Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency

This residency provides professional artists with time to focus on their work in the beautiful natural setting of Riding Mountain National Park.

The residency is housed in the historic Deep Bay log cabin, built in 1934, on the shoreline of Clear Lake. The one-bedroom, fully-furnished cabin is situated about two kilometres from the town of Wasagaming.

Artists are given the opportunity to get away from their hectic lives to concentrate on their artistic practice. The residency also provides opportunities to interact and share work with residents and visitors in the Riding Mountain area.

Available residency dates

June through September, two-week residencies

Note: The cottage provides a quiet retreat in spring and fall. Applicants selecting residencies in July and August should be aware that the beach and dock are used by boats and water-skiers, especially during the weekends.

Resources for artists considering a self-determined residency:


ResArtis – an association of over 650 centers, organizations, and individuals in over 70 countries.


Transartists – the biggest source of information on artist-in-residence opportunities worldwide, with around 1400 residency opportunities, including first-hand artists’ experiences, research, contacts, and advice.


Residency programs previously supported through Manitoba Arts Council Programs:


International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) – The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. Housed in a former factory in Brooklyn, with 35 light-filled work studios and two galleries, ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency program, founded in 1994. ISCP organizes exhibitions, events and offsite projects, which are free and open to all, sustaining a vibrant community of contemporary art practitioners and diverse audiences. Over 1,350 artists and curators from more than 80 countries, including the United States have undertaken residencies at ISCP.


NES Artist Residency – NES Artist Residency was founded in March 2008 in Skagaströnd, a small town in North West Iceland. The first artists in residence arrived in June of that year. As one of the largest residencies in Iceland, NES currently hosts between 90-120 artists per year. NES provides artists with a workspace and living quarters within Skagaströnd, and the freedom to create as they wish.


Usine Utopik: Artist Residency – USINE UTOPIK is a Centre of Contemporary Creation whose mission is to support and promote the visual arts and contemporary writing. USINE UTOPIK offers a large workspace in a privileged environment for artists to realize a specific project or to pursue personal research. Support for the creation and dissemination promotes the emergence of new artistic practices. As places of exchanges and meetings, the residences facilitate local development through a comprehensive program of actions.