The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency is an internationally recognized program that provides artists the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural landscape to gain new inspiration and perspectives. 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. These are the artists who are participating in this year's residency and who will also be sharing there experiences and work in public talks.

Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram

Chilkoot Artist in residence Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram and his hiking partner Gabe Genola will discuss their time on the Chilkoot Trail, combining photography, video, text, and other media at their artist talk at Arts Underground in Whitehorse on July 12th at 5:30pm. They will describe how what we see in nature, wild places, and cultural landscapes is shaped by the communities and cultures that nurture us relying on Julia Cruikshank's 2005 history of the St Elias Range, "Do Glaciers Listen?", which portrays the trail as a key space for different cultures to meet and sometimes prosper from each other.

Gordon is from Salt Spring Island, B.C., and his work focuses on traditional indigenous knowledge, modern science, and contemporary practices working towards sustainability and social reconciliation.

Gabe will explore his time on the Chilkoot Trail in terms of his growing up in the Italian Alps and now developing social media programmes for BBC in London.

Gordon will reflect on the impact of family stories on his view of the area especially based on what was passed down by his Métis grandfather, Francis Alfonso Brochu, and his two brothers who worked the Chilkoot Trail in the late 1890s.

Hannah Perrine Mode

Hannah is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, working at the confluence of visual art, community storytelling, and climate science. She will speak about how she imagines art as a tool for storytelling and deepening her engagement with place, and share more about her work completed in residence on the Chilkoot Trail. She will also discuss her ongoing work in Alaska with other scientific and wilderness organizations, and the ways in which she attempts to bring the vastness of geologic time to an intimate human scale through her art practice.

Hannah is beginning her 14-day trek as our second 2019 Artist in Residence on the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. Hannah is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Oakland, California. She will be on the trail from July 3rd-16th, and will be giving art talks at Sheep Camp on July 8th and Lindeman city on July 13th at 7:00pm AK Time.

She will be presenting again at The S.S. Klondike National Historic site in Whitehorse on July 17th at 5:30pm.

Sara Tabbert

Sara Tabbert is from Fairbanks, Alaska, and is heading out as our third artist in residence on the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. She is a printmaker and mixed media artist. All her work is tied to the material of wood through carving and print making. Sara will be on the trail from August 21st to September 3rd. She will be holding relief block printing workshops at Sheep Camp on August 26th and Lindeman City on August 31st at 7:00pm AK time.

And she will be giving a talk at The Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse on Friday, September 6th at 5:30pm.

Friday, July 5 - Thursday, September 5

Artists Talks from the Chilkoot Trail

Event Details


Friday, July 5 2019

Thursday, September 5 2019