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Residents catch insects with entomologist Andrew Young

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Ayatana residents visit the Ottawa Community Beekeepers' hives

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Residents hold a wrigling Altas moth pupa (photo Melissa Smith)

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Entomologist Jeff Skevinton shows the group around the
National Collection of Insects and Arachnids

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Residents examine moths in the field with
entomological photographer Jim des Rivières

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Residents perform emergency surgery on a Morphos butterfly

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Ayatana residents learning to use a bug catcher with entomologist Hume Douglas

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Residents chase insects in Gatineau Park with an entemologist

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Swarm: Insects and Entomology for Artists
Gatineau Hills, June, 2018
Deadline to apply: Jan 20, 2018

Swarm is a specialized residency for artists to pursue their curiosity of insects. The immersive research retreat allows artists to interact with the living natural world over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in June of 2018. With the help of a team of professionals with diverse entomological expertise the residency will facilitate daily excursions into nature for collection of materials and exploration of a wide range of Canadian wildlife habitats as well as visiting private laboratories and curated collections. Daily expeditions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs will be enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts. This action packed research residency leaves little time free for making art, so developing ideas and collecting material is encouraged at all times.

Ayatana residencies are designed to facilitate first hand experiences that will enrich visual and conceptual artists' practice within a group of like minded creative people. Artists, writers, musicians, film makers and dancers are invited to apply. The jury will select five or six international artists based on their portfolio rather than how they fit into any description of an artist.

We are looking for adventurous creative people interested in experimentation who have a willingness to participate in spontaneous sharing of early-stage ideas and work in a small group.

At least half of all Biophilia field trips are spent outdoors and some involve gentle hiking.

 

Outline
All activities are subject to change depending on ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.

Artist talk: Residents are invited to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Moths:
We will set up a moth lure to observe the local moths with artist Jim des Rivieres who will give a workshop on high resolution scanning of insects.

Butterflies:
A walk in the field to see local butterflies with a lepidopterist.

Caterpillars:
Visit a lab at Carelton University where audible caterpillar communication is studied.

Invasive species:
A guided hike through the Gatineau Forest with an expert on emerald ash borers.

Pests:
We will spend an afternoon with a progressive exterminator who will teach about local pests and cutting edge methods of dealing with them.

Pinning and preservation:
Visit to the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, and a tour of one of the best collections of its kind in the world, with approximately 16 million specimens.

Illustration:
A meeting with a national entomological illustrator from the CNC.

Fireflies:
We will hike out to catch fireflies with a local entomologist who will describe the 8 local species and their distinct flash patterns.

Dragonflies:
A guided hike through Petri island with expert entomologist to learn about the many local dragonflies and damselflies.

Bees:
A visit to a local honey farm to look at the hives and to learn about colony collapse and urban bee keeping.

A visit to a bee physiology lab at Ottawa University.

AMBO:
The Ayatana Moth and Butterfly Observatory houses a small collection of live native and exotic moths and butterflies each year. If you would like to work with a specific species it may be possible for Ayatana to import them so they are available to you during your residency.

 

Location:
Residents will be picked up in Ottawa, Canada and driven to the Ayatana Residency House, near the small town of Chelsea, Quebec. This culturally vibrant town, surrounded by the Gatineau Hills is nestled between Gatineau National Park and the Gatineau River.

 

Cost 
$1200 USD
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invites will be given to accepted applicants to help in the procuration of grants and funding.

 

What is included:
All activities.
Transportation to all activities.
Supplies, equipment and technical gear.
A comfortable bed in the Ayatana residency house.
Most meals will be provided, cooked by our resident chef. *Residents will be responsible for paying for their own meals from restaurants, which will happen 2 or 3 times during the week.

 

How to apply:
Send the following material to ArtLovesScience@gmail.com
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of work

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.

 

Disclaimer: Those who do not like the outdoors or to talk about art, need not apply.

 

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For more images of past adventures see our face book albums

Swarm 2017, Chelsea Quebec

Creep 2016, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophilia July 2015, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Biophilia Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec