2021 Thomas Foundation Mentorship


Canberra Glassworks’ Thomas Foundation Mentorship is supported by David and Barbara Thomas and was established to assist Australian artist with emerging glass making skills to work with Canberra Glassworks. Valued at $10,000, Thomas Foundation Mentorship offers an artist the opportunity to undertake a self-directed educational program to support building of skills. Based on a proposal of your own requirements and skill level, the financial assistance can be used towards workshops and classes, to participate in Steps-to-Induction and to be mentored by professional artist within the Canberra Glassworks. Interstate artists will have share accommodation available to them in The Chapel next door to Canberra Glassworks.

Artists should have basic knowledge of the equipment that they are proposing to use and a plan which supports them to develop in this area/s.

The successful artist will be given a budget of $10,000 for hiring of equipment and facilities, educational programs offered at Canberra Glassworks and mentoring costs.
Artists make a significant contribution to the cultural life of the centre. It is part of the artists role is to engage with other artists in the centre and the public. TFMENs may also be required to give a public talk/demonstration.


  • Applicants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents, or artists who have been based in Australia for more than six months prior to applying
  • Applicants should be considered an emerging glass artist or be at an equivalent in glass making skills

You are not eligible to apply if:

  • You are represented by a commercial gallery
  • You are a student
  • You have received a residency at CGW in the last 2 years
  • Applicants must not have any unresolved issues relating to a breach of Canberra Glassworks’ Code of Conduct.

In completing your application, please submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • A one-page proposal for the mentorship and educational program at Canberra Glassworks based on the following points:
    • Outline what glass making skills you would like to develop
    • Outline what you want to do creatively
    • Outline what you want to do technically
    • Describe what you hope to achieve from the mentorship or educational program
    • Describe how the residency will support your artistic or professional development
  • up to 10 images of recent work. Please ensure that images are saved as jpegs and that no image is larger than 1.5MB
  • Image details list (with completed credits: Artists name, Title, date, materials, dimensions, photo credit)
  • Curriculum vitae (limit one page)
  • Biography (200 words max)
  • Name and contact number for two referees, one of which should be the artist you wish to be mentored by or someone who can validate your skill level.

Please contact us for mentoring options, this can be done in consultation with us. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with our team to develop and refine a mentoring plan and budget.

Applicants will be assessed by a panel.

19 January 2021 – Applications open
22 February 2021 – Applications must be received by no later than 5pm.
2 March 2021 – Applicants advised of outcome
26 March 2021 – Successful applicant must confirm dates and mentoring plan.

Artists may only receive one Canberra Glassworks residency or mentorship per calendar year. Artists must be familiar and highly skilled with the equipment that they are proposing to use.

Canberra Glassworks strongly advises that you talk to Artistic Programs (phone 02 6185 0382) about your proposal for a full understanding of the application requirements well in advance of the due date. To assist you with your application, find out about our artist access rates.

Keep an eye out for the next round of TFMEN scheduled for 2022