successful applicants will be contacted after panel selection from Friday 14 August 2020.




Sandra Murray - Curator + Consultant 01_SM_LOWres.jpeg

Sandra is an independent art curator and consultant; clients include the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Flux Gallery Perth, Artsource and Bankwest. She holds a particular passion for contemporary West Australian art and has a depth of experience in directing, curating and mentoring for art and museum institutions in NSW and WA, having worked in the public, corporate, tertiary and not for profit sectors.

In 2014 Sandra launched the 'Bankwest Art Prize for Sculpture' to address the lack of opportunities for sculptors in WA. In 2017 she initiated and curated the new 'Perth Royal Art Prize for Landscape', which is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the State's most sought after prizes for artists. She was one of the Co Curators of ‘Sculpture at Bathers 2020’ and was awarded two City of Perth Arts Grants in 2019 to curate contemporary art exhibitions. She holds a BA Honours in Art History and Theory and a Master of Philosophy, and has curated and project managed over 60 exhibitions.

Sandra was the inaugural Curator for the new Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery where she developed an accomplished program of exhibitions and acquisitions supporting West Australian artists. She curated solo and retrospective exhibitions of emerging to established artists, as well as group exhibitions including the critically acclaimed survey exhibition Oddfellows: the essence of contemporary Western Australian figurative artists, which toured nationally.

Sandra will engage with artists for up to three x 50 minute sessions, to offer mentorship in a selection of the following areas.

  • Your art practice - offering constructive curatorial advice and criticism
  • Exhibitions - where to approach, proposals, what to show
  • Developing and curating your show as an artist - installation, exhibition catalogue, room sheet preparation
  • Art prize applications
  • Artist resumes, writing effective artist statements, floor talk skills
  • Grant applications - where to apply and writing skills

More information about Sandra:

CLICK HERE to apply for a mentorship with Sandra.


Christophe Canato - Photographer + Photomedia Artist Christophe-Portrait.jpeg

Christophe is a French-Australian based in Perth since 2005, having graduated from the Beaux-Arts in France. At first, as a multimedia artist, Christophe was making costumes as well as drawings, paintings and super 8 films. Since 2000 photography has become his first medium, and more recently videography. 

Over the past 25 years, he has extensively exhibited with more than 17 solo exhibitions and about 40 collective shows in Australia, France and Singapore. His work has won multiple prizes and awards such as Minawarra Art Award WA, International Photographic Award USA, Jeune creation Fr. One of his photographs is currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery of Canberra. His work is included in Artbank, Australian Federal Government collection, St John of God collection, Joondalup City Council collection, City of Wanneroo collection including La Sacem and Business & Decision French collections. Christophe was a board member of Art On The Move from 2015 until 2019.
Christophe is also an experienced commercial photographer including extensive collaborations within the visual art and performing art sectors with organisations such as Art Gallery of Western Australia, PICA, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Artsource, DADAA, WAPPA, Strut Dance and Ausdance. He also documented multiple individual artist artworks.

Christophe will meet with artists for up to 8hrs over a three-month period to mentor on developing new projects and career adaptation. The partnership will evolve across the following areas:

  • Establishing the relationship - getting to know and learning from each other
  • Setting the direction - how Christophe as a mentor will be able to help you progress
  • Progression - reflection, adjustment and accomplishment
  • Winding up - what is next in your respective careers
  • Moving on - remain as colleagues in the visual art sector

More information about Christophe:

CLICK HERE to apply for a mentorship with Christophe.