Native American Art Residence :: Call for Artists


I get a lot of artist opportunities in my mailbox, but only from time to time share them with you all on the blog. This is a unique opportunity to reside on a Haida North American reservation, to be inspired by this great and ancient culture and to contribute to the local community there with an inspired vision.

The Haida culture is known for its animal wood carvings (see below) as well as basket weaving, among other things. Fancy sharing your love for art and life at a remote wilderness location with a Native American nation, that is usually not open to the general public…. Sounds really soulful to me!




Details of this art residency opportunity:

Call to Artists – Residency Program in Gwaii Haanas

Gwaii Haanas and the Haida Gwaii Museum

Residency: 5 – 10 days (weather dependent) in June 2011

Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2011

Gwaii Haanas and the Haida Gwaii Museum are proud to partner in this new “artist residency” program that aims to connect people to Gwaii Haanas through art.

Three visual artists will spend 5 – 10 days (weather dependent) in June 2011 immersed in the natural and breathtaking “islands of beauty.” Selected artists will live in a remote field-camp setting in Gwaii Haanas, embarking on day-trips and camping out-trips. Of the three artists, one space is available for an individual not residing on Haida Gwaii.

Artists will undertake “research” by exploring, photographing, sketching, and writing about their surroundings. Artists provide their own personal gear, art supplies, and transportation to/from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii and commit to finishing two pieces of artwork for exhibition, one piece to be donated to the Haida Gwaii Museum.

A selection committee made up of Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii Museum staff will review all submissions. Final selections will be based on the applicants’ experience and community engagement proposal, artist statement, originality of work, and relevancy to the Gwaii Haanas experience.

How to Apply

Prepare a clear, concise proposal outlining: what you would like to experience/accomplish, what ability and tolerance you have in a remote camping environment, what you could offer to the community (workshops/presentations requirements for off-island applicant only). An artist statement, 5-10 digital images, and an inventory list are also required. Full program and application details are available at:

For more information: Jen Wilson at 250-559-4643 ext 247 or


Note: On the website it has a different date: March 11, and so I would give the organizer an email well and truly before that date to understand the exact requirements.


Native-American Inspired Jewelry

If you don’t want to go that far, check out the Native American-inspired jewelry projects also featured today/tomorrow:
Story Necklace
Arizona Sunset Bead Embroidery Earrings
Dream-Catcher Bracelet


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