Open Call | Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency In Yukon, Canada and Alaska, USA

chilkoot-trail-2014-jessica-auerandreas-rutkauskas-_bare_loon_rhonda_documentationDeadline: 1 February 2017

Parks Canada, the Yukon Arts Centre and the US National Park Service have launched the 2017 and 2018 Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency. This residency is a unique two-week backcountry experience for visual artists with a passion for the outdoors to respond creatively to this remarkable National Historic Site. The program invites artists to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail from Alaska into Canada and connect with the hundreds of hikers along the trail, while pursuing their artistic practice. Originally used by Tlingit First Nation traders the Chilkoot Trail gained its fame during the Klondike Gold Rush. As news of a major gold discovery along Bonanza Creek spurred thousands of men to the head to the Klondike, the Chilkoot Trail quickly became the primary entry point to the Yukon goldfields. The Chilkoot Trail is now a popular destination for adventurous tourists from around the world.

The two week residency period will fall in one of three time slots- either late June to early July, Mid July or Late July to early August. Artists will hike the entire trail, spending one to three days at each campsite. Each artist will be required to provide and carry all of their backpacking gear, food and art supplies for the journey (though food caches are available, artists must arrange delivery in time for May flights). Bringing a support person, friend or family, is highly recommended. That person will help share the load and enhance safety while travelling, camping and working in bear country.

Location: Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, from Skagway, Alaska, USA to Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Duration: 2 weeks

Eligibility: This residency is open to Canadian and American visual artists for the 2017 season and applicants of any nationality for the 2018 season.

Support: Artists will receive up to $100 USD support from Skagway Arts Council in purchasing necessary art supplies and will receive a $1000 CAD honorarium from the Yukon Arts Centre.

Costs: Artists will be responsible for providing their own food, hiking/camping equipment and working materials and for their travel arrangements. Artists will be responsible for obtaining valid passports and the required international work permits and/or visas and are strongly advised to purchase extended health insurance. (Requirement for US temporary work visa.)

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The online application form may be filled out here: No submission fee.

Artists applying for the 2018 season are required to apply before the deadline of February 1st, 2017.

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