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Open Studio at Macaulay House

May 25, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join current artists in residence, Sophie Jaillet and Marita Michaelis at Macaulay House for informal evening of art and chat!

Wednesday, May 25, 7-9pm. (Princess and 7th)

Sophie Madeleine Jaillet is an artist and rock collector from Tiohtiá:ke / Montréal. Through her drawing and sculptural practices, Jaillet explores her human finitude in a state of ecological awareness. Her work underlines the ungraspable nature of geological and climatological processes, as well as highlights the limits of human perception when attempting to engage with large-scale occurrences. While in Dawson city, she’ll reflect on land use, the intersection of culture and nature, and deep time. Following the obtention of her BFA from Concordia University in 2013 and her MFA from NSCAD University in 2016, she has completed several artist residencies across Canada (Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, AB – 2016, Joggins Fossil Cliffs, NS – 2017, Est-Nord-Est St-Jean-Port-Joli, Qc 2017) and is scheduled to attend more in the upcoming years (Gros Morne National Park, NL 2023). Marita Michaelis resides on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in so-called Vancouver. She is a multidisciplinary artist, library worker, quilter, former caregiver, future cartoon character and wannabe everything. Sometimes she plays drums in post-punk bands and wonky pop groups. She is currently a theatre performance student at SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts. Marita first came to Dawson as an instructor for Girls Rock Camp and has been eager to come back ever since. As KIAC artist in residence, she’ll be working on a textile project exploring themes of care and collectivity. She’s interested in quilts as care objects and their ability to withstand and travel through time. The KIAC Artist in Residence Program is proud to partner with Parks Canada Klondike National Historic Site.


May 25, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


Macaulay House Artist Residence
Princess and 7th
Dawson City, Yukon Y0B1G0 Canada
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Artist In Residence Activities & Outreach

Artist in Residence activities include artist talks, studio tours, interactive events, and more.

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.

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Film Events

Film activities include film screenings, film selections, and more.

KIAC is proud to host an exciting roster of film screenings and film-related events throughout the year, such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge and Dawson City International Short Film Festival, numerous workshops, and other opportunities.


Exhibition activities include gallery viewing hours, exhibition openings, artist talks, calls for submissions, and more.

ODD Gallery

The ODD Gallery, located in the Dënäkär Zho / KIAC building, presents a wide array of outreach programming including artist talks, openings, lectures, screenings, youth programs and other special events. Gallery programming fosters professionalism and appreciation of regional visual arts practice, and provides the community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary visual arts practices and theories in a remote, northern setting.

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Kids & Youth Programs

Kids & youth activities include: music lessons, art classes, dance classes, book readings, toddler classes, after-school programs.

Year-Round Programming

Kids and Youth (toddler to teen) programming ranges from music lessons (vocals, piano) to dance class (ballet, hip hop, and more), to hands-on workshops (pottery, screen-printing, animation and more) and is offered regularly throughout the year. KIAC strives to subsidize Kids & Youth programs as much as possible via grants and funding. Programming ranges from free Drop-Ins to registered weekly programs.

Youth Art Enrichment

Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.

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Performing Arts

Performing arts activities include: concerts, theatre and dance performances, open mics, radio broadcasts, special events, and more.

KIAC presents a year-round professional performing arts series in the beautiful second floor Ballroom that actively engages our community and provides inspiring performance opportunities for international, national, and regional artists in many disciplines. Our diverse programming includes jazz, classical, folk & roots, experimental, dance, theatre, and more.


Workshops include: weekly drop-ins, registered programs, weekend workshops, and more.

KIAC presents a year-round schedule of educational opportunities ranging from drop in programs (pottery, screenprinting, seniors painting, concert band), to registered workshops (dance, music, film, visual art, craft, textiles, etc), to professional development opportunities for artists (grant writing, artwork documentation, etc).

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