Residents listen to Owls with naturalist Bernie Ladouceur

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

Residents listen to bats in the forest. Photo by Tracy Maurice

bat cave
Ayatana residents spend the night in a bat cave.

Residents build ultrasonic bat etectors with computer scientist Michael Grant.

Wild bioluminescent mushrooms found and photographed by Michael Barraco

Long exposure of fireflies





Wildlife for Night Owls
This is a specialized Biophilia program for artists to explore Canadian wildlife at night. The weeklong residency will involve staying up progressively later each night and hiking with out a flashlight.

June 2018
We are accepting late aplications to this program

Nocturn is a residency for Canadian and international artists interested in ecology, nature and life sciences to interact with the living world. It will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the spring of 2018. The residency will involve daily and nightly excursions into natural habitats for collection of materials, exploration of and production within a wide range of Canadian wilderness. Expeditions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs will be enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts.

Ayatana residencies focus on experience and research by visual and conceptual artists. Artists, writers, poets, musicians and dancers are invited to apply. This residency will host five or six selected international artists. Preference will be given, but is absolutely not limited to those working with performance, intervention, site specific installation, interactive or nomadic work, new media, interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Although Ayatana residents are not expected to produce work during the program, Nocturne residents will have some free time during the days to work on projects or to explore on their own.

We are looking for adventurous artists interested in experimentation who have a willingness to participate in spontaneous sharing of early-stage ideas with a small group. The workshops will support the experimentation of new artistic projects in a friendly and analytical context.

At least half of all Biophilia field trips are spent outdoors and some involve gentle hiking.



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.

We will set up a moth lure to observe the local moths with artist Jim des Rivieres who will give a workshop on high resolution scanning of insects.

We will visit a bog to catch fireflies with a local entomologist who will describe the 8 local species and their distinct flash patterns.

Mammals and amphibans:
Listen to sounds of the Gatineau Park on a night hike with out a flashlight. Learn about the local wolf, coyote, beaver and frog activity.

Human sleep:
Visit the Sleep Research Lab at the Royal Ottawa hospital

Build an Arduino ultrasonic bat detectors with Krazachu Designs at Maker Space North.

Venture into Gatineau park at night to listen to bats with a zoologist who will explane the chirps and tweets we hear with our bat detectors.

This owl prowl will lead you to the best spots for listening to barred, screech and great horned owls in Ottawa and tune you in to other nocturnal birds.

During a demonstration of sterile tek for DIY biology experiments, we will inoculate grain with bioluminescent fungus for residents to take home and grow their own glow-in-the-dark mushrooms.  Since the insects that spread these mushrooms' spores are nocturnal, this is a way to call attention to themselves after dark.

Explore the Laflesh Cave system.

A look through the telescopes of the Royal Astronomical Society during a private star party. A talk by Eric Lemay about astrophotography and a discussion on the possibilities of extra terrestrial life.


Residents will be picked up in Ottawa, Canada and driven to the Ayatana Residency House, near the small town of Chelsea, Quebec. This culturally vibrant town, surrounded by mountains and nestled between Gatineau National Park and the Gatineau River, is home to many scientists and artists.

$1200 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.

What is included:
All activities.
Transportation to all activities.
Supplies, equipment and technical gear.
A comfortable bed in the Ayatana residency house.
Most meals will be provided, cooked by our resident chef. *Residents will be responsible for paying for their own meals from restaurants, which will happen 2 or 3 times during the week.


How to apply 
Send the following material to
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.

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


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June 2017, Chelsea, Quebec

July 2016, Chelsea, Quebec