Announcement: 2020 Artist-in-Residence selected! Click here for the official update. 

About the Program

About the Program

The Junction Artist in Residence Program is a 3 month residency for fashion and textile artists located in Haines Junction, Yukon Territory. The artist is immersed in the community and landscape of the Kluane region, and is provided various opportunities to engage in-depth with their surroundings. The artist works with the program’s theme of ‘Sewing Through the Landscape’, integrating their natural and cultural experiences into final pieces of wearable art. The artist will give mini-presentations, facilitate workshops and showcase their collection of works at a final community event.

JAR emphasizes a fashion and textile focus as a way to connect to the local, traditional and contemporary practices in the Kluane region and Yukon Territory at large. JAR provides a unique opportunity as one of the only residencies specifically intended for Canadian fashion and textile artists. The JAR program provides a challenging yet rewarding experience for the artist, due to the duration, immersive component and community engagement opportunities.

The JAR Program runs every other year. The next round of applications for our 2022 residency will open in Fall 2021. Join our Mailing List for updates!

Program Details

  • Dates: July – October **

**Dates can be accommodated depending on the artist’s availability. Example: June – August with a return for final presentation of works in October. Artist must complete 3-months total. Determined on a case-by-case basis. 

** Additional air travel outside of flight routes, gas, taxi and other transportation costs are the participant’s responsibility.

Expectations of the Artist

Artist applicants are expected to:

  • Work specifically in fashion and/or textiles.
  • Draw upon the program’s theme of ‘Sewing Through the Landscape’ which incorporates the surrounding natural and social environment of the Kluane region into the artist’s process and physical works.
  • Have a strong interest in or demonstrated experience deeply engaging with communities using intercultural competencies (awareness and sensitivity to diverse perspectives). Artists should strive to work within the context of the community, utilizing and embracing local human and material resources.
  • Be willing to prepare presentations for the local community which will introduce the artist’s previous work and intentions for the program, as well as showcase the culmination of their work and process throughout the residency.
  • Organize time in an efficient manner, working alongside program coordinators to create a schedule of activities which builds towards their artistic process (such as: homestays, meetings, community workshops, studio drop-in hours, outdoor recreation, or other experiences or excursions to inspire the artist’s research).
  • Create final works in the form of a fashion collection, wearable art, sculpture or installation, or other fashion/textile works.
  • Present final works to the community via an event (past examples include fashion shows, presentations, gallery receptions).

Please click here for Application Guidelines. 

Past Participants

Jacquelyn van Kampen, 2016

Henry Navarro Delgado, 2018


Contact Information

Heiko Haehnsen, General Manager –

Support the JAR Program

As a partner with the JAR program, you can support us in many ways;

  • Connect with the artist during the residency
  • Donate textiles, clothing, fabric, and other relevant materials for the artist’s endeavors
  • Visit or participate in JAR related events, receptions and presentations during the program
  • Sign up for the JAR Mailing List to be updated with offerings and requests related to the JAR Program
  • Share your knowledge of textiles, fashion & other creative practices with the artist
  • Participate in or volunteer for JAR programming.
  • Consider giving affordable or free housing for the artist in residence. This housing will serve as accommodation and/or a studio space.
  • Promote your business or organization by becoming an official program sponsor
  • Donate funds to support the program

SPONSORS (Present and Past)