The Natural & the Manufactured
Since 2005, this unique project in the far Canadian north has worked to stimulate and engage people in a re-examination of the various cultural and economic values imposed on the environment, while exploring alternative political, social, economic and aesthetic agendas and strategies towards a re-interpretation of the regional landscape and social infrastructure.
As a site of creation, as well as presentation, the N&M seeks to promote new research and creation projects with participating artists making works specifically for the project while in residence at KIAC’s Macaulay House studios. As such, this annual project explores issues related to site-specificity, as well as land-based and environmental art practices: the meaning of geography and the geography of meaning, the ephemeral and the concrete, the transitory nature of “nature” and our philosophical need to resist and respond to it.
The Natural & The Manufactured is conceived as an ongoing, annual project to involve visual, media and interdisciplinary artists, curators, art historians, writers and cultural thinkers through residencies, exhibitions, lectures, essays and workshops.
The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) is an active centre of cultural and social energy, hosting an ambitious schedule of courses, presentations, festivals, and exhibitions that follow programming priorities determined by a volunteer Board of Directors in consultation with KIAC staff.
Artist in Residence Program
Founded in 2001, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcome over 170 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. The program operates year-round and accommodates two artists concurrently for residencies of four to twelve weeks duration. Artists in Residence also facilitate outreach programs such as artist’s talks, open studios and workshops intended to promote interaction and professional development, and advance the understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts practices within the community.
Our Artist in Residence Program aims to present an inspirational environment and culturally relevant context for art creation and research for professional artists of all levels of experience.
The ODD Gallery is a contemporary visual arts centre housed in the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture. The Gallery’s year-round programming features solo and group exhibitions by regional, national and international visual artists, and supports a wide array of outreach initiatives including artist’s and curator’s talks, open studios, workshops and youth programs. Gallery programming aims to develop creative opportunites for professional artists and cultural workers at all stages in their careers, and provides our remote community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary visual arts practices and theories.