Expedition leader Alyssa Ellis photographs finches at the national archives

Residents hike Gatineau Park

Residents learn which wild plants are edible

bird banding
Artists working with the Innis Point Bird Banding Association

Residents examine moths in the field with
entomological photographer Jim des Rivières





































Ecology school for artists
8 weekly classes in July and August, 2024
Deadline to apply: April 30, 2024

Symbiosis is an online course for artists to learn about wild ecology that features the best lectures form our favorite researchers from our specialized courses. It will take place over 2 weeks on-line in the summer of 2024. The program will offer daily video chats with research scientists, naturalists and artists around the world on topics that focus on connections between living organisms and many short one-on-one meetings with artists who make art related to wildlife. Built in to the 2 - 2.5 hours of weekly programming are discussions, recommended assignments and show and tell.

Biophilium 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 ecouraged 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 ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. The program will be tailored to the participants' interests.

Artist talks:

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

- Biology in Contemporary Art and Biology and Naturalist resources for artists

Science talks:

- Squid and Bioluminescent Bacteria

- Mycorhyzal Relationships: How Plants and Fungi Work Together

- Cow Birds and Brood Parasitism

- Kelp Forests, Otters and Urchins

- The Human Microbiome

- Migratory Ecologies

- Periodicity in Cicadas and Trees

- Non photosynthesizing parasitic plants, their hosts, pollinators and seed disbursers

- Sloth Fur Ecology

- Trophic Cascades: Wolves in Yellowstone Park and Coral Reefs


$600 USD
Residency places are limited to 7 artists.


How to apply 
Send the following material to
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.