In addition to the Chilkoot Trail Aritst Residency, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service offer a number of other exciting opportunities for artists to be inspired by the natural beauty and cultural heritage of our diverse national landscapes. Artist programs and residencies (some of which are listed below), hosted in national parks spread throughout both countries, invite artists to spend anywhere from one week to six weeks creating art, and sharing this work and their artistic process with park visitors. The Yukon Arts Centre encourages emerging and established artists to explore these unique opportunites to practice and promote their art in spectacular settings!
NORTHERN CANADA & ALASKA
ART IN THE PARK, IVAVVIK NATIONAL PARK, YUKON
Art in the Park is four day artist retreat held in July in Ivavvik National Park, which comprises the Northern Yukon and Mackenzie Delta regions. This guided and catered base-camping trip for a maximum of 10 people is reserved on a first come, first serve basis and precedes the nearby Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NT. Return from the park and join the GNAF festivities! For more information, click here, email or call 1-867-777-8800.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM, ALASKA
This program offers residencies lasting 10 days in both winter and summer months within Denali National Park and Preserve. For more information, click here or call 907-683-9532.
*KLONDIKE INSTITUTE OF ART & CULTURE (KIAC) ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM [AND ODD GALLERY EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING], YUKON
*Although not a national park program, this residency takes place at Klonike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. Commemorated for its association with the full extent and impact of the Klondike Gold Rush from 1896 to 1910, the Dawson City Historical Complex has been classified a National Historic Site of Canada. Each year, KIAC selects two artists to experience this unique heritage, whilst researching, developing and producing new bodies of work. KIAC also frequently issues calls for submissions for exhibitions within their contemporary art centre, the ODD Gallery. For more information regarding KIAC’s artist residency click here or email. For more information regarding submissions for ODD Gallery exhibitions, click here or email.
GWAII HAANAS NATIONAL PARK RESERVE & HAIDA GWAII MUSEUM ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA
This residency invites visual artists to explore the remote islands and forests of Gwaii Haanas for a 5 to 10 day period. Upon returning to their studios, artists will create artwork to be exhibited in Haida Gwaii Museum and other venues across Canada. For more information, click here, email or 1-877-559-8818.
THE BANFF CENTRE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMS, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA
The Banff Centre, located on Tunnel Mountain within Banff National Park, offers residencies throughout all four seasons. For a minimum of 12 days, artists are provided with an individual studio and Visual Arts facilities such as printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography, to create new works, research ideas and experiment with different techniques and modes of production. For more information, click here or email.
ART IN THE PARK, MOUNT REVELSTOKE NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Mount Revelstoke National Park and the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society are offering two opportunites for artists in the Columbia Mountains:
BALSAM LAKE ART CAMPS PROGRAM
Small groups of artists are invited to spend several days in July and August creating artwork in Balsam Studio, whilst staying at a rustic Balsam Lake cabin and exploring the park. Upon completion of each retreat, artists are expected to provide a minimum of three completed pieces for an exhibition at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. For more information, click here, or call 250-837-7503.
CARIBOU ARTISTS’ CABIN PROGRAM
Located high on Mount Revelstoke, the Caribou Aritsts’ Cabin program offers artists an opportunity to work on creative projects in a spectacular setting. To reserve a retreat, please contact: 250-837-7552.
DEEP BAY ARTISTS’ RESIDENCY AT RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, MANITOBA
This residency invites professional artists to work on creative projects in a historic cabin at Wasagaming for a two to six week period, whilst surrounded by the natural beauty of Riding Mountain National Park. For more information, click here, email or call 1-866-994-2787.
ARTISTS IN THE PARK, GEORGIAN BAY ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, ONTARIO
This program invites up to 6 artists to spend five days in Georgian Bay Island National Park, inspired by its natural beauty and cultural heritage. For more information, click here, here (after March 3, 2014), email or call 705-527-7200.
ART IN THE PARK, PUKASKWA NATIONAL PARK, ONTARIO
This artist residency invites artists to stay a week on a campground at Hattie Cove in Pukaskwa National Park, creating artwork and interacting with park visitors through talks and workshops. Artists are expected to display a temporary exhibition of their artwork in the Visitor Centre during their residency. For more information, click here, email or call 807-229-0801 x238.
GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK & THE ROOMS PROVINCIAL ART GALLERY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM, NEWFOUNDLAND
This program offers four visual artists accommodation and support for a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of six weeks between May to October within Gros Morne National Park to pursue their artwork, whilst also performing weekly public outreach. For more information, click here, email or call 709-757-8048.
TERRA NOVA NATIONAL PARK & THE ROOMS PROVINCIAL ART GALLERY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM, NEWFOUNDLAND
Lasting three to six weeks, this residency offers four artists accomodation and support to create artwork on Newfoundland and Labrador’s east coast sometime between May and October. Some element of public outreach or interaction is also excpected as part of this program. For more information, click here, email of call 709-757-8048.
The US National Park Service offers artists more than 50 residency programs in national parks across the country. Although programs vary, most residencies are typically two to four weeks in length and include lodging. Often artists are encouraged to share their art with the public through various outreach activities. A directory of each park’s residency including program details, application process, timeline and contact information, can be found here.