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

Researchers at the Pelling lab show us new human ears growing on apple scaffolds

Expedition leader Alyssa Ellis photographs finches at the national archives

Residents hike Gatineau Park

Residents learn which wild plants are edible

Artists working with the Innis Point Bird Banding Association





































Biology for Artists
Gatineau Hills, August, 2020
Deadline to apply: Feb 10, 2020

Biophilia is the urge to affiliate with other living forces. The term literally means the love of life or living systems. 

Biophilia is a residency for Canadian and international artists interested in ecology, nature and life sciences to interact with the living world. It will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the summer of 2020. The residency will involve daily excursions into natural habitats for collection of materials and exploration of a wide range of Canadian wilderness. Expeditions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs will be enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts.

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.

At least half of Biophilia field trips will be spent outdoors.

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: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.


A guided hike through the Gatineau Forest with an expert on invasive species.

Backstage tour of the birds and skeletons in the Museum of Nature Research Collection.

Hike and forage with a mushroom expert in the Gatineau forest.


Collect local wild flowers and herbs of The Wild Garden to learn about their healing properties.

Venture into the Gatineau forest with a tree activist to learn about trees.

Talk about life left in a plant body with Kirilian photographer Marie Jean Musiol.


Visit the Forest and Farm to learn about wild bee behaviour and life cycles.

We will set up a moth lure to observe the local moths.

Visit the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes.

Visit a laboritory of bee physiology at the University of Ottawa.


Call owls and listen to nocturnal birds and insects on an owl prowl.


Make an ultrasonic listening device to hear the chirps of bats.

Hike at night with a bat expert to use our new devices. (possibility of seeing fire flies)

A guided visit to the Laboritory of Augmented Biology.

Visit the Sleep Lab at the Royal Ottawa Hospital to learn about human sleep research.


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 mountains and nestled between Gatineau National Park and the Gatineau River, is home to many scientists and artists.


$1300 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 your 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 Biophilia adventures see our face book albums

Aug 2019, Chelsea, Quebec

Aug 2018, Chelsea, Quebec

Aug 2017, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2016
, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2015, Chelsea, Quebec

July 2015, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

May 2015, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec

Aug 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia

July 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia