Ayatana residents looking for micro plastic in the Rideau River

Ayatana residents in Philippe Lake

Artist Jamie Ramsay measures disolved oxygen levels in Brewer Pond

Ayatana Residents sailing the Ottawa River with captain Devon Bartley

Artist Ivetta Sun Young Kang taking water samples for testing

Residents watch the Hogs Back lockmaster on the Rideau Canal

Residents discuss the physics of water with a resonating bowl

Residents test water for pesticides at the National Wildlife Research Center

Writer Raimundo Nenen observes the Gatineua River



















































June 6 - 17, 2022

Submerge is a research residency for writers and conceptual artists to study fresh and salt water ecology and human relationships with water. It will take place over 2 weeks online in the summer of 2022. The residency includes daily video chats with a variety of experts like river keepers, biologists and engineers. Residents will gain a rudimentary understanding of natural water systems, urban water treatment and wetland wildlife.

Ayatana residencies focus on research by visual and conceptual artists. Submerge is designed to offer a nourishing context for thinkers to explore concepts for creative projects. Artists, writers, musicians and dancers are invited to apply. This residency will host seven selected international artists. 


All activities will be online. Stay tuned for updated outline

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Limnology and microplastics with the Water and Ice Research Lab at Carleton U.

Talk on Contemporary artists working with wild water

Octopus intelligence

Algae: nutritional superfood, producer of oxygen, source of biofuel and a toxic invasive species

Bioluminescence in Marine Organisms

Access to Clean Drinking Water

Trophic Cascades of Coral Reefs

Message from the Gyre: Chris Jordan talks about photographing plastic swallowed by birds

Bioremediation of Marine Oil Spills

Climate Change, Rising Ocean Levels and Ocean Acidification

Ecology of Kelp Forests

Biology of Intertidal Zones and Salt Marshes

Water shed conservation with the River Keeper

Effects of Pesticides on wildlife with Environment and Climate Change Canada

Phytoplankton and Pond Water Microbes


$575 USD
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invites will be given to accepted applicants to help in the procuration of grants and funding.


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 work

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.

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Photos of previous Ayatana water residencies:

Submerge 2019

Submerge 2018

Submerge 2017

Quench 2016