Deadline: 06/01/2018

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency - 2018

26 Days in the Yukon | 650km Paddle North.

Description of residency program
Dates: July 25th - August 19th, 2018
Location: Yukon River, Yukon Territory
Application Deadline: January 6th at 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 having the 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.
The program 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 making decisions 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.

Duration of residency
This residency is 26 days in length:

  • 6 days are spent in Whitehorse visiting with local artists and preparing for trip
  • 16 days on water paddling 650km north to Dawson City down the Yukon River
  • 4 days are spend in Dawson City participating in the Riverside Arts Festival

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
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-hour creative workshop for children and youth in the community.

All accommodations thorughout the residency are provided, and will consist of a mix of hotel/hostel, community centre lodging and camping in tents while on trip.

  • 6 days are spent in Whitehorse visiting with local artists and preparing for trip -- diring this time artists will be based in hotel/hostel & community centre lodging.
  • 16 days are spent on trip, paddling north down the Yukon river -- artists will be camping in tents during this period. 
  • 4 days are spent in Dawson City -- accommodations are a mix of hotel/hostel and camping during these days. 

Studio/ workspace
As this is a "on-the-land" residency, creation is entirely done while paddling down the Yukon River. Therefore no traditional "studio space" is provided, however artists will stop at specific locations where there is break-out space in old cabins and sheltered forested areas where work can take place. 

Fees and support
Residency is 26 days in length | 16 days on water paddling 650km north to Dawson City.
Total Cost: $3200. This includes:

  • All travel within the scope of the residency
  • Airport shuttle pick-up in Whitehorse
  • Overland shuttle to and from river
  • On-water shuttle to the river put-in location on Lake Laberge
  • Shuttle return from Dawson City to airport
  • Knowledgable & experienced guides
  • Tents, cooking and shared camping equipment (ex. tarps, stoves, water purification, etc.)
  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs
  • Safety equipment, including satellite phone
  • Tandem moving-water paddle training
  • All meals
  • All accommodations 

A Travel Burasary of $1500 is available to successfull applicants.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists will be responsible for introducting their work to fellow residency artists, participating in workshops/events and co-facilitating a a two-hour creative workshop for children and youth as part of the Riverside Arts Festival in Dawon City.

Application information
Applications must be submitted using the SlideRoom online portal. Step-by-step application instructions are available on the portal. There is a non-refundable administrative fee of $15 per application, payable through SlideRoom. The administrative fee will be deducted from program costs upon acceptance.

Applicants will be asked to complete:

  • Application form
  • Statement of intent (500w max)
  • Curriculum Vitae (3 pages)
  • 3-5 scenario/situation-based questions
  • Supportive material:
    • 10 images (max) in JPEG format, with relevant caption information included
    • 2 videos or links (max) for film, video or audio submissions
    • 3 samples of published work (10 pages total max)

​You may save your application within SlideRoom and log back in to complete it at a later date.
The successful candidates will be assessed on the basis of their submitted material and artistic merit, with careful consideration to scenario/situation-based questions, and selected by an impartial jury composed of Advisory Board members, CWAR staff and invited guests.
10 artists will be selected. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application is submitted, and will be notified of their status in January 2018 regardless of acceptance or decline.​ 

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency - 2018

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency - 2018


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