The Wild: Artist In Residence

Name of Residency: The Wild Residency

We offer a range of thematically curated and self-directed residencies at our three locations in Canada available by rolling open application.  We also release calls for intensive group research and exploration residencies by invitation and timed application, announced each year.

Rolling open-call for self-directed residencies in the remote and rugged wilds of Lake Superior at Theano Point, Ontario, Canada are available annually from May to October.  A retrofitted Airstream trailer with outdoor kitchen on a beautiful beach tucked into the mountainside provides most comforts of home on this dramatic private peninsula of Pre-Cambrian geology, soaring bluffs, cobble beaches, and crystal waters

Curated residencies by invitation and application occur at the Wild Mill Studios in a river valley of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, occasionally throughout the year. A restored tri-level 2700 square-foot century-mill provides modular live-work space and professional drawing, painting, and writing studios. Email info@thewildresidency to apply or nominate someone else.

Solo, group, and family self-directed and invitational rural retreat residencies at Coral Cabin, on New World Island, Newfoundland’s north shore, Canada bring artists back in time in a fabled landscape seeped in a unique cultural history that flows though these modern times.  Perched on the North Atlantic Ocean shore, a cosy, off-grid home base provides a gateway to the rural wilds of this rugged coast, as well as the charming town of Twilingate, the circle of north shore outport fishing islands including fantastical Fogo, and the geographic grandeur of Gros Morne National Park.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

In support of the artists, thinkers, researchers, and tellers of our times, we share our wonderment in the wilderness at three different permanent locations in Canada, as well as wandering nomadic residencies around the world. We invite those seeking the wisdom, perspective, inspiration, and clarity that wilderness immersion and adventure provide.

At The Wild: Artist In Residence, we align our curatorial collaborations with a pursuit to honour wild ecologies, international communities, personal histories and diverse cultures.

Committed to artist support, we offer opportunities for collaborative exchanges, solo retreats, mentorship matchmaking, and didactic community building through the sharing of disparate disciplines, alternate histories and personal place-making.

Thematically evolving programs and self-directed retreats in spectacularly beautiful wilderness locations in Canada and around the world provide unique opportunities for artists and professionals from various disciplines to turn inward, to turn outward, to be alone, to come together, to experience the alchemy of juxtaposed origins with the inherent energies of wilderness escape for solitary research and creation, and to experience the catharsis of collaboration, exhibition, and community building across cultures and geographies.

Wilderness residencies in painting, photography, film, architecture, sculpture, music composition, writing, dance, movement, performance, and land-based conceptual art provide artists, researchers, thinkers and creatives with the unique opportunity to explore, create and be in the wild.

At The Wild: Artist In Residence, founding artists and curators Jocelyn Claire Burke and James Carlton Webster provide artists with space and support by sharing our remarkable land, inspiring accommodations, professional studios, vibrant community, resources and experience.

We collaborate with artists to create an inclusive, immersive, career propelling platform and archive from their residency in our wild places.

Our residencies host artists at 3 physical locations in very different, very beautiful parts of Canada as well as travelling residencies around the world from time to time. (Explore our inaugural thematic group research residency on the Amalfi Coast of Italy: “Wonder Up A World” in October of 2018 on our website archive,

Please be aware that some resources listed in this ResArtis profile are necessarily combined from our various locales. Some resources are not listed here, as we are extremely resourceful! Please see our website for specific details on our three permanent locations and wandering nomadic projects. We would love to hear any questions or ideas you have.

Organisation founded in: 2018
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: 5
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Musical-instruments
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Guest Curators, Alumni Resident Artists, Local Arts Communities, the European Cultural Academy in Venice Italy
    Application process: Open call
    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): Residency fees are commensurate with each individual program and location, as listed on our website for each opportunity or announced at the time of each curated call.
    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): The Wild: Artist In Residence likes to save money for a rainy day! The Rainy Day Cafe is a recurring salon-style gastronomic soir_Ñ_e at the Wild Mill Studios. Funds raised by art sales at this exclusive invitational momorial event finance The Rainy Day Scholarship: fully or partially funded residency accommodations are awarded annually to an artist whose circumstances require financial support, and whose work demonstrates an alliance with a curatorial theme, announced before each award.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Supplies
    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
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Forest Conservation
    • Family Life
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Wild Mill Studios: Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto (YYZ) / Theano Point: Sault Ste Marie International Airport (YAM/CYAM) / Coral Cabin: Gander International Airport (YQX)
    Nearest Train Station: Wild Mill Studios: GO Transit, Orangeville, Barrie or Brampton / Theano Point: Go Transit, Sault Ste Marie or Montreal River Harbour (Greyhound Bus)
    How to reach by plane: Theano Point: Sault Ste. Marie International Airport, Sault Ste Marie, OntarioWild Mill Studios: Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto, OntarioCoral Cabin: Gander International Airport, Gander, Newfoundland
    How to reach by car: Theano Point: 1 hour drive on Highway 17 north from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.Wild Mill Studios: 1-1.5 hour drive north from Toronto via Airport road or Highway 410, to River Road and Main Street, Melancthon.Coral Cabin: 1.5 hour drive from Gander on Highway 330 to Highway 331 north to Twilingate, north on Regional Route 334 to New World Island.
    Street & Number: 181 Main Street, Hornings Mills
    Postal Code: L9V 1X7
    City: Melancthon
    Country long: Canada