research labs
Residents are introduced to the K. Irving Botanical Garden research labs

pond life
Artist Barbra Bushey collects specimens from Brewers Pond


Artist Cynthia Farnell inspects a pineapple flower with a pocket microscope

Expedition leader Alyssa Ellis finding Ghost Plants

Residents collect ferns by moonlight for a ritual performance

Residents forage with herbalist Amber Westfal at the Wild Garden.

Residents view specimen at the National Museum of Nature's Herbarium

Residents learn to prepare materials at the bio dynamic Kin Vineyard

Residents visit the Just Food farm to learn about seed saving



Virtual Plant School for Artists
Two weeks in June, 2021
Deadline to apply: March 15

Germinate Online Plant School is a two week program for artists to learn about the plant kingdom. The virtual residency will involve daily live video lectures with international botanical researchers on a range of plant related topics, one tethered international field trip in your backyard and many short one on one meetings with artists working with plants around the world. Built in to the 2 - 3 hours of daily programming are discussions, suggested assignments and show and tell. The program is designed to give insight into plant knowledge from a wide range of perspectives.

Ayatana residencies focus on experience and research by conceptual artists. Visual artists, writers, poets, musicians and dancers are invited to apply. This residency will host six or seven selected international artists. No previous experience in biology is necessary but a portfolio showing your creative practice is required to apply.

Video talk topics will include:

You are invited to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Plant Intelligence & Botanical Sensory Experiences

Agricultural Seed Saving: Genetics and Politics

Single Celled Photosynthesizing Organisms

Contemporary Artists working with Live Plants

Group remote botanizing field trip. Set up Zoom on your phone, take us with you on your walk. Show us the plants in your area. If you cannot do this try setting up your computer on the deck or balcony, or bringing samples back to the computer, or give us a tour of the plants in your house/studio.

Botanical Poison

Medicinal Plants

Native gardens vs Invasive species & bio control

Plant Magic. Meet a kirilian photographer for an artist talk and plant EEG demonstration.  


$550 USD
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invites will be given to accepted applicants to help find grants and funding.


How to apply: Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.
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

We appreciate every submission and aim to respond as quickly as possible. Please do feel free to give us a nudge if we are keeping you hanging. 

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


For more images of past Ayatana adventures see our face book albums

Germinate June 2019,
Chelsea, Quebec

Germinate July 2018,
Chelsea, Quebec

Germinate Aug 2017
, Chelsea, Quebec