Deadline to apply is February 1, 2019

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency 2020 application form.

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2019, Midnight PST.


Throughout history, artists have seized the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural landscape to gain new inspiration and perspectives. The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is an internationally recognized program providing that experience. The Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada, and the US National Park Service have come together to create an opportunity for established visual artists to spend two weeks hiking the Chilkoot Trail, pursuing their work.

Long used as a trade route by the Tlingit in the region, the trail became the favoured way to reach the Klondike during the Gold Rush of the 1890’s. The 53km / 33mi route travels from Alaska to northern British Columbia along the Coast Mountains of the Pacific, through diverse landscapes, offering artists ‘in’ residence the experience of being up close and personal with incredibly unique natural, historic and cultural environments. The residency is planned so that during the two week trek, artists will be able to spend one to three days at each campsite interacting with hikers along the way.

Due to the nature of this program there are things you need to know before applying:

  • The Chilkoot Trail should only be attempted by physically fit individuals, experienced with multi-day, back country hiking
  • The two week period will take place between late June and early August and the chosen residents will travel during separate periods during that time
  • This program is open to all nationalities, but applicants must provide proof of proficiency in English
  • Applications are due by February 1st for the following calendar year
  • Artists will provide artist talks and/or workshops along the trail with fellow hikers, and post-trail in Skagway, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon. Interacting with the public is an important part of this residency
  • Artists will be required to supply and carry all of their provisions including food, art supplies, camping and cooking gear and clothes
  • Food caches along the route are available if delivery is arranged prior to May flights to the area
  • It is strongly recommended that artists bring a support person to help with carrying supplies and to enhance safety while travelling and camping in bear country
  • Artists will receive up to $100 USD from Skagway Arts Council to purchase necessary art supplies
  • Artists will receive a $3000 CAD honorarium from the Yukon Arts Centre

The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is a member of ResArtist, a worldwide network of artist residencies.


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