Halls Island invites artists to apply for 2024 summer residency

By Lindsay Advocate

Rustic cabins will host visual artists, musicians, and writers of all disciplines during the Halls Island Artist Residency in the summer of 2024.

Visual artists, musicians, and writers of all disciplines are encouraged to apply to Halls Island Artist Residency for summer 2024. The online applications close on February 15, 2024, and is open to local, national and international artists.

The central Ontario residency, located on an off-grid island on Koshlong Lake, has inspired artists from as far away as upstate New York, British Columbia, and Newfoundland, as well as local Haliburton County artists. Since 2019, painters, sculptors, novelists, poets, actors and musicians discovered inspiration as they engaged with nature and pursued their creative endeavours in this beautiful setting.

Summer of 2023 brought 15 residency artists over 9 ten to twelve-day sessions. Management Committee Co-chair, Ruth Walker, noted the benefits the program brings to Haliburton County. “We were thrilled with the creative energy each artist brought to the residency and what they all accomplished here. Even better, they left with the Highlands in their hearts, sharing their success at Halls Island with their own arts community.”

Halls Island is privately owned by a family whose generosity is providing the residency, accommodations and island access for the chosen artists. The residency is a member of the Haliburton County Community Cooperative, a not-for-profit organization that encourages, develops and supports several community groups in the Highlands.

There is no accommodation cost to resident artists other than food and personal supplies. Transportation to and from the island is provided by the Halls Island group. Those applying should be comfortable staying alone or with one other compatible artist in this rustic setting.
Applicants will find all pertinent information on the application process on the Halls Island Artist Residency website at hallsisland.ca.

Those interested in more information are invited to contact Joan Duhaime at (705)-457-0455 or via email at .

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