JENNI HOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCY

Situated in the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, the Jenni House has been providing an inspirational creative space for artists since 2015. Sitting on the banks of the Yukon, this historic log and timber frame building is part of Shipyards Park - a treasured community hub for the residents of Whitehorse. Currently during the winter months the residency is located next door at the Chambers House. These spaces distinctly honour the northern environment with its vast open spaces and views of the nearby mountains.

Please note that Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health and Yukon Government requirements relating to the COVID-19 pandemic may of necessity restrict the eligibility of applicants from outside the Yukon; and for applicants from rural Yukon communities outside Whitehorse, funding may only be allocated for remote ‘stay and work at home’ residencies.

The Jenni House Artist Residency provides studio space to artists from the Yukon, its northern neighbours (Northwest Territories, Northern BC and Nunavut) as well as circumpolar countries. Monthly residencies allow those working in visual arts, film and media, music, literary arts, spoken word and multi-disciplinary/multimedia arts to step away from their every day and immerse themselves in their craft, in an environment that is historically, culturally and geographically relevant.

This program is organized by the umbrella arts organization ArtsNet and is supported by a collective of Yukon-based arts organizations including: the Yukon Arts Centre, Yukon Film Society, Jazz Yukon and Music Yukon. These groups gratefully acknowledge the support received from Culture Quest, Arts Fund and the City of Whitehorse as well as individual donors and corporate sponsors in making the Jenni House Artist Residency possible.

Photo: Ceramics artist Leighann Chalykoff is joined by her companion, Gus, during her Jenni House Residency in June 2020. Photo by Mike Thomas

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The Jenni House Artist Residency has two deadlines annually: February 15 and August 14. Note that for 2021 the deadline is Friday, August 13 at 11:59 pm PDT.

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About the Jenni House Artist Residency

  • Selected artists will be awarded a one month residency and a $1000 CAD honorarium and $100 material allowance for public engagement (ie supplies for workshops, food for reception etc).
  • Artists from rural communities outside Whitehorse and Artists from outside the Yukon can apply for travel, accommodation and living allowances.
  • Support for travel is $250 for rural Yukon participants and up to $1,000 from out of territory; accommodation is $1000 and subsistence ($600).
  • Artists can usually find affordable lodging within walking distance of the studio.
  • The Jenni House studio is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair accessible washroom facilities. This is not currently the case at the Chambers House.
  • Free public access to wi-fi is available nearby at the Whitehorse Public Library (no internet at the Jenni House).

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