Heather Bell Callaghan will be occupying the Jenni House Residency, located in Shipyards Park. The August residency focuses on Craft, as a part of the Craft Year 2015 initiative which is a year-long, nation-wide festival aimed at promoting craft as a key player in Canadian Culture. The Jenni House Residency, for the month of August, is presented in partnership with Yukon Film Society and Yukon Arts Centre.

Callaghan will be focusing on creating regalia inspired by the Chilkoot Trail’s history of trade routes during her Chilkoot Trail Residency (July 8th – 23rd). Heather will also be continuing her progress on a ten foot painting for Walking with Our Sisters which incorporates more than 60 moccasin tops, sometimes called ‘vamps’, ‘uppers’ or ‘tongues’.

 ‘Heather Bell’ Callaghan is a local girl who loves the outdoors and was born and raised in the Southern Yukon. She is of Inland-Coastal Tlingit and Norwegian/Irish Ancestry and takes pride in learning about her roots from both of her parent’s cultural backgrounds. Her  first artistic mentor was her Grandma, Tlingit Artist Eliza Bosely (nee Fox), who lovingly shared with her Granddaughter various technical skills, and design ideas. From the Eagle-Killerwhale clan, Heather’s Tlingit Woven Art has been accepted by the Yukon Permanent  Art Collection and is currently on exhibit and is currently in the Found, Forged and Fused exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery in Whitehorse. She has been part of exhibits in Vancouver and some amazing international cultural exchanges where she has  been able to share art with communities in New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii and other places she has visited in Central America, Africa and others. She loves to create traditional regalia, as it always brings her back to her roots with her Grandma Eliza, and helps to  contribute, alongside other artisans, to the cultural community of our northern home. Callaghan’s philosophy with art and life is “the more you learn, the more you realize there is to learn”.

 Goals of Residency

• Provide Artists with free studio space to design, create, and promote artistic creation projects; with a focus on craft for the August residency.
• Encourage the cultural intendment of the Pioneer Hotel/Jenni House as a space for reinterpretations of Yukon heritage through artistic expression;
• Promote interaction within the community with one open-house per residency to be coordinated jointly between YFS, the Artist, and the Sponsoring Organization Yukon Arts Centre.

Heather will host an Open House and Public Workshop on August 27th, 2015 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.