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Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency

The application deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Applications are now open for the 2020 wilderness residency!

Length: 25 Days
Dates: July 23 – August 16, 2020
Location: Yukon River, Yukon
Application Deadline: December 21, 2019 at 11:59pm PST

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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, this residency expands the space within each artist for contemplation, inspiration and creativity, while physically drawing closer members of the Canadian cultural and arts communities.

CWAR is unlike any other residency. While being artistically inspiring, it can also be both physically and mentally challenging. Residents will spend 17 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, 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 with regard to safety and risk management, navigation using river maps and in-camp routines.

This residency begins with five days in Whitehorse attending events, artist talks, studio tours, and preparing for the trip. At the end of the journey, residents will spend three days in Dawson City where they will be arriving in time for the Riverside Arts Festival. CWAR supports this festival in partnership with the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture. Participation has varied from artist talks to instillations and varies as we work together each year.

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