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Annual Artists' Retreat

Artists' Retreat

Arts West Council will be sponsoring its 33rd annual Artists' Retreat in 2024. 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.

Download Darren Gusdal Memorial Bursary Fund Brochure (pdf)
Bursary application - 2025 application brochure will be announced once available.

Retreat Sponsors
Arts West Council

Retreat Dates
June 16-21, 2024 - 5 days (9am - 4 pm)

Retreat Classes
  Oil and Acrylic Painting (15 spaces) with Instructor:  Jan Layh
  Drawing (7 spaces) with Instructor:  Ben Davis
  Ben Davis Bio (PDF)
  Gelli-Plate Printmaking/Collage (7 spaces) with Instructor:  Heather Martens Rempel
  Water-media (12 spaces) with Instructor:  David Cooper

  For more info about our 2024 instructors click here

Retreat Fees
$700 includes accommodation, standard meals, instruction and GST.

Retreat Registration Deadline
May 1, 2024

Retreat Contact
Serena Lindbloom (he/they), email: or phone: 204-295-4074

Retreat Registration: two ways to to register - either click on Retreat Registration Brochure, download the pdf of our retreat registration brochure for completing and submitting, OR you can fill in our Online Retreat Registration Form.  A deposit of $100 must be included with your registration, details are included in both the brochure and the online entry form.  Balance due May 1st.

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