Artists are invited to submit proposals that creatively respond to the theme: “Pleasure Paradigm”
Indulge in the pleasures of your art practice and relax into natural systems to intuitively explore shifted paradigms. Enjoy the luxuries of time and space at our restored historic mill in the Pine River Valley of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Support your art practice with restorative hikes, swims, soaks in the tub and nights sleeping to the sound of the stream or glow of the fire.
On this self-directed residency, artist are free to imagine new systems to live and work, in which the personal is political and pleasure redefines the paradigm.
Duration of residency
Various dates and durations are available for as short as one weekend, to one week, two weeks, or three weeks between June – September 2020
Tucked into the hills of the watershed wilds halfway between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay, a private apartment in a historic stone mill over a spring-fed stream and pond offers a gateway to a waterfall-laden wilderness and world class hiking such as the Bruce Trail.
Enjoy the stylish comforts and conveniences of this rustic, cozy, yet spacious studio workspace: wifi, kitchen, three piece bathroom with claw foot tub, desk, workbench, two double beds, living room, and two separate entrances: steps to the lush stream and up to historic main street, or down out back to the pond and yard with campfire. Bicycles can be borrowed, and a personal or rental vehicle is recommended for exploration of this beautiful river valley and surrounding communities.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Open to artists, writers, musicians, thinkers, and makers of all disciplines.
We provide the ample live-workspace of a historic private apartment and an exquisite natural setting, in hopes that you will find new pleasure in your art practice as well as be refreshed and inspired by the simple pleasures of life.
We aim to support artists who wish to propose show and project collaborations, or community events such as an artist talk, workshop, performance, or open studio.
The resources, facilities and culture of nearby villages, towns and city of Toronto are a short drive away.
Further equipment and amenities, or additional studio or performance space, can likely be arranged on request.
Studio / Workspace
This 800 square foot private apartment has a desk, a workbench, wifi, a really cool vibe, and plenty of open space both indoors and outdoors.
The Wild Mill apartment is located on the lower garden-level below and separate from the main studio, with full bath, kitchen, laundry, stone-walled pond-view bedroom and living room with gas fireplace, and two private stream-side terraces / entrances.
Further equipment, amenities, or additional studio space can likely be arranged on request.
Fees and support
FEES for self directed residency at the Wild Mill Studios pondside apartment 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.
For example, fees for a group of 3 people staying together for 3 weeks are as low as $31 CAD per person per day.
Residencies are awarded for stays as short as one weekend to a few weeks:
For stays of 3-7 days: $110 CAD / night
Longer residencies receive discounts commensurate with the length of your stay:
2 weeks = 10% discount
3 weeks = 15% 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.
All attending residents are required to have their own 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, or community events such as an artist talk, workshop, performance, or open studio.