White Rabbit Arts Residency 2018



The application process for the White Rabbit Arts Residency is now closed for this year. Please check in next spring to apply. We also offer a self directed residency program all year called Honey & Salt. For more info please visit the Red Clay Art Farm website.

White Rabbit Arts Residency: August 16-23, 2018 
White Rabbit Arts Festival: August 25-26, 2018 

White Rabbit is a 7-day interdisciplinary residency set in a rural landscape on the edge of the Bay of Fundy in Economy, Nova Scotia. The residency is process focussed, encouraging artists to create work that is responsive to their environment. During the week-long residency, participants work with their initial idea as a malleable, living thing, and allow it to take shape as they engage with the Red Clay landscape. Residents are free to wander through orchards, stream beds, tall forests, hills, meadows, and shorelines and to make their work in whichever location they are most drawn to. 

Artists from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to apply (textiles, dance, theatre, ceramics, paint, poetry, philosophy, words, audio, projection, documentary, film, performance, music, you-name-it). The most important thing is to be willing to engage with the landscape, and with other artists, to find a conversation between the process/end result, and the chosen site. This year, artists are particularly encouraged to imagine their chosen medium as immersive installation - as something that - perhaps - creates its own space to be moved through, rather than existing as separate from the viewers. 

This year’s residency has a loose theme of “lunacy”. Artists are encouraged to explore what this could mean: the moon in our lives or in mythology; transformative power of moonlight; absence/ return of light; open space held by the night sky; chaos; subverting of everyday ideas or symbols; breaking away from conventional perceptions of reality; reclaiming behaviour and ideas from which we typically shy away; eccentricity; anything in between or outside of this. It’s not necessary to hold strictly to the theme throughout the week, but to perhaps consider it as a jumping off point. 

The week will include field trips to waterfalls and tidal flats, a gathering around a campfire each evening, a collaborative local pirate radio station, use of site facilities (sauna, pond swimming, solar showers, etc), and accommodations (camping or lofts). White Rabbit seeks to achieve culinary excellence: our wine-glass-in-the-woods dining features fresh food from Red Clay Art Farm prepared by experienced and dedicated chefs on-site. The week culminates in the White Rabbit Arts Festival, where the site opens to the public and residents can showcase their work to an audience of over two hundred. 

White Rabbit Welcomes Gillian Dykeman  

White Rabbit is delighted to welcome Gillian Dykeman as a Mentor Artist for 2018!  


Gillian Dykeman is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and critic. Dykeman uses performance, video, sculpture, writing, bookworts, sound, installation, and paintings (sometimes all at once) to craft intersectional feminist environments and narratives for her audiences. Dykeman’s most  recent work, Revolution Revolution, uses group fitness as a platform for participatory performance. Dykeman’s classes focus the energy of participants away from themselves and into the latent radical potential of the active collective. She asks: 

  • What is the energy of revolution? How do we better engineer our energetic outputs to create collective ways of being out of a culture that glorifies individualism ...to radically reimagine what it is we’re doing with our lives? Our life-force? Our love? Utopia is latent within the everyday, so how do we move from sliding over its radical possibilities and instead find a way to activate it? 

Working further with latent radical potential, Dykeman created Dispatches from the Future Feminist Utopia in 2016. This work in its full form includes a two channel video, a series of paintings, and sculpture. The installation work re-cast the Earthworks of the 1970s as abandoned alien technology appropriated by future feminists to bring on the feminist Utopia. Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels became a teleporter, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty a “psychic vibe generator”; Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field a Le Guinian “ansible”. For Dykeman: 

  • The Earthworks are often historicized, but they persist into the present and will do so well into the future. I decided to take them up on this promise, engaging the persistent nature of colonial violence. At the time of their creation, the funders and artists who carried out these works treated the land as a tabula rasa, but the lands where the Earthworks were installed were already full, dynamic, and entangled with histories both pre- and post-dating the moment of artistic intervention. 

Dykeman visited four earthworks throughout the southwest of the the USA, and created videos  demonstrating the “use” discovered by future feminists. Feminists in the future shared the following message, conveyed by a four foot sculpture of the Moon: 

  • “In OUR present, 2112, we are dismantling these devices; these appropriated technologies have served their purpose. We are now completing the decolonization of the landscape in tandem with the decolonization of the self. The tools for all possible futures co-exist with the present…” 

Dykeman’s critical work includes art reviews and interviews both written and in broadcast form. She is the host and producer of Working it Out: The ArtSlant Podcast, Pierogi Night Art Radio, and writes freelance art reviews and essays. Dykeman’s day job is to direct ArtsLink New 
Brunswick, a province-wide multidisciplinary artists association, as well as instructing in the LEAP program at NBCCD. Dykeman loves to teach, mentor, and share ideas. Dykeman has a Masters in Visual Culture from the University of Toronto (2016), and a BFA from NSCAD (2010). She’s participated in residencies across including White Rabbit (2011). Her work has been exhibited and screened in commercial and university galleries, exercise studios, artist run centres and spaces, a rare book library, and a geodesic dome.