Residence Applications

COVID-19 Notice

Due to a backlog of residencies postponed due to the pandemic, we will not be issuing a call for 2022. If you are a Yukon resident, you may apply for a studio residency. Please email for details.

General Calls

Macaulay House Artist Residency

KIAC Artist Residency

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.

The residence accommodates two artists concurrently for research, development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work.

KIAC accepts applications from visual artists, media artists and interdisciplinary artists, as well as curators.

Consideration will be given to professional, established and emerging Canadian and international artists. All disciplines will be considered.

Artists may also have the opportunity to facilitate outreach programs such as talks, workshops and exhibitions, intended to promote interaction and professional development, and provide access to a diverse range of contemporary arts practices and theories within the community.

General Call residencies will run in February, April through June, and from August through December.

Participants are responsible for all travel and personal expenses including food and materials related to their work.

See application guidelines below.

Specific Calls

2022 Film Festival Residency

The Dawson City International Short Film Festival takes place each spring on Easter Weekend and presents screenings, workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and more to over 1,400 enthusiastic cinema buffs.

Filmmakers working in all media may apply for residency dates to coincide with the Film Festival and have the opportunity to participate in Festival Programming.

Please mark your application “Film Festival Residency.”
Filmmakers may also apply under the General Call for residency dates other than those connected with the Film Festival.

Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter-in-Residence

Since 2006, the Dawson City Music Festival has proudly operated an annual Songwriter in Residence program in partnership with KIAC.

Expectations of the residency are flexible – the only requirements are that the artist spend the month of January in Dawson City working on their craft, perform one public concert (format subject to change due to COVID-19), and collaborate with the community by leading an outreach activity.

For more information and application details, please visit

The Natural & The Manufactured

Residency & ODD Gallery Exhibition: Curatorial Proposals

The Natural & The Manufactured is conceived as an ongoing, annual research project to involve visual, media and interdisciplinary artists, curators, art historians, writers and cultural thinkers through residencies, exhibitions, lectures, essays and workshops. 

The ODD Gallery seeks proposals from guest curators to select two artists who will create work for two site-specific (off-venue) installations or projects during a 6-week residency. The curator will also present a public lecture and write a post-exhibition text.


Applicant Eligibility

KIAC accepts residence applications from visual artists, media artists and interdisciplinary artists, as well as curators. Consideration will be given to professional, established and emerging Canadian and international artists.

All disciplines will be considered including but not limited to: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Design, Architecture, Photography, Installation, Performance, Video and Film, Filmmaking, New Media, and Audio. KIAC encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional communities of Canada.

Project Eligibility

Residencies are available for research, development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work. Artists’ proposed projects should take into account KIAC’s limited resources.

Projects that do not require access to specialized equipment are most suitable to the residency program. Artists are responsible for ensuring any additional specialized equipment.


Proposals should include:

A) This application form

B) Documentation of Work

Still Images:
10 to 20 images saved as .jpg files at 72 dpi in RGB colour mode. Label each image with a number and title – start the first nine images with a zero (01title.jpg, 02title.jpg…10title.jpg) to ensure they are presented in the desired order.

Film/Video/Audio/Time-based Work:
Please make video and audio files available online (ie Vimeo, Youtube, soundcloud etc) and provide the url link(s) in one separate PDF. Total running time is not to exceed 10 minutes.*No compressed files, ftp, drop box, WeTransfer etc.

C) A PDF file including the following:

1. Residence Project Description & Artist’s Statement
Max 1 Page combined. Excess text will not be presented to the selections committee.
a. Please state whether you are applying for general residence or for the film festival residence.
b. A clear and concise description what you propose to do during the residency.
c. An artist’s statement relating to the proposed work.

2. A current CV
(max 3 pages)

3. Description of Documented Work

Still Images – a numbered list indicating artist, title, medium, dimensions, and date
Video/Audio/Time-based Work – a description indicating artist, title, medium, duration and date of work.

* Please include only the requested material in your proposal package. Packages that do not include all of the above will be deemed incomplete and may not be considered.



Please email complete applications to:
Email subject line should read:
“yourlastname residence submission”
or “yourlastname filmfest residence submission”

All support materials should be attached to one email.


Please mail complete applications to:
Klondike Institute of Art & Culture
c/o ODD Gallery
Box 8000
Dawson City, Yukon, Y0B 1G0

Mailed submissions will not be returned.

Due to the number of applications, only successful candidates will be notified. 

For more information contact:

Dan Sokolowski, Residence Coordinator
KIAC Artist in Residence Program
Email: or
Phone: 1-867-993-5005 or Fax: 1-867-993-5838