Deep Bay Artists’ Residency

The Deep Bay Artists’ Residency at Riding Mountain National Park of Canada is a multi-disciplinary program that provides professional artists and administrators with time and a facility in which to focus on their work. Artists also have the opportunity to interact and share their work with other artists, residents, and visitors in the Riding Mountain area.


The Deep Bay Cabin at Riding Mountain National Park was renovated by Parks Canada in 2006 to become the home of the Manitoba Arts Council’s Deep Bay Artists’ Residency program. Since 2006, over 80 artists have experimented and created new art in the beautiful natural setting of the park. The artists-in-residence have included musicians, poets, song writers, choreographers, filmmakers, arts administrators, writers, photographers, playwrights, visual artists, documentary makers, dancers, theater artists, and composers.

Application deadline: October 15

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Questions? Contact a program consultant | 204 945-2237 |

2016 Deep Bay Artists in Residence

10 artists in residence at the Deep Bay Cabin and live presentations. Click on the photos below to learn more about the artists, their residency project, and live presentations.

The full 2016 Deep Bay Event Calendar can be found here.

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2016 Deep Bay Artists’ in Residence Calendar

JUNE 2016

Bookbinding workshop and conversation with Suzie Smith
Come to the Deep Bay cabin and join Suzie for a hands-on demonstration of various kinds of simple book-binding. Materials provided. Conversation encouraged. Suitable for ages 10 and up.

2 p.m., Saturday, June 4th at the Deep Bay Cabin

A reading and talk with Grant Guy
Mosey on down to the Clear Lake Bowling Greens and join Grant as he reads from his latest Old West writing based on the life of Calamity Jane.

2 p.m., Saturday, June 25th at the Clear Lake Bowling Greens.


JULY 2016

Reading and conversation with Di Brandt
Connect with some interesting Riding Mountain National Park history. Join Di at the Clear Lake Bowling Greens as she reads from her latest work based on her father’s experience in the Riding Mountain National Park camp for Alternative Service Workers.

7:30 p.m., Thursday, July7th at the Clear Lake Bowling Greens.

Poetry reading and talk with Angeline Schellenberg
Feeling blue? Green with envy? In the pink? Whatever your mood, join Angeline at the Clear Lake Bowling Greens where she will read from her new collection of poetry about colour.

7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21st at the Clear Lake Bowling Greens


Conversation with Michelle Wilson
Michelle invites you to join her and a Parks Canada conservation officer at the cabin for a conservation conversation and to listen to her wildlife audio recordings.

Saturday, August 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Deep Bay Cabin.

An Immersive Theatre Performance and Artist Talk with Charlene Van Buekenhout
Curious audiences wanted for a theatrical experiment. Charlene is inviting you to come to the Wasagaming Community Arts Centre to experience and explore a play on your own terms.

Thursday, August 18th at 7:30 p.m. at Wasagaming Community Arts.

Reading and Conversation with Donna Besel
On Thursday, August 25th join Donna at the bowling green for a reading of her latest work, Stories from Lost Lake.

7:30 p.m., Thursday August 25th at the Clear Lake Bowling Greens.



Creative Writing Workshop with Donna Besel
On Sunday, August 28th come to the Deep Bay Cabin for a creative writing workshop for all ages. Bring your ideas and something to write on. Open to ages 10 and up.

1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, August 28th at the Deep Bay Cabin.

A Participatory Postcard Installation with Lindsey Bond
Add your own memories of the railway to the postcard installation at the Friends of Riding Mountain National park for the duration of Lindsey’s residency. And, join the artist on Saturdays (Sept. 10th and 17th) for a story circle to share your memories with others.

Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park.
Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park.

A Slide Show with Live Music with Jesse Krause
Jesse will share his compositional maps and musical motifs based on the fungi found in the park. Come prepared to jam!

Saturday, September 24th at 2:00 p.m. at the Friends of Riding Mountain National Park.



Artist talk and slide show
Calling all phone booth and pop culture enthusiasts! Join Jeanne in sharing your memories of the rapidly disappearing phone booth.

Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. at the Friend of Riding Mountain National Park.


Previous Deep Bay Artists in Residence


Janelle Dawn Hacault
Kelsey Braun
Ariel Gordon
Alison Davis
Angeline Schellenberg
Patrick Dunford
Curtis Wiebe
Daniel Koulack
Diana Thornycroft
Maggie Ross
Tracy Peters


Evin Collis
Dominique Rey
Arlene Minkhorst and Johanne Gingras
Karen Cornelius
Natasha Torres-Garner
Mike Maryniuk
Melanie Rocan and Shaun Morin
Treasure Waddell
Megan D. Krause
Michael Boss
Alexandra Elliott


Kevin Nikkel
Michelle Elrick
Willow Rector
J.J. Kegan McFadden
Karel Funk
Diana Thorneycroft
Chantel Emond
Jennifer Still
Kenneth Nichols
Shannon Leitch


Natasha Torres-Garner
Sylvia Matas
Kerri-Lynn Reeves
Kevin Klassen
Chantal Dupas
Peter Graham
Lisa Wood
John Toone
Brenna George
Jennifer Still


Michael Benjamin Brown
Kevin Lee Burton

Jamie Wright
Heather Komus
Joshua Pearlman
Sarah Crawley
Carolyn Gray
Doug Melnyk


Danishka Esterhazy
Di Brandt
Sarah Crawley
Zaz Bajon
Elaine Stocki
Daria Salamon
J.J. Kegan McFadden
Grant Guy
Hannah Godfrey (hannah_g)
Naomi Guilbert
Hiroshi Koshiyama


Tricia Cooper
Joan Thomas
Sharon Alward
Gwen Armstrong
Sarah Klassen
James Durham
Diana Thorneycroft
Michael Dudeck
Bill Lobchuk


Di Brandt
James Durham
Victor Enns
Paul Butler
Reva Stone
Bryan Besant


Wanda Koop
Kevin deforest
Simon Hughes
Sarah Klassen
Edith Regier
Diana Thorneycroft
Laurie Block


Simon Hughes
Reva Stone
Bob Haverluck
Alla Turbanova
Sam Baardman