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Residencies

Every residency is an immersion in unique areas of remote Canadian Wilderness, tailored to emerging and practicing artists of any medium.

Safety. Belonging. Inspiration.

Led by certified guides and art mentors, residents experience optimum conditions for creativity.

No previous trip experience is required. Appropriate training and preparations are provided to every resident upon arrival to ensure comfort and safety.

Residency locations are chosen for their wilderness landscapes, availability of knowledgeable locals and contrast to urban life.

Music On Trip: Carly Dow Inspires

Music On Trip: Carly Dow Inspires

Carly Dow is a Manitoba-based musician who brought magic to this year’s residency program. Her Wildcrafted soul-folk blends inspiration from wordsmith Gillian Welch with an edge reminiscent of Neko Case. Dow’s “dark and poignant writing” (Stylus) is at the forefront of her songs, rich in vivid imagery. The depth and space of her home province ...

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What’s it like? Check Out This Video!

What’s it like? Check Out This Video!

With footage from the 2015 Canadian Wilderness Residency Program, feel what the experience is like through the eyes of one of our alumni.

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What’s the reality of making art on trip?

What’s the reality of making art on trip?

Solitude and connection, travel and downtime — our residencies strive for a balance between them all. However, we cannot control the natural elements that may impact art creation. Inclement weather, cold and hot temperatures, as well as fatigue and general wear-and-tear from trip may impact your ability to create art. But fear not! With flexibility ...

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  • The Canadian Wilderness Residency Program strives to foster new perspectives on Canadian identity and works to promote and curate art that reflects on the themes of our national narrative.

  • By inspiring artists with experiences in the wilderness and cultural landscapes of northern Canada, we hope to foster new perspectives and stories about who we are as a country. 

  • In addition to our residencies, we work to create opportunities to share artists’ work in Canadian galleries and public venues.

Grow your portfolio, your network and your experience in the
remote Canadian wilderness.
Spark the next stage in your artistic career.

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