Deadline: 30/01/2018


A week long research residency for artists to study nocturnal wildlife.

Wildlife at night

Description of residency program
Nocturn is a research residency for artists interested in nocturnal wildlife. The weeklong residency will facilitate at least 10 excursions into natural habitats and laboratories enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts to learn and collect materials.


Artist talk
: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

We will set up a moth lure to observe the local moths with artist Jim des Rivieres who will give a workshop on high resolution scanning of insects.

We will visit a bog to catch fireflies with a local entomologist who will describe the 8 local species and their distinct flash patterns.

Mammals an amphibians:
Listen to sounds of the Gatineau Park on a night hike with out a flashlight. Learn about the local wolf, coyote beaver and frog activity.

Wild Animal Care:
A visit and guided tour of the Rideau Valley Wild Animal Rehab Centre to see young raccoons, skunks and other nocturnal animals.

We will spend a night in the Lafleshe Cave system to witness the departure and arrival of the colony of bats that live there. A bat expert will join us with her bat detector to amplify their tweets and chirps.

We will learn to solder an Arduino to build our own bat detectors.

Human sleep:
Visit the Sleep Research Lab at the Royal Ottawa hospital.

Talk about lulabies after a sound healing session.

This owl prowl will lead you to the bast spots for listening to bard, screech and great horned owls in Ottawa and tune you in to other nocturnal birds.

During a demonstration of sterile tek for DIY biology experiments, we will inoculate grain with bioluminescent fungus for residents to take home and grow their own glow in the dark mushrooms.  Since the insects that spread these mushrooms' spores are nocturnal, this is a way to call attention to them selves after dark.

Visit the Lafleshe caves.

A look through the telescopes of the Royal Astronomical Society during a private star party. A talk by Eric Lemay about astrophotography and a discussion on the possibilities of extra terrestrial life.

Duration of residency
The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the summer of 2017.

Disciplines supported and technical information
All disciplines are supported. No science experience necessary.

Residents will be picked up in Ottawa and driven to the Ayatana Residency House, where they will have a bed and bedding and will be driven to all activities. Meals will be provided.

Indoor and outdoor workspace is available

Residency fee is $1200 USD

Expectations towards the artist
Residents are not expected to produce work during the program. Residents are expected to give a 20 minute artist talk to the group.

Application information
Application instructions are on the program website

Selection process
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.




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