Induce a reductive premise in your research or art process. Unleash a wilderness in your creativity by living simply on the shores of Lake Superior. Commune with the elements and hone your awareness. Expand into the freedom and purity of expression found in imposing limitations to distill your ideas.
Artists who are adventurous in spirit and experienced in the outdoors will relish in the sublime majesty of this wild place from the comfort of our beachfront Airstream trailer and campsite.
Isolation and unplugging is required by this remote location without cell or internet service on site. Connect to the land and water to infuse your art practice, erode the sediment of everyday routine, and reveal the pearl of your wildest dreams.
Theano Point is a 300 acre peninsula of wild pre-Cambrian mountains, bluffs, alpine forest, interior bush, sandy beach, three cobble beaches, an island, and winding coves of geologically diverse Lake Superior shoreline- set against the backdrop of a dramatic and ever changing coastal climate, on the world’s largest freshwater lake (geographically designated as an inland sea).
Theano Point is adjacent to Lake Superior Provincial Park and is located in Ontario’s Algoma region, a famous subject for The Group of Seven painters.
Artists are invited to respond to self-imposed limitations inspired by the wilderness immersion that residency at Theano Point provides to your art practice.
What making will come from your studio of wave, wind, rock and wood? What will your research determine without relying on the internet? How will you feel when surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty so much farther than your eyes can see?
Duration of residency
Various dates and durations are available for one, two, or three weeks, to one month or longer, between June – September 2020
AMENITIES at the Theano Point Airstream Trailer have been carefully designed and thoughtfully appointed to best encourage the deepest experience of the wilds that soar and surge around and beyond it.
Private site at the base of the bluffs and perched just above the beach is home to our refurbished 1969 Airstream – a ‘woodsy, beachy, studio cabin’ with double bed is perfect for solo artist or partners, and a dual purpose bench and sofa can sleep two more artist collaborators or children.
We hope that you can come with just your art supplies, personal items and clothing, towel, and groceries, to find everything else that you need for a comfortable stay in the wilderness is here.
The sandy site is serviced by an outdoor camp-kitchen with propane stove and potable water, campfire ring, benches, chairs, tables and hammocks, stairs down to the beach, and a trail up the mountain.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Open to artists, writers, musicians, thinkers, and makers of all disciplines.
A Small writing desk and large dual purpose bench provides workspace inside the trailer, and two picnic tables provide outdoor work surfaces.
Solar panels and a battery inverter provide 70 amp hours of electricity for lighting and device charging.
An aluminum 17’ sea-canoe, and many other outdoor adventure amenities bring your studio and research lab as far into untouched wilderness as you wish to go.
Studio / Workspace
Inside the private Airstream trailer, a small writing desk and large dual purpose bench provides a protected workspace, and two picnic tables provide additional outdoor work surfaces. An aluminum 17’ sea-canoe, and many other outdoor adventure amenities bring your studio and research lab as far into our 300 private acres of untouched wilderness as you wish to go.
Fees and support
Fees for residency at Theano Point are determined to support the length of your stay, and to support collaborative partners or artists who are parents by waiving additional fees for additional residents. Residencies at this private off-grid lake-front campsite are awarded for stays ranging from one week to one month or more.
For example, fees for a group of 3-4 people staying together for 3-4 weeks are as low as $21 – $31 CAD per person per day:
-For shorter stays of 7-10 days: $110 CAD total / night (1-4 people)
*Longer residencies receive discounts commensurate with the length of your stay:
2 weeks = 10% discount
3 weeks = 15% discount
1 month or more = 20% discount.
Expectations towards the artist
Transportation, food and art materials are the responsibility of the artist. A personal vehicle or rental car is necessary for access to the property as well as nearby hiking in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Fresh potable water for our provided containers, firewood for the woodstove, and hot showers can all be obtained within nearby driving distance.
With limited cell service available at the property, unplugging from technology is encouraged. Cellular network can be visited within a 20 minute drive.
Artists are responsible for their own safety and proficiency in the outdoors. All attending residents are required to have medical travel insurance.
Artists are optionally encouraged to document their experience and share some impressions with The Wild Residency archives. Artists are welcome to propose show and project collaborations in their submissions.