Artists have opportunity to create at island retreat
Published Feb 1, 2019
A private island on Koshlong Lake will house selected artists this summer as part of a new artists' residency.
Writers, musicians, visual artists and artists of other disciplines are invited to apply to take part in the experience: an off-grid, water-access location that organizers say is “ideal for quiet reflection and immersion in the natural world.”
The application process will soon be open.
The Halls Island Artist Residency Management Committee notes the cabin accommodations don't support “large scale electronic needs,” such as recording music. There is solar power, which is enough to charge a laptop for writing projects. The website recommends that musicians would benefit from using the time there to compose music, rather than record it.
Artists from the Haliburton Highlands and beyond are welcome to apply.
The island is privately owned by a family who has decided to provide the residency, accommodations and island access.
Six to eight weeks of residency will be available in two-week blocks. Artists interested in applying will find information and application forms on the website at www.hallsisland.ca.
Don Gage, committee co-chair, said the program brings benefits to the local community.
"Each artist will be encouraged to connect and engage with our artistic community and residents. The Halls Island Artist Residency program will be a great addition to our arts community in the Highlands," he said in a press release.
There is no accommodation cost to resident artists other than food and personal supplies.
Transportation to and from the island will be provided by the Halls Island group while transportation to the docking area will be the responsibility of the chosen artists. Those applying should be comfortable staying alone or with one other compatible artist in this rustic setting.