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 River, 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.

The Jenni House Artist Residency provides studio space to artists from the Yukon, its northern neighbours (Northwest Territories, Northern BC, Alaska 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 in partnership with a collective of Yukon-based arts organizations including the Yukon Arts Centre, Yukon Film SocietyJazz Yukon and Music Yukon. These groups gratefully acknowledge the support received from Arts Fund and the City of Whitehorse as well as individual donors and corporate sponsors in making the Jenni House Artist Residency possible.

Artist Andrea Nelson of Haines, Alaska, works on her art in the Chambers House in Shipyards Park as part of the Jenni House Artist Residency on March 29, 2023. Mike Thomas photo.


The Jenni House Artist Residency has two deadlines annually: February 15 and August 14.

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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 (i.e. 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 $1200 (and under review) and subsistence is $600 (and under review).
  • Artists can usually find 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.
  • The Chambers House may not be suitable for all Artists and their planned activities.
  • Free public access to wi-fi is available nearby at the Whitehorse Public Library (no internet at the Jenni House).


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