Yukon Archives names artist-in-residence

The Yukon Archives has named Tara Kolla as the successful candidate for the Artist-in-Residence Program. The nine-week residency is part of ongoing celebrations commemorating the Yukon Archives’ 50th anniversary.

A longtime member of the Whitehorse arts community, Kolla is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work “1905 - 1907” was acquired for the Yukon Permanent Art Collection in 2016. 

Through the residency, Kolla has access to various materials, facilities and services offered at the Yukon Archives. Kolla also receives an honorarium, a dedicated workspace and access to research assistance from staff. The public will also have the opportunity to learn about Kolla’s artistic process as well as the many services and materials available at Yukon Archives. 

An exhibition of the completed artwork(s) is planned for December 2023 at Yukon Archives.

Congratulations Tara Kolla, recipient of the Yukon Archives 50th Anniversary Artist-in-Residence Program! I look forward to seeing history come alive through art. Thank you to Yukon Archives and to all those who donate for contributing to our shared collective memory.

Minister of Tourism and Culture John Streicker

Born in the Yukon, I feel my art has always spoke of this place we call home. I call myself a “little bit of everything” artist. My work is small scale, huge scale multidisciplinary art that finds inspiration in the world around us using everything from traditional mediums, pieces of the natural world to old newspapers, vintage ephemera and bits of lives past that I have collected over the years. I am proud that I have works in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, and in homes all over the territory and afar. I love being able to reach the public on a grander scale with my installation work, bringing more people into this little world of mine. Looking so forward for this opportunity to work with Yukon Archives and celebrate this place we call home!

Yukon Archives Artist-in-Residence Tara Kolla

Quick facts 
  • Yukon Archives was established in 1972 to acquire, preserve and make available the territory’s documentary resources including textual, photographic, audiovisual and cartographic records regardless of physical form or characteristic.

  • The Artist-in-Residence Program received 11 applications in total from both new and emerging artists from various disciplines and practices.

  • This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Yukon Archives Society, who assist and advise the Yukon Archives in preserving Yukon’s past.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur 
Cabinet Communications 


Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture

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