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The Artist in Residence program follows the traditional residency model, in which non-local or local professional artists spend time creating work inspired by the environment, culture and people of Wood Buffalo. These Resident artists will engage with the community in a variety of ways, showcase their work through a final event and, most importantly, spend time mentoring a selected group of emerging, established and professional artists from this area. The program will be open to artists in any discipline.

Community Impact

12 Workshops

69 Event Attendees

18 Artists Hired

Summer 2022 Artists in Residence

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is pleased to welcome two artists to the Wood Buffalo region in Summer 2022.

Colin Wolf is a Métis performer, theatre maker, and activist from the North-East of Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary), AB on Treaty 7 Territory. Wolf graduated with a BFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Lethbridge in 2014, and then spent 5 years making theatre all over the prairies with dear friends, trusted colleagues, and complicated colonial institutions. Wolf co-founded Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre Collective with his sister Caleigh Crow in 2013. After cutting his teeth in TYA, on regional stages, and in Indie theatre in the prairies Wolf felt the call of the North and moved to Whitehorse in October 2019 to serve as the Artistic Director at Gwaandak Theatre Society on the Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. Since then he has occupied his time picking berries, snowshoeing, and tending to the artistic landscape to encourage the development of thriving art makers. Colin currently sits on the Indigenous Arts Knowledge Exchange Working Group, The Playwrights Guild of Canada BIPOC Editorial Committee, and is representing Gwaandak Theatre on the Queer and Trans National Playwright Unit Consortium of Theatres led by Zee Zee Theatre.

Cat Sivertsen is a multi-disciplinary / mixed media artist. She is a visual storyteller, an arts-based educator and advocate of arts as wellness. Cat’s career spans 30 years with exhibition, commission and site specific installation projects in public and private spaces. She is grateful to be able to practice on the unceded traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh.

Cat studied art formally in Victoria and, as she puts it, her education took off whilst living England for 15 years where she embraced opportunities presented as museums, art galleries, professional connections and travel. Whilst living in the UK Cat took advantage of the proximity of material exploration by working with skilled artisans in their hot glass, ceramic and forging studios. These factors helped develop Cat’s visual vocabulary and expressions of concern around domesticity, food sustainability, history and the patriarchy. This work culminated as site specific installations in galleries, land spaces and academia throughout southwest England and western Australia.

Since her return to Canada in 2006 Cat’s work has shifted from exterior expressions into interior reflections, meditating on notions and realities of aging parents, empty nesting, self-aging and death. Her studio practice is process based using tools of writing and mark-making with outcomes reflecting current concern and concept. Her most recent work at Two Rivers Gallery The Covidian Garden Party: a coming of age looks at landscape in terms of isolation within place, the environment and the pandemic The works reflects a continuous theme of death or near death experience. This, as is most of Cat’s, work is auto-biographical which resonates at the core of the human condition.

Cat is an arts advocate sharing her philosophy of ‘arts as wellness’ as talks, teaching and, on occasion, performance. Cat is a keen collaborator with her most recent work being done in spite, or in light, of Covidian restrictions. ‘The Covidian Garden Party’ a collaborative artists book - began with a dream that was driven by the prospect of creative isolation that culminated as an artwork featuring 24 artists from Canada, France, England, Scotland, Germany and Singapore. The work was commissioned by Two Rivers Gallery in 2020 and was featured in Cat’s 2021 installation @ Two Rivers Gallery ‘The Covidian Garden Party – a coming of age’.

A representation of Cat’s portfolio can be accessed at

Events & Workshops

Our Summer Resident Artists will be offering workshops in our region to mentor local artists of all experience levels.

Workshops with Cat Sivertsen

ANZAC - July 14, 2022
FORT MCMURRAY - July 23, 2022
In these workshops, Cat will be sharing different material and method processing as well as teaching tricks such as drawing, printmaking, collage, text and water transfer methods. The materials may include working on paper with water-colour crayons, brush and pen with ink, ready-made papers, and natural materials. These materials and methods will then be layered with text and imagery.

Workshops with Colin Wolf

FORT MCMURRAY - July 16, 2022
FORT CHIPEWYAN - July 23, 2022
Join Colin Wolf in a crash course creation workshop! Participants will be led through a series of exercises using writing, movement, sound, and pre-selected source material that will culminate in a first draft of a storytelling based performance.

Applications are now CLOSED for Summer 2022 Residency

In Summer 2022, the Artist in Residence Program and Suncor Indigenous Artist Program are running concurrently (i.e., at the same time), with one artist selected for each program. Please check the Current Residency tab for more information.

Note: Seeing as this will be the first time Arts Council experiments with running this program concurrently, there may be opportunity for the two selected artists to collaborate on their residencies as well.

Please check back to apply for the next iterations of the Artist in Residence & Suncor Indigenous Artist Programs.

Learn About the Residency Experience

Watch this excerpt from Sparking Creativity by M’Guphynn Media to learn more about the Artist in Residence program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Become a Sponsor of the Artist in Residency Program

Are you interested in sponsoring or making a contribution to the Artist in Residence program?
Visit our Support Us page to view the different sponsorship opportunities, or contact us to share your vision on how you can support the Artist in Residence Program. We are open to creative possibilities and would be happy to discuss alternative sponsorship options with you.


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For more information on the Artist in Residence Program, or for questions on securing your sponsorship opportunity, please contact ACWB Executive Director, Liana Wheeldon, at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 ext. 100.


The Suncor Indigenous Artist Program

We would like to thank Suncor for their generous support of the Suncor Indigenous Artist Program.


The Suncor Indigenous Artist Program falls under the Artist in Residence umbrella and supports one Indigenous artist living in Canada. This artist has an artistic career based on using traditional knowledge, skills and materials to tell their contemporary stories.


The Suncor Indigenous Artist Program supports the preservation and expression of Indigenous art and culture in our region and across Canada.

Thanks to Our Resident Artists