The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency

Dates:ՏJuly 25th – August 19th, 2018

Location:ՏYukon River, Yukon Territory

Application Deadline: January 6thՏat 11:59 pm PST

Selected artists will spend 26 days in the Yukon advancing their artistic practice, connecting with local artists in Whitehorse, Dawson City & communities along the Yukon River, while havingՏthe time and space for contemplation, inspiration and creativity. Residents will work within a multi-disciplinary team of practicing artists and have the opportunity to connect with local Yukon artists through community conversations, studio tours and immersion in the Riverside Arts Festival, including public talks, workshops and the opportunity to showcase their own work within the festival.

TheՏprogram is unlike any other residency. While being artistically inspiring, it can also be both physically and mentally challenging. Residents will spend 16 days paddling by canoe from lake Laberge to Dawson City. They will be stopping at historic sites, navigating Five Finger Rapids, taking time to explore the woods and riverside, engaging in arts-focused workshops/discussion, and makingՏdecisions as a team. Residents will be introduced to tandem moving water paddling, learn best-practices within the backcountry in regards to safety and risk management, navigation using river maps and in-camp routines.

Artists will start with time spent in Whitehorse attending events, artist talks, studio tours, and preparing for trip. At the end of the journey, residents will spend four days in Dawson City where they will be arriving in time for the Riverside Arts Festival. As part of this festival, they will be responsible for running a two-hourՏcreative workshop for children and youth in the community.

Residency Programme since: 2014
Description of Organisation: The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency connects artists of all mediums with the

natural and cultural landscape of northern Canada through expedition, personal

journey and community engagement.

By offering an experience in the emotive landscapes of the country we aim to

expand the space within each artist for contemplation, inspiration and creativity,

while physically drawing closer members of the Canadian cultural &amp arts


Organisation founded in: 2014
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: N/A
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Digital application
If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): CWAR Travel Grant – $1500
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Food
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Rural
City: Vancouver | Whitehorse | Dawson City
Country long: Canada
Vancouver | Whitehorse | Dawson City Canada
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