The City of Saskatoon invites emerging and established artists in all disciplines (including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artist, video, multi-disciplinary, social practice, and performance artists) to apply for a residency in the historic Bunkhouse at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (SFFPZ).

Artists in Place: The Bunkhouse Project is a residency program to revitalize the historic Bunkhouse at the SFFPZ through the development and implementation of an artist studio program.


  • to provide opportunities for artistic expression in a civic facility
  • to provide opportunities for artists to connect and learn from each other
  • to inspire artists through the nature, animals, and people at the SFFPZ and connect the SFFPZ to a larger community

The City of Saskatoon encourages freedom to express, feel, innovate, share, and take creative risks.

The Bunkhouse studios will be available to six artists or artist teams who wish to create work inspired by the SFFPZ. A minimum of two studio spaces will be dedicated to emerging artists.

The Project will take place from April 10, 2023 to September 1, 2023. The Bunkhouse will be available from 9 am to 4 pm each day with extended hours in the summer months. The Bunkhouse will be undergoing construction in the fall of 2023, the residency may be extended or shortened as a result. Two weeks notice will be provided if the project is shortened.

Artists will be provided with:

  • Access to Zoo and Bunkhouse Studio space from 9 am to 4 pm each day
  • Wi-Fi, security, heat, power, water, and overall maintenance of the facility
  • $500 per artist or artist team to assist with their project
  • In-kind marketing and mentorship support as needed
  • Instructions on following COVID-19 protocols when working in the Bunkhouse

Artists will be asked to:

  • Commit to spending time working in the Bunkhouse
  • Create a body of work inspired by their time at the SFFPZ
  • Participate in an open house and/or provide a public exhibition and/or talk about the work they create during their residency
  • Share their residency experiences through social media networks to create awareness of their work and the SFFPZ

The call is open to emerging and established artists who are Saskatoon residents.

Artists may apply as a team for the use of one studio space. Kitchen and washroom facilities will be shared.

All timely submission will be reviewed and selected by an internal City committee based on the criteria stated in this call. The City will respond only to successful submissions by February 24, 2023. Selected artists/artist teams will be contracted to undertake this residency.


The selection committee will consider how proposals:

  • demonstrate a high standard of conceptual and technical excellence
  • advance the goals of the Bunkhouse Project
  • demonstrate the ability to work during the hours available
  • demonstrate the need for a studio space

Priority will be given to applications from the BIPOC community.


  • Contact information for artist or artist team
  • Information on why the artist(s) want to work at the Bunkhouse, what you want to create, and how you will share your work through social media (maximum two pages).
  • Schedule of work (timelines for the project as well as proposed hours at the Bunkhouse)
  • Artist(s) Biography
  • Link to website or samples of work

Email submissions by 4:30 pm, January 23, 2023 to:

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For additional information please contact:

Kathy Allen, Arts and Grants Consultant

Recreation and Community Development

Tel: 306-975-3391

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