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RBC Sustained Artist Mentorship Program

In June 2024, Remai Modern kicked off the third iteration of its mentorship program for local artists working in performance and public practice. Gabby DaSilva, Xiao Han and Luke Maddaford are the artists selected to take part in the RBC Sustained Artist Mentorship Program for 2024-25.

Over a one-year period, the museum will work in collaboration with each artist to develop a program that includes research, public engagement such as artist talks or workshops, and the development and presentation of new work or work in progress.

Successful applicants receive financial supports, access to museum resources and professional development opportunities. Artists also receive a Remai Modern membership, access to staff insight and expertise and mentorship opportunities with visiting artists, cultural workers and other community leaders.

The artists were selected by an internal committee guided by Remai Modern values and strategic objectives. 

About the artists

A portrait of artist Gabby Da Silva.

Gabby Da Silvais a (dis)abled artist fascinated with the relationship between digital and physical mediums. Born and raised in Saskatoon, to a multicultural family of Portuguese and Canadian descent, her work responds to both her surrounding environments and everyday experiences, often accompanied by her own cluttered spoken word.  

A portrait of artist Xiao Han.

Xiao Han is a Saskatoon-based artist and curator originally from Wuhan, China. Han’s creative practice focuses on photography, lens-based performance and storytelling in a community-based context. Han’s research explores diaspora identity, relationships between immigrants and Indigenous land, and contemporary gender issues with a decolonial lens.  

A portrait of artist Luke Maddaford.

Luke Maddaford is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator. His practice engages Queer culture and regionality through performative text and objects. He collects Queer ephemera, works collectively with QueerSoftOrange, and co-edits Off Centre, an online arts publication. 

Stay tuned to learn about opportunities to engage with the RBC Sustained Artist Mentorship Program artists.

Remai Modern acknowledges the support of RBC and the RBC Emerging Artists program for their support of this program.

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