CHU NIIKWÄN ARTIST RESIDENCY

The Chu Niikwän Artist Residency is a unique partnership between three visual arts presenters: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, the Yukon Arts Centre and the Yukon Art Society with the support of Yukon Government. Centred around the shared goal of artistic innovation, collaboration and professional development, this 3-week paid residency invites three visual artists as well as an emerging curator to gather in Whitehorse, Yukon to develop an exhibition of new work. 

From August 24th until September 12th, 2020, each artist will be provided with their own studio space in a venue operated by the participating partners: KDCC Culture Cabins (Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre), the Old Fire Hall (Yukon Arts Centre) and Arts Underground (Yukon Art Society). While these artists will have dedicated space to develop their own work, the proximity of these studios, as well as many popular meeting places along the Yukon River, will help facilitate collaboration between the artists.

In addition, each residency will have a focus that supports the mandate of the host organizations. Due to COVID-19, all public engagements will happen virtually with artists and curators gathering while maintaining the current public health restrictions.

The culminating group show at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre will take place November 2020, with an artist talk during the exhibition.

2020 Curatorial Direction

This residency encourages artists to develop new work in dialogue, with the reflection of listening curators to deepen and draw out ideas. The Chu Niikwan residency will be co-curated this year by Nicole Bauberger, of settler descent, along with Lori Beavis (Miichi Sagiig Anishinaabe, Hiawatha First Nation and Irish-Welsh descent.) Nicole will be at home in Whitehorse and Lori will participate remotely from Montréal.

Nicole and Lori are eager to create a space for dialogue between Indigenous and settler artists; between established and emerging artists; and between themselves and the artists.

Recent Covid-related realities have forced us to think deeply and practically about how to connect within the constraints of physical distancing. These constraints call upon us to find new ways to make and maintain relationships. Can we apply these to artmaking, and the relationships we make by means of artmaking, perhaps moving towards better understandings across cultures, towards making a better country to live in together?

We invite artists to consider these ideas in applying to the residency. We also encourage Yukon artists outside Whitehorse to consider applying. While we don’t have the budget to put you up in Whitehorse for the three week session, if selected we will figure out a way to work together virtually.

Learn more about last years Chu Niikwän Artist Residency 

 

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Want to Apply?

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE RECEIVE

        •   Studio space at one of the three participating venues from August 24th until September 12th, 2020

        •   Exhibit work created during the residency at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in November 2020.

        •   $2,500 honourarium (per artist)

        •   Professional artwork photographs and artist portraits on September 12th, 2020.

        •  An opportunity to create under the curatorial guidance of mentor curator Lori Beavis and emerging curator Nicole Bauberger.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

We are not able to provide accommodations for participants.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (KDCC Culture Cabins)

       Indigenous visual artists only.

Yukon Arts Centre (at the Old Fire Hall)

       Any emerging or established Indigenous or non-Indigenous visual artist.

Yukon Art Society (at Arts Underground)

      Indigenous or non-Indigenous emerging visual artists only. Emerging visual artists are defined as being in the early stages of their career with a short exhibition history and a commitment to expanding their practice.

 

All applicants must be residents of the Yukon or Atlin, B.C.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Completed application form

2. Short bio (150 words maximum)

3. 8-10 high-quality photos of work completed within the past 5 years

4. Letter of intent (what you plan to do. Please refer to the curatorial outline)

5. Artist CV

 

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Application may also be completed by phone or in person at Arts Underground.

 

JURY PROCESS

Applications will be juried by a panel of representatives from the partnering institutions

 

FAQ

WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?

Artists will need to bring all materials and items they require to work independently for three weeks.

 

WHAT ARE THE WORKING HOURS? WHAT ARE THE STUDIO HOURS?

Artists must spend 20+ hours/week working in their studios. Hours of studio access are from 10am - 7pm.

 

ARE ARTISTS REQUIRED TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY?

Yes. Artists are required to engage with the community their three-week residency. Due to COVID-19, these public engagements will occur virtually.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE WORK THAT IS CREATED DURING THE RESIDENCY?

Artists are expected to have work which has been created during the residency ready for exhibition in early September. One image from each artist will be retained for future promotional purposes.

 

HOW ARE THE VISUAL ART RESIDENTS SUPPOSED TO INTERACT WITH THE CURATOR?

Artists are expected to work with the curator on the development of a curatorial direction for the exhibition. At minimum, the visual art residents should expect one visit/virtual call per week from the emerging curator.

 

HOW WILL THE VISUAL ARTS RESIDENTS INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER?

Artists are expected to meet with each other a minimum of 3 times throughout the duration of the residency. Due to the proximity of the residents there will be many opportunities to interact and have discussions.

 

WHEN IS THE EXHIBITION AND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE ARTISTS?

Artists are expected to be present at the opening of the group show at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in November. Artists will be paid an honorarium to present an artist talk during the opening.

 

CAN I STILL APPLY IF I DO NOT LIVE IN WHITEHORSE?

While we are not able to provide accommodations for participants, there is an opportunity for artists to join the Residency in their own space while meeting with the other artists and curators by video conferencing.

Questions or need help with the applicaton? Please contact Heather at:

admin@artsunderground.ca

866-667-4080

15-305 Main Street

Whitehorse, YT

Y1A 2B4

Photo: Artist Meshell Melvin works on her salmon project during her residency at the Old Fire Hall in September 2019. Photo by Mike Thomas.

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