dream machine
Artist Markus Haala wearing a dream machine at the Sleep Research Lab

Researchers at the Pelling lab show us new human ears growing on apple scaffolds

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





































Online ecology school for artists
August 17 - 28, 2020

Biophilia is the urge to affiliate with other living forces. The term literally means the love of life or living systems. 

Biophilia 2020 is an online course for artists to learn about ecology. The program will offer daily video chats with research biologists from around the world with topics that focus on connections between living organisms.  It will take place over 2 weeks on Zoom.

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 ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.

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

Basic Biology and Taxonomy lecture and Q&A

Photosynthesis, Plant Intelligence & Sensory Experiences lecture and Q&A

Mycorhyzal Relationships: How Plants and Fungi Work Together lecture and Q&A

Bark Boring Beetles: Tree- Insect Relationships lecture and Q&A

Seed Saving, Permaculture and Agricultural Genetics lecture and Q&A

Single Celled Photosynthesising Organisms lecture and Q&A

Microscopy Workshop - look at wild water samples with your digital microscope (included in Residency fee) hooked up to Zoom. Microbial-artist Shelly Smith will help us identify and interpret what we see.       

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

Bird Comunication and Deep Listening Domonstration and Q&A

Periodisism in Cicadas and Trees lecture and Q&A

Non photosynthesizing parasitic plants, their hosts, polinators and seed dispursers lecture and Q&A


$500 USD
Residency places are limited to 7 artists.


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 art or wildlife, need not apply.


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

Aug 2019, Chelsea, Quebec

Aug 2018, Chelsea, Quebec

Aug 2017, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2016
, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2015, Chelsea, Quebec

July 2015, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

May 2015, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec

Aug 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia

July 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia