Chicken of the Woods

fly agaric
Fly Agaric

culture lab
Residents visit the Mushrooms Culture Lab at Agriculture Canada

inky caps
Inky Caps

mushroom dye
Residents dye wool with Dyer's Polypore

honey mushrooms
Honey Mushrooms

Residents look at lichen

destroying angel
Destroying Angel

Residents visit the Canadian Fungorum

turkey tail
Turkey Tail

Residents hunting for mushrooms

red banded polipore
Red Banded Polypore

Residents finding reishi in the cemetery

Fungal Rust spores under the Scanning Electron Microscope











Mycology is the study of mushrooms.
Mycophilia is the love of them.

Sept 2020 and Oct 2020
Deadline to apply: August 22

Mycophilia is the love of mushrooms.

Mycophilia 2020 is an online course for artists to learn about mushrooms and fungi. The program will offer daily video chats with amateur and professional research mycologists from distinguished clubs and laboratories around the world.  It will take place over 2 weeks on Zoom. To accomidate applicants in many time zones we are excited to run this program twice this year. Sept 7 - 18 and October 5 - 16.

Ayatana residencies are designed to facilitate research 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 seven international artists based on their portfolio rather than how they fit into any description of an artist.

All activities are subject to change depending on expert availability and other uncontrollable variables.

Artist Talks – You are invited to introduce yourself and your practice to the group in a 10-15 minute presentation

Mycophilia 101: What is mushroom, what is mycology? Lecture and Q & A

Mycodiversity: Intro to wild mushroom identification using keys, books and apps Lecture and Q & A

Symbiosis: Mycorhyzal relationships and plant signaling

Symbiosis: Fungi-Animal relationships Lecture and Q & A

Slime Mold Artist talk/studio-lab demonstration

Live Mushroom Artist Collaboration Artist talk/studio-lab demonstration

Tethered mushroom hunting field trip. Set up zoom on your phone, take us with you on your walk. Show us the mushrooms in your area. If you cannot do this try setting up your computer on the deck, or bringing samples back to the computer. Or show us things you found at the market. Let’s Id mushrooms together with the help of a taxonomist.

Mushroom  Medicine & Poison Lecture and Q & A

Spore printing workshop

Spores & reproductive strategies Lecture and Q & A

Microscopy Workshop - look at your spore prints and samples with your digital microscope (included in Residency fee) hooked up to Zoom with the guidance of a micro-mycologist.

Copriphilus fungi: Dung loving mushrooms are the most beautiful Lecture and Q & A

$500 USD

What is included:
All activities.
Some technical gear.

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 to talk about mushrooms or art, need not apply.


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For more images of past Mycophilia adventures see our Facebook albums:

Mycophilia 2019, Chelsea, Quebec

Chaos Fungorum 2018, Toronto, Ontario

Biophilia Aug 2017, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophilia Sept 2016
, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophilia Sept 2015, Chelsea, Quebec

Biophilia Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec