Artist-in-residence exhibition opens at Yukon Archives

As part of the ongoing celebration of its 50th year, Yukon Archives is proud to present the opening of an exhibition entitled This Must Be the Place! by its artist-in-residence, Tara Kolla.

Described by the artist as a celebration of community and home, This Must Be the Place! was created during Kolla’s nine-week residency, when she had access to the Yukon Archives’ holdings as well as research assistance from its staff. Works in the exhibition include inspiration and excerpts from sternwheeler menus, Taylor and Drury catalogues and the Yukon Archives’ vast photo collection. Also, on display with Kolla’s work are some of the records that inspired it, as well as other relevant original artworks from Yukon Archives’ collection.

Located in the reference room at Yukon Archives, the event begins at 6:30 pm. The artist will be in attendance to meet attendees and light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will be on display until March 9, 2024.

Congratulations to Tara Kolla for her selection as the Yukon Archives artist-in-residence and the remarkable work she has created during her tenure. I encourage Yukoners to view this dynamic exhibition, to witness the history of the territory come to life, and to take in the fascinating archival resources that inspired it. 

Minister of Tourism and Culture John Streicker 


This Must Be the Place! is the culmination of my time spent at Yukon Archives. These pieces are my way of connecting myself to the past, of putting my little twist on some of our local history that I hold so dear. Everything used in my art was found in the Yukon, from the knickknacks to the fabrics, to the pages from my mom’s old recipe book, it felt like the right time to use these momentos. I am so thankful for my time with Yukon Archives. It gave me a chance to discover more about this amazing place we live in and that really home is wherever the heart is.

Yukon Archives artist-in-residence Tara Kolla,

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

  • Through the residency opportunity, Kolla had access to various materials, facilities and services offered at the Yukon Archives. Kolla also received an honorarium, a dedicated workspace and access to research assistance from staff.

  • 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.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications 

Cameron Webber 
Communications, Tourism and Culture 

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