Ayatana Artists’s Research Program


The Ayatana Artists’ Research Program hosts week long research expeditions for artists to study themes most often related to wildlife and science. Our programs on Biology offer access to laboratories,  farms and wild life centers. Our artists enjoy visits with scientists, naturalists and aficionados who generously share their unusual points of view.

Although we love science, we are interested in all adventurous research opportunities that might take us to diverse locations and inspirations. We host programs on themes of the sky and flight that have lead us to pilot and jump out of airplanes. We have hosted programs on winter and snow that have lead us to underground ice formations and dog sledding. We’ve studied human relationships with water that have brought us white water rafting and studied abandoned buildings and urban exploring.

This year we will be hosting 2 programs for artists to study death.

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation:

The Ayatana Artists’ Research Program is a Canadian, artist run, residency dedicated to encouraging visiting artists to engage in hands on research and adventure.

We specialize in science and host regular programs on Biology where we gain access to laboratories, abandoned mines, private fossil beds, farms and wild life centers.

At Ayatana we believe that part of the artist’s job is to see the world from extraordinary points of view. Our initiative is to help artists achieve those points of view by facilitating research opportunities in unusual places.

Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: N/A
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Library
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : yes
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $1250 USD
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Food
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Forest Conservation
    • Other
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Ottawa
    Nearest Train Station: Ottawa
    Street & Number: 3676 Nettles road
    Postal Code: K0A 2Z0
    City: Ottawa
    Country long: Canada