2020 Residency

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency
July 23rd to August 16th, 2020

How to Apply

The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency

Applications will be accepted online as of Friday Nov. 1st, 2019 and will close Friday, December 21st 2019 at 11:59 pm PST.

Applications must be submitted using the SlideRoom online portal. Step-by-step application instructions are available on the portal. There is a non-refundable administrative fee of $20 per application, payable through SlideRoom (Note: fee is in USD due to the application portal platform).

Applicants will be asked to complete and/or provide:

  1. Application form
  2. Statement of intent (250 words max)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)
  4. Answers to 2 scenario/situation-based questions to help us get a better sense of each applicant
  5. Supportive material (*Note: the below categories are to provide support material submission options to artists working in different or multiple mediums. Applicants do not have to submit support material in all format categories, only those that they feel best present their work):
  • 6 images (max) in JPEG format, with relevant caption information included; and/or
  • 2 videos or links (max) for film, video or audio submissions; and/or
  • 3 samples of written work (6 pages max)

You may save your application within Slideroom, and log back in to complete it at a later date. The application deadline is December 21st, 2019 11:59pm PST.

The successful candidates will be assessed on the basis of their submitted material and artistic merit, with careful consideration to scenario/situation-based questions, and selected by an impartial jury composed of Yukon artists, Advisory Board members, CWAR staff and invited guests. A representative may call you for additional information or clarification. Only 10 artists will be selected.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application is submitted, and will be notified of their status in January 2020 regardless of acceptance or decline.

Accepted applicants will be required to pay a $400 deposit (non-refundable) within two weeks of acceptance to secure their place in the residency. Remaining costs will be due eight (8) weeks prior to the residency start date. Following this date, accepted applicants choosing to withdraw from the residency will receive a 50% return of total costs. Residents withdrawing after July 1st will not be eligible for a refund.


The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency is committed to inclusivity and encourages applications from artists of any culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, nationality or disability status. CWAR is open to artists of any medium and age, living anywhere in the world.

Upon arriving, selected applicants will participate in the appropriate training and preparations necessary to be comfortable and remain safe while on trip—this will include canoe training, food preparation, back-country etiquette, bear safety training, and general camp skills.

Equipment and training are provided with the exception of personal gear; participants are simply required to embrace the journey, your co-participants and all that the the Yukon has to offer, with an open mind.

Frequently Asked Questions
Email info@canadianwildernessresidency.ca