Artist in Residence Program
Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe. Former KIAC residents have work in permanent collections at the National Gallery of Canada, the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Yukon Arts Centre, and have presented work at some of the world’s premier venues: MoMA New York, the Georges Pompidou Centre (Paris), Documenta, Venice Biennale, Whitney Museum, and Art Gallery of Ontario, among many others.
Our Artist in Residence Program aims to present an inspirational environment and culturally relevant context for art creation and research for professional artists of all levels of experience.
The residency is in historic Macaulay House (owned by Parks Canada, who maintains Macaulay House as part of the Klondike National Historic Sites Complex). There are 2 artists at a time in the house. Each artist gets a private bedroom and private studio space. There is shared kitchen, living room and a bathroom. Hi-speed internet is provided. Artists also have access to facilities at KIAC which include video equipment, art supplies, printing facilities, darkroom and performance space.
This fine two storey house, built in 1901, was owned by Henry C. Macaulay, Dawson City’s first mayor. Subsequently, it housed such affluent individuals as a merchant, a Territorial Commissioner, a surveyor, and senior management of the Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation. It was a residence for those whose instructions, salaries and life-style came from outside.
To provide professional artists with unrestricted time and space to research, develop and produce ongoing or new body of works/projects.
To introduce visiting artists to northern peoples, cultures and landscapes.
To provide the Yukon community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary Canadian and international arts practices and theories.
To provide outreach activities such as talks, workshops and exhibitions, intended to promote interaction and professional development within the community.
At this point we are not accepting applications due to the pandemic and artists inability to travel to Dawson City. Stay tuned for a new deadline for spots in 2022.
To view the application guidelines and download the application form, click here.
Staff: Dan Sokolowski, Residence Coordinator
Klondike National Historic Sites
Dawson Historical Complex protects over 17 buildings that are associated with the story of the Klondike Gold Rush. The site reflects the social, economic and political features that shaped the Yukon region over the last century. Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 1967-1982
For more on Dawson Historical Complex and the other Klondike National Historic Sites, check out the Park Canada website.