Yukon based artists (emerging, midlevel and advanced artistic levels) of all ages, genders (LGBTQ2S+), cultures and race are invited to apply. Artistic disciplines include visual art, music/songwriting, literary/storytelling, film, theatre, performance and more.
Ten artists will be selcted to come together at Fort Selkirk, Yukon Historic Site this summer for 10 days. An artist fee ($1000 minimum), per diems and gas will provided to each of the 10 selected artists.
Artists will create new works, collaborate, connect, perform and share knowledge -- once more at a glorious Yukon location! Organizers are planning to locate this year's YFAiRE at Fort Selkirk, a former trading post on the Yukon River at the confluence of the Pelly River.
All artists will camp in their tents and prepare their own food at this beautiful Yukon Historic Site, which is accessible only by boat. Boat transport will be provided to selected artists from the Pelly River Farm to Fort Selkirk on Thursday, July 14. Transportation back from Fort Selkirk to Pelly River Farm will be on Sunday July 24. All artists must be present at Fort Selkirk for the entire duration of the Exchange.
There is no internet or cell service at Fort Selkirk. There will be a satellite phone for emergencies only. There is one generator-driven plug outlet available for charging devices and printing B&W text materials. There is also a water pump for drinking water.
Professional artists of all levels (emerging, mid-level, advanced) will be selected.
Artists will make themselves available to anyone at Fort Selkirk in these ways:
By creating artwork in the open air, observable by all
By facilitating one creative workshop
By providing mentorship consultations
Artists-in-Residence will create, explore, connect, share and get feedback on their works. Opportunities to respectfully share work with peers will occur at campfires and various locations and buildings at the fort. They may share something from their main artistic discipline or - most encouraged - take risks by sharing from other disciplines they have been exploring.
YFAiRE exists to support artists' evolution and impact in our territory. By giving time and space, Artists-in-Residence can deepen connections through:
transfering artistic techniques during workshops and demonstration
creating new works
connecting with one another through discussions
observing one another’s new works coming to life
It is this very support for artistic evolution that strengthens and expands the creative fabric of the Yukon.
Pandemic safety precautions will follow the recommendations of the Government of Yukon Health and Safety and Chief Medical Officer. Ideally, the general public will be welcome to attend in person. Should government recommendations not permit this, then all workshops, artistic creations and performances will be filmed using a smart phone and shared online at a later date.
Children: Fort Selkirk is a Historic Site Campground. Children are welcome, and as with any park they need parental or guardian supervision at all times. Artists who bring children also must bring a guardian dedicated to caring for them. This is to ensure that each artist has the ability and time to focus on creating artwork in order to fulfil their role as a YFAiRE artist.