Deadline: 10/02/2018


A week long research residency for artists to study water.

Human relationships with water

Description of residency program
Submerge is a research residency for artists interested in water. The weeklong residency will facilitate at least 10 excursions into natural habitats and laboratories enriched by scientists, sailors and experts to learn and collect materials.

Outline of activities:

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

Canoe the length of Lake Philippe. Residents will have a lesson in a canoe and will get to know each other during an afternoon canoe trip in Gatineau Park.

Spelunk the Lusk Cave. The Lusk cave is a 500 meter long marble cave carved by a warm stream that continues to run through it. Residents will have the opportunity to wade through the cave. It is mostly knee deep but at one point we will have to hold our breaths and swim underwater for a few feet.

Visit the studio of a local boat builder.
Denis Tremblay builds house boats from reclaimed materials.

Tour a working hydro electric dam.
A behind the scenes look at the Farmer Rapids Dam.

Visit an active beaver dam.

Visit a steam paddle boat on the Gatineau River.
One of only 3 working steam paddle boats in Canada.

Introduction to dowsing workshop.
Learn to find water with the Ottawa Dowsing Club.

Underwater sound recording.
Listenwith a local naturalist and soundscapper.

Sail the Ottawa River on a 29 foot sailboat.
Learn about aquatic navigation.

River profile workshop.
Learn how rivers are formed and about local water sheds.

Visit a series of local waterfalls, weirs, islands and a covered bridge.

White water raft the Ottawa River. 
(Residents who do not want to do this will be dropped off at the water spa.)

Tour local wetlands guided by a naturalist.
Learn about shore biodiversity and influence of runoff.

Duration of residency
The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in July of 2018.

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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