Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Yukon Arts Centre is the Northern Canada┬┤s premier venue to experience art in all its forms, from visual arts to dance, drama and music of all genres, to hands-on workshops and talks.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are providing an opportunity for established visual artists to pursue their work amidst history and nature on the Chilkoot Trail. Artists will hike the entire trail during a two week backpacking trip, spending one to three days at each campsite. Each artist will be required to provide and carry all of their backpacking gear, food and art supplies for the journey (though food caches are available, provided artists arrange delivery in time for May flights). Bringing a support person, friend or family, is highly recommended. That person will help share the load and enhance safety while travelling, camping and working in bear country. Each of the artists chosen will travel during separate two-week periods. Artists will receive up to $100 USD support from Skagway Arts Council in purchasing necessary art supplies and will receive a $3000 CAD honorarium from the Yukon Arts Centre. The residency will occur over a two-week period between late June and early August.

This residency is open to applicants of any nationality for the 2019 edition. Artists applying for the 2019 edition are required to apply before February 1st, 2018.

The Chilkoot Trail, like all Parks Canada places, reflects the rich and varied heritage of our country and provides an opportunity for Canadians and visitors to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Gallery/Museum
  • Other

National Parks

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

$3000 CAD honorarium from the Yukon Arts Centre.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class

Each artist is expected to provide the rights to use a high resolution digital image of a finished piece of work that was initiated during the residency.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralBackcountry outdoor setting

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation

How to reach

By car

The Chilkoot Trail is accessed from the town of Skagway, Alaska. Skagway is accessible by road from Whitehorse, Yukon, via the South Klondike Highway. During the summer visitor season, there is a bus service between Whitehorse and Skagway. There is both ferry and commuter air service to Skagway from Juneau, Alaska.

Nearest airport

Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport or Juneau International Airport

Contact information

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency
300 College Drive
Y1A 5X9 Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Phone: 8676678460
Fax: 867393-6300

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