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 didactic community building through the sharing of disparate disciplines, alternate histories and personal place-making.

Thematically evolving programs and self-directed retreats in 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. (Explore the Amalfi Coast of Italy and "Wonder Up A World" with us this October, application open now!)

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

We offer a range of curated and self-directed residencies at our three locations, and our first collaborative travelling residency opportunity is now open for application:

Join us in Italy on the Amalfi Coast this autumn! Apply by June 19th 2018 for our inaugural thematically-curated residency "Wonder Up A World" in the wilds of the Amalfi Coast: a place that is said to exist between heaven and earth. Explore the legendary coastline with six artists while imagining a new reality or dream project from October 1-8 2018.

Rolling open-call for self-directed residencies in the wilds of Lake Superior at Theano Point, Ontario, Canada are available annually from May to October.

Invitational curated residencies occur at the Wild Mill Studios in a 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. Email info@thewildresidency to nominate yourself or someone else.

Coming in 2019, self-directed and invitational rural retreat residencies will expand to Coral Cabin, on New World Island, Newfoundland\'s north shore, Canada.

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Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • 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
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners

Creative friends and collaborators

Grants available

The Wild: Artist In Residence likes to save money for a rainy day! The Rainy Day Café is a recurring salon-style gastronomic soirée at the Wild Mill Studios. Funds raised by 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
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 required. Rather, artists are 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
  • Food
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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