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Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2016

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2016


“Being on the Chilkoot is always a highlight as it is in constant change and an extremely diverse landscape. There are always new clouds, winds, sunny days, and fresh breezes that travel through the land and create constant motion” (Heather Bell Callaghan, 2015).


(Snell, 2014)


Together, the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service are seeking three visual artists – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaskan residents) to participate in a cross-border creative journey within Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia. The partner organizations are thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind residency once again in 2016, its sixth consecutive season.

“The entire experience was just phenomenal and not something I would have been able to do under any other circumstances” (Michelle Lattimer, 2015).

Selected artists will follow the infamous Chilkoot Trail, once trod by Tlingit First Nation traders and Klondike Gold Rush stampeders, for two weeks. Average hikers take four to five days to complete the trek, whereas with support from Trail staff and from a friend or family member of their choice, artists are able to take time to interact with hikers, make art, and soak in the natural and historic beauty of the Trail.

“We were welcomed in Canada at the pass warden cabin, and from there on, the hospitality only increased” (Andreas Rutkauskas, 2014).

(Curry, 2015)

The residency program holds a joint goal for the US National Park Service and Parks Canada: to increase public awareness of the Chilkoot Trail, particularly in major cities. By creating art during and after the hike, and by leading workshops and/or art talks on the trail and in nearby communities, artists inspire Canadians and Americans to appreciate the legacy of the Chilkoot Trail.

“The people that I met along the way and the people that work on the trail were especially a highlight. I was not expecting such a social hiking experience, which was great, because my project really relied on engaging people in conversation” (Steve Snell, 2014). 

For the Yukon Arts Centre, the residencies are a way of fostering the Yukon’s creative and cultural economy by developing ties with tourism, bringing new and broader audiences into contact with contemporary artists; providing a stimulating working experience for artists; and encouraging art making that explores and even challenges ideas and issues in landscape art.

Apply today!

Circum-Arctic Art Show in Reykjavik, Iceland

Circum-Arctic Art Show in Reykjavik, Iceland

Within weeks Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) and Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) worked cohesively in sending eight Yukon artists’ artworks to an international showcasing of circum-polar Indigenous Peoples' art. The Circum-Arctic Art Show is the first annual showcase held in Reykjavik, Iceland from October 15th-19th, 2015.

YAC's gallery intern, Teresa, took on the Yukon's portion of the Circum-Arctic Art Show as her first fall project. 

Seen above are some of the pieces Teresa packed for shipping. 

There are fourteen First Nations and eight language groups in Yukon, Canada. Each boasts enriched visual artists who create astounding works of art based on their traditional teachings, contemporary experiences, and cultural knowledge.

Today, there are hundreds of artists, both established and emerging, residing on their Traditional Territories in small communities across the North. Yukon First Nations illustrate their astonishing talents of combining both traditional and modern materials into their works breaking down stereotypes and paving the way for conversations surrounding First Nations and the expression of indigeneity through art.

Seen above, artworks snuggled together and ready to be shipped to Iceland. Two full crates were sent. All artworks arrived safely to Iceland and are currently on display at the Gamla Bio

We had the privilege of sending two artists to attend and represent the Yukon, Shirlee Frost and Mark Preston.

Artists that have work currently on display at the Circum-Arctic Gallery include Lena White, Sarah McHugh, George Roberts, Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse, Dennis Shorty, and Dolores Scheffen.

Photo courtesy of Circum-Arctic Gallery. Seen in the photo above, "Carrying Forward Our Traditions" collaborative piece created at the 2014 Adaka Cultural Festival and "Mother Earth Protects the One's We Hold Precious To Us" (button blanket) by Lena White displayed at the Circum-Arctic Art Show Mainstage. 

YAC and YFNCT hope to work together again in creating opportunities for Yukon visual artists abroad.