The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency connects artists of all mediums with the
natural and cultural landscape of northern Canada through expedition, personal
journey and community engagement.

By offering an experience in the emotive landscapes of the country we aim to
expand the space within each artist for contemplation, inspiration and creativity,
while physically drawing closer members of the Canadian cultural & arts

Organisation founded in


Brief 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.

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.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Grants available

CWAR Travel Grant - $1500

Expenses paid by artist
  • Other


Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Food
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralRemote Wilderness

Contact information

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency
Vancouver | Whitehorse | Dawson City

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