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The Wild Bush Residency is a four-day retreat for artists in a non-remote cabin in the moderately urbanised Canadian wilderness. All residents are expected to participate in landscape painting sessions but are encouraged to react to the theme of landscape painting through their own artistic approach.

The Wild Bush Residency has been set up as an opportunity for artists and cultural workers to consider the ways in which our practise has been shaped by dominant narratives in Canadian art. Participants are encouraged to respond to the notion of landscape painting as a 'national' art while remembering the historic roots of the practise. Considering that Canadian art has recently taken up a new found interest in pleinairisme, participants are asked to consider where their practise fits into this larger dialogue of wilderness, nature and a return to the 'wild'.

At once the action and reaction to historic and contemporary artist colonies, communal living exercises and good old fashioned art camps, The Wild Bush Residency prompts residents to think about the urbanization of the rural, the reality of the Canadian Wilderness and to question the sustainability and need of the back-to-the-land movement as it relates to their personal practises. The residency is run in English and French. The goal is to engage as many possible perspectives as possible.


The residency is free of charge.

No materials provided. No INTERNET AVAILABLE.

All residents are expected to supply and cook one meal during the retreat.







Lac Paquin, Quebec in June 2012 with Faiz Abhuani (QC), Soufia Bensaid (QC), Valérie Blass (QC), Dineo Bopape (SA), Esther Bourdages (QC), Martin Chramosta (CH), Luc Paradis (QC), Zeesy Powers(CA), Walter Kaheroton Scott (QC), Justine Skahan (QC), & Steve Topping(CA).


Lac Paquin, Quebec in June 2013 with Beth Frey (CA), Amy Wong (CA), Jan Hostetller (CH), Dayna Danger (CA), Michelle Lacombe (QC) & Saelan Twerdy (CA).


Arvenvuel/Amden, Switzerland in August 2013 with Daniela Brugger (CH), Jan Hostetller (CH), Martin Chramosta (CH), Karin Kurzmeyer (CH), Ramon Feller (CH), Nino Baumgartner (CH), & Saelan Twerdy (CA).


LacLac Paquin, Quebec in August 2013June 2014 with Jacob Wren, Napatsi Folger, Saelan Twery, Jacqueline Mabey, & Nicole Burisch

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