The Wild: Artist In Residence

General information

Brief description of organisation

In support of the artists, thinkers, researchers, and tellers of our times, we share our wonderment in the wilderness at three different permanent locations in Canada, as well as wandering nomadic residencies around the world. We invite those seeking the wisdom, perspective, inspiration, and clarity that wilderness immersion and adventure provide.

At The Wild: Artist In Residence, we align our curatorial collaborations with a pursuit to honour wild ecologies, international communities, personal histories and diverse cultures.

Committed to artist support, we offer opportunities for collaborative exchanges, solo retreats, mentorship matchmaking, and community building through the sharing of disparate disciplines, alternate histories and personal place-making.

Thematically evolving programs and self-directed retreats in 3 different spectacularly beautiful wilderness locations in Canada and around the world provide unique opportunities for artists and professionals from various disciplines to turn inward, to turn outward, to be alone, to come together, to experience the alchemy of juxtaposed origins with the inherent energies of wilderness escape for solitary research and creation, and to experience the catharsis of collaboration, exhibition, and community building across cultures and geographies.

Wilderness residencies in painting, photography, film, architecture, sculpture, music composition, writing, dance, movement, performance, and land-based conceptual art provide artists, researchers, thinkers and creatives with the unique opportunity to explore, create and be in the wild.

At The Wild: Artist In Residence, founding artists and curators Jocelyn Claire Burke and James Carlton Webster provide artists with space and support by sharing our remarkable land, inspiring accommodations, professional studios, vibrant community, resources and experience.

We collaborate with artists to create an inclusive, immersive, career propelling platform and archive from their residency in our wild places.

Our residencies host artists at 3 physical locations in very different, very beautiful parts of Canada; as well as travelling residencies around the world from time to time. (Come with us to Venice Italy in July 2019 to study at the European Cultural Academy in collaboration with The Jealous Curator at the 58th Biennalé Arté!)

Please be aware that some resources listed in this ResArtis profile are necessarily combined from our various locales. Some resources are not listed here, as we are extremely resourceful! Please see our website for specific details on our three permanent locations and wandering nomadic projects. We would love to hear any questions or ideas you have.

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Brief description of residency program

As independent artists and entrepreneurs ourselves, we are proud to provide a variety of thematically curated and self-directed residencies at our three wild locations in Canada. We also like to create opportunities for occasional wandering collaborations around the world from time to time.

Full details of our opportunities for 2019 are in the ResArtis Upcoming Deadlines listings and on our site at




In an exciting partnership with the European Cultural Academy, The Wild Residency invites artists and creatives from all fields and backgrounds to a unique two week opportunity behind the scenes of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fair. This intensive course in collaboration with Danielle Krysa, aka The Jealous Curator, is set within the context of the 58th Biennalé Arté, with classrooms in the historic palazzos of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Study strategies and approaches unique to your creative endeavors in contemporary art, and join a supportive network of international peers, leading curators, and successful ‘artrepreneurs’ in making our wild dreams a reality this summer in Venice.


In generous collaboration, the European Cultural Academy is reserving 8 admissions for the Wild Residency community (if you’re reading this, it could be you!), and awarding one successful applicant who is a student (enrolled at a college or university) with up to €1000 euros in travel scholarship support to be used towards airfare and / or train tickets.

Full course details, tuition fees and what\'s included, instructor bios, and application info at





Rolling open-call for self-directed residencies in the wilds of Lake Superior at Theano Point, Ontario. Adventure from a vintage Airstream campsite over the beach beneath the bluffs for one to three weeks from May to October.


Explore questions and patterns of quantum physics through the observation and abstraction of nature. Your laboratory is a private 300 acre wild peninsula of diverse shoreline, pristine beaches, old growth forests, unique geology deposits, and dramatic bluffs surrounded by the world-class Lake Superior Provincial Park. Your studio is a refurbished vintage off-grid Airstream trailer tucked in the base of the mountain above a sandy beach. Artists and collaborators or small collectives with interests in origin story mythologies, creative cartography, or site responsive architecture will be given special consideration. Must be adventurous in spirit and experienced in the outdoors for this self-directed wilderness adventure.



Invitational self-directed residencies are hosted at the Wild Mill Studios in a rural river valley of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, throughout the year. A restored tri-level 2700 square-foot century-mill provides modular live-work space and professional drawing, painting, and writing studios with shared or private bedrooms and comfortable amenities.

‘SUMMER CAMP’: JUNE 18-28 2019

For ten days surrounding the summer solstice, wander upstream in the valley of the watershed. Nourish your creative rituals while enjoying the wild playground of summer in the countryside. Give focus to refreshing your professional studio practice, ramble the trails and waterways, and connect with like minds over dinner in the garden. Feel like a kid at summer camp and a bohemian at a friend’s country house all at once in this relaxed and restorative art retreat.



A rustic off-grid salt-box ocean-front cabin on New World Island, northern Newfoundland, is your home base and portal back to century old time weathered traditions. Artists seeking solitude can unplug from modern routines while exploring the mysteries and wild charms of northern ocean coves in this fabled circle of islands beside Fogo at the’ fourth corner of the earth’.


Where is the past in your future? How does ancestry manifest in you? Solo artists or duo collaborators proposing work related to themes of tradition, storytelling, folklore, fable, narrative, history, or psychogeography; and who wish to create a series or body of work in response to this rustic, rural, wild, northern island location are warmly invited to apply.



You can review our inaugural thematically-curated wandering residency "Wonder Up A World" from last year in the wilds of the Amalfi Coast of Italy: a place so beautiful that it is said to exist between heaven and earth. In this adventure of origins, an international group of ambitious artists wandered through that most historically iconic landscape for creative refuge, while living in ancient monastery caves carved from cliffs over the sea.

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Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Land based art, site-specific work, extended studio practices, social intervention, documented collections, poetry, visual essays, you name it.
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Independent curatorial project

Residency conditions

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


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners

Creative friends, partners, and collaborators

Grants available

The Wild: Artist In Residence likes to save money for a rainy day! Plans are on the horizon for The Rainy Day Café: a recurring salon-style gastronomic soirée at the Wild Mill Studios. Funds raised by ticket and art sales at this exclusive invitational momorial event finance The Rainy Day Scholarship: fully or partially funded residency accommodations are awarded annually to an artist whose circumstances require financial support, and whose work demonstrates an alliance with a curatorial theme, announced before each award.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

While contributions such as artist talks, presentation or donation of artwork, or community workshops, are all welcomed, they are not necessarily required, and depend upon the agreement specific to each residency. Artists are always invited to contribute something of their experience at their residency to our online archive. This could be work created, or other impressions of their time in our wilds.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Musical Instruments
  • Painting and drawing studio
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Number of studios

between 5 and 10

Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By plane

Theano Point: Sault Ste. Marie International Airport, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Wild Mill Studios: Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Ontario

Coral Cabin: Gander International Airport, Gander, Newfoundland

By car

Theano Point: 1 hour drive on Highway 17 north from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

Wild Mill Studios: 1-1.5 hour drive north from Toronto via Airport road or Highway 410, to River Road and Main Street, Melancthon.

Coral Cabin: 1.5 hour drive from Gander on Highway 330 to Highway 331 north to Twilingate, north on Regional Route 334 to New World Island.

Nearest airport

Wild Mill Studios: Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto (YYZ) / Theano Point: Sault Ste Marie International Airport (YAM/CYAM) / Coral Cabin: Gander International Airport (YQX)

Contact information

The Wild: Artist In Residence
181 Main Street, Horning´s Mills
L9V 1X7 Melancthon

Phone: 705-481-7548

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