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We are seeking artists interested in exploring the transformation powers of death . Creatives that work and live seeking, that are comfortable in the liminal spaces and  push boundaries when it comes to death and art. 

This  intimate residency is highly focused on challenging the western approaches that  acknowledge  death as finite.  This residency is highly focused on reciprocity, ritual, spiritual practices and the  acknowledgement that  grief can arise when working death . This residency will touch on the strategies for self care and care for communities  when our art practices become community oriented.


This residency is highly suited for artists  considering death in all broad forms and are highly  comfortable with exploring death in natural spaces including working with bones and decay.


Online  portion of the program

September 1-25th  2024

In person portion of the program October 17th-24 

@ Christina Lake, British Columbia , Canada.

Artists are expected to attend both  educational and studio components

This residency is highly suited for artists  considering death in all broad forms and are highly  comfortable with exploring death in natural spaces including working with bones and decay.


Visits to ghost towns cemeteries, exploration of taxidermy, working with bones, rituals, spirit calling, grief honouring and contemporary art practices  related to death are part of this residency.




Contemporary art practice and death.

Creating communities of care educational program ( caring for death communities)

Grief processing and art

Confronting death exercises

Resisting death and colonialism

Ceremony and death

Portfolio reviews, mentorship by renown curators and mentors.

Exhibition opportunity at local galleries

Artist Talks

Death in world philosophies and spirituality

Death doula cafe

World views and indigenoues teachings on death

Artists workshops


Creating meaningful art that inspires and transforms others requires us to be in stillness and pay requires us to open to new ways of seeing and making.


This call for submissions is for artists  that:


Are seekers of  deep  connection to death

Explore their  art practice from non western perspectives

Are open to non traditionals ways of  creating and discussing art

Artists with anti colonial, anti exploitative practices. 

Self aware artists seeking a community of like minded artists

Artists that are seeking healing and transformation of their art practices through natural spaces

Interested in the social justice aspects of death


 If this sounds likethe art residency you have been waiting for  email to connect and clarify  your questions. Please send 2 sentences that detail your interest and your art practice as it relates to the residency.


Letters of support for grant applications will be provided upon request.



This residency includes the opportunity to exhibit at ARts  on 3   art space on a pop up  1 week exhibition . We will host a powerful community sharing event where artists will be able to have artist talks with the local community and engage in deep conversations.



Only 6-8 artists will be selected for this residency.


Cost of residency:


We kindly ask in reciprocity $1600  USD for the  cost recovery  of the labour of all the guest, staff and faclitators. This includes a wonderful shared accommodation ,shared studio resources, field trips, meals, events, lectures, workshops and bibliography access.

Canadian artists can apply for SR scholarship that covers up to 15% of tuition cost.

We believe in finding creative ways to remove barriers for artists from underserved communities who have traditionally faced financial difficulties attending art residencies. Ask us how.

The place:

Santa Rosa Arts is located in 35 acres of forested land with a creek that runs through the property, home to various microclimates, a spring and a vast diversity of wildlife and botanicals. Expansive sunsets dark skies are perfect for star or moon gazing while hearing wildlife at a distance. A wading pool in the property invites residents to float while stargazing.
Conceptual visual artists, musicians, and writers ready to explore death in physical and spiritual forms non conforming to western art practices are invited to apply.


What is included:

All expert talks, lectures, workshops

All field trips including transportation and field lunches


All supplies for field trips

Access to shared studio space during studio hours ( bring compact  art supplies)

Shared room accommodations. We encourage creative collaborators to apply

Basic meal plan  in a family style communal setting

34 acres of forest to make it your air studio

How to apply?


If you are ready to apply fill the following form


 Application deadline:  June15h, 2024

Note that our location is a natural resource area with plenty of wildlife and risks and blessings inherent to the natural world. High hills and uneven terrain are part of the experience. Because of the natural terrain accessibility could be an issue for some folks. Ask us more.


I'm always looking for meaningful connection. Ask me any questions.

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