In the Hole Residency | Saskatchewan, Canada

Deadline for Submissions: 15 February

Have you always wanted the intensity of a day or 2 (or 3) in a large earthen hole with one other person?

In the Hole is a short-term residency located in an earthen hole on Treaty 6 territory in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Each resident will spend 6 hours each day in this hole as a participant in this residency. Residents can come for one day up to a maximum of 3 consecutive days. There will be one person at a time at the Residency.

This residency, organised by Linda Duvall, coincides with a confirmed exhibition at PAVED Arts Saskatoon (424 20th St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X4, running from May 5 – June 17, 2017). Live video and audio streaming from the hole will be presented in the gallery in the city of Saskatoon 60 Km away for the duration of each residency day. Each participant in this residency will spend these 6 hours each day in the hole with the artist/organizer Linda Duvall and a video camera.

Submission Information
Dates of the Residency: May 5 to June 17, 2017
(any consecutive days Tuesday to Saturday)

1) State the length of time that you wish to stay – one, two or three days
2) State the dates of your availability in order of preference
3) On one page (maximum 400 words), state why you wish to attend this residency. Outline what contributions you might make to the project.

Please include a short bio and any website links within the one-page text.

Send submissions to –
Please put In the Hole in the Subject Line

Deadline for Submissions – February 15, 2017

Funding is available to each resident in the amount of $50.00 per day for up to 3 days. In addition each participant will be provided with a food budget of $25.00 each day.
Each participant must find their own way to Saskatoon. Once you arrive in Saskatoon, we will provide free transportation to and from the site. Also included is accommodation in the form of single bedrooms and kitchen for cooking in a shared cottage near the site of the hole. You will be responsible for purchasing supplies and preparing your own food while in residence. If you wish to stay longer in Saskatoon, you will need to find your own accommodation there.
Thanks to Saskatchewan Arts Board and PAVED Arts for supporting this project.

Information about the Site of the Residency

This 6 foot-deep hole was dug in 2012, with a 5-foot walkway circling a central mound of earth. This hole has been hollowed out of thick prairie grassland with roots dangling overhead. Since then this space has been subject to ongoing weather events like rain, snow, hail and wind. Various transformations have occurred due to gopher and swallow incursions, and larger animals like deer, foxes, skunks and coyotes that discovered this sheltered space.
A space such as this hole can be approached from the perspective of the Anthropocene and ecology, spirituality and burials, secrecy or revelations, history and agriculture, and metaphor and symbol. This land is especially significant in terms of the history of Saskatchewan since there is no evidence that it has ever been tilled.

Content of time / Information about the Residency

The premise of this residency is that new knowledge comes from the concentrated interaction of people with varying knowledge bases and perspectives. This hole in the ground is a possible site for conversation, contemplation, making sounds, reading out loud, or being silent. This is also about duration, about spending extended blocks of time surrounded by earth and sky, and one other person. This residency is open to anyone with an interest in exploring this experience regardless of age, artistic, educational or cultural background. Accessibility can be discussed.
This immersive experience provides an alternative model for participating in a residency. In this model the organizer of the residency is an active contributor with the participant in the entire process. In the Hole provides a context for looking directly at collaboration within an experiential perspective.


What if it rains or snows? The show must go on. Umbrellas, warm coats and rain boots will be available.

What is the final product? The total emphasis of this project is duration and process, the visceral feel of being in this hole. If you want to create products leading from this experience later, that is your choice.

Can I create permanent or large-scale changes to the hole? Probably not but let’s discuss what you have in mind.

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