At TEN.A.CITY, we cultivate a reciprocal relationship by connecting artists with mentors who offer a perspective outside of an artist’s creative field.
Our aim is to expand an artist’s potential by embedding them in the fabric of our communities. Artists inspire mentors. Mentors inspire artists.
Both benefit from this cross-collaborative relationship.
Ten.A.City mentors and artists will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, with a new session of mentors and artists to begin again this fall of 2016.
As co-founders of Ten.A.City (Toronto), Jess Riva Cooper, Laura Hudspith and Amanda Small seek to extend their artistic interests by causing positive social change through carefully matched and facilitated mentorship for artists.
Laura Hudspith is a Toronto-based sculptor and installation artist whose work features molded and slip cast objects accentuated by readymade objects and materials, electronics, silicone and taxidermy. She received a BFA in ceramics from Concordia University, Montreal. Hudspith has exhibited her work and participated in artist residencies in both Canada and the United States. In addition to her artistic practice, Hudspith has worked in arts administration and curatorial positions since 2014, such as the Chair of The Roundtable Residency board of directors for their annual artist residency in 2015.
Amanda Small is a multi-disciplinary installation artist living and working in Toronto. Small received an MFA in ceramics from Kansas State University. Small has exhibited her work in Denmark, Italy, Australia & New Zealand and throughout the US including Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia; The Harn Museum, Gainesville; and the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh. In tandem with her arts practice, Small has worked as the Programs & Recruitment Coordinator for the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and currently works as the Community Manager for MENTORnetwork.
Jess Riva Cooper is an artist and educator based in Toronto, integrating colour, drawing, and clay to create sculptures and installation-based artworks. Cooper received her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Cooper exhibits her work throughout Europe and North America and has participated in numerous artist residencies such as Brandeis University, Lillstreet Arts Center, Medalta, The Archie Bray Foundation, and The Kohler Arts/Industry Program. Cooper currently teaches at Sheridan College in the Bachelor of Craft and Design Program in Oakville.