Regretfully, the 2023 Artists' Retreat is cancelled. The Retreat will return in June 2024. Further info will be posted on this website when available.!

Arts West Council will sponsor its 32nd annual Artists Retreat in 2022. The five-day camp is held at the Riding Mountain Conference Centre (Camp Wannukumbac) at scenic Clear Lake, Manitoba, Canada. It provides participants with an opportunity to concentrate on developing their artistic skills and goals beyond the introductory level, under the supervision of experienced professional instructors. Enrolment at the camp is limited to 40 participants.

Darren Gusdal Memorial Bursary

Beginning in 2017, and continuing as long as the fund is sustained, at least one, but hopefully two emerging artists will be awarded a Darren Gusdal Memorial Bursary to attend the Arts West Artists Retreat at Clear Lake.

The Artists Retreat has had a long lasting relationship with the camp and the Gusdal family. A committee of Retreat supporters has created the Darren Gusdal Memorial Bursary Fund to honour the memory of Darren Gusdal (1961-2014) who, together with his wife Janet, managed the Riding Mountain Conference Centre (Camp Wannakumbac) for more than 2 decades.

We graciously welcome contributions to this fund in order to help deserving emerging art students take part and reap the benefits of this eagerly anticipated annual retreat.

See downloads below for more information on the Fund and the Bursary Application Form.

Arts West Council

June 19-24, 2022

Oil and Acrylic Painting (15 spaces): Lisa Wood Drawing (7 spaces): Diana Thorneycroft Pit-Fired Pottery (9 spaces): Charlene Brown Watermedia (10 spaces): David Cooper

$650.00 includes accommodation, standard meals, instruction and GST.

Registration Deadline
May 1, 2022

For further information:


Esther Vermeer
Ph: 204-750-4939 (call or text)
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