Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency (Yukon Arts Centre)

Name of Residency: Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency

Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are providing an opportunity for established visual artists to pursue their work amidst history and nature on the Chilkoot Trail. Artists will hike the entire trail during a two week backpacking trip, spending one to three days at each campsite. Each artist will be required to provide and carry all of their backpacking gear, food and art supplies for the journey (though food caches are available, provided artists arrange delivery in time for May flights). Bringing a support person, friend or family, is highly recommended. That person will help share the load and enhance safety while travelling, camping and working in bear country. Each of the artists chosen will travel during separate two-week periods. Artists will receive up to $100 USD support from Skagway Arts Council in purchasing necessary art supplies and will receive a $3000 CAD honorarium from the Yukon Arts Centre. The residency will occur over a two-week period between late June and early August.

The residency is open to established visual artists from all nationalities (Please note you may require visas for Canada and/or the United States).

The Chilkoot Trail, like all Parks Canada places, reflects the rich and varied heritage of our country and provides an opportunity for Canadians and visitors to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

Residency Programme since: 2011
Description of Organisation:

Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) is the Yukon’s creative home. YAC was founded to be a resource for Northern artists and to reflect and support the artistic ambition and aesthetic of local and regional community organizations. YAC’s programming directions span the visual arts, performing arts, presenting, training, residencies, and community outreach. Our facilities are unique and versatile and can accommodate a rich array of exhibition, creation, and production activity. Our team prioritizes collaborations and partnerships within the Territory and across the North. We also strongly value education through outreach models that create meaningful interaction with curated and/or visiting artists and our community. Our programming continues to be responsive and aspires to have an inclusive approach that welcomes and encourages connection with First Nations, LGBTQC, Differently-Abled, and Cultural Diverse artists and audiences.

Organisation founded in: 1992
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Part of a Governmental Institution
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 1
Studio type and size: N/A
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Textile Art
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Space for partners, families, pets
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Parks Canada, United States National Parks Service
    Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: No
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): $3000 CAD honorarium from the Yukon Arts Centre.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Public talk
    • Workshop
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport or Juneau International Airport
    How to reach by car: The Chilkoot Trail is accessed from the town of Skagway, Alaska. Skagway is accessible by road from Whitehorse, Yukon, via the South Klondike Highway. During the summer visitor season, there is a bus service between Whitehorse and Skagway. There is both ferry and commuter air service to Skagway from Juneau, Alaska.
    Street & Number: 300 College Drive
    Postal Code: Y1A 5X9
    City: Whitehorse
    Country long: Canada
    300 College Drive
    Whitehorse Y1A 5X9 YT CAN
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