Each resident artist is planning and preparing a session which will be open to the public by donation. Each session will be different based on the interests and expertise of the presenting artist. These events will take place a various times, dates and locations throughout the Haliburton area. Scroll down to see upcoming events.

Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 2

Community Poem Creation - ongoing through the summer

Keep an eye out in our Haliburton County libraries, art galleries, and public spaces in early July for a chance to make your contribution to a Community Poem!  This project is being led by one of the Halls Island Artist Residency artists, Brooke Manning.  She will be distributing booklets with writing prompts to each location, encouraging the community to connect with each other using the anonymity and grace of the written word. Feel free to add thoughts, feelings or connections to the prompts, or add your own words based on what might be moving you that day. Feel free to also write more than once, visit the books daily or weekly, and read other entries too. Brooke will be collecting the booklets late July and will use the words penned to create and publish a Community Poem in a chapbook.  Halls Island Artist Residency will make these available for sale and for viewing. All profits will be donated to community arts and literary projects.  

Please contact hallsislandartistresidency@gmail.com with any questions


Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 3

Poetry Reading & Artist Talk with Anna Swanson and April White

Sunday July 14 2:00 pm -4:00 pm Haliburton Museum

66 Museum Rd. Haliburton ON

Anna Swanson and April White will offer a poetry reading and artist talk based on their collaborative project "The Garbage Poems." April and Anna will each present their own work from this project and discuss how they came together to work on it. Anna will read a series of “Garbage Poems” from the project and talk about found poetry and April will talk about how illustrating this project fits into the context of her practice. April will show images of the artworks in progress including the interactive website that the artists developed together. (https://www.garbagepoems.com/index.php ) Admission by donation.

Please email Joan at hallsislandartistresidency@gmail.com if you plan to attend.


Halls Island Artist Residency Community Session 4

Pony Tales: The History and Mystery of the Ojibwa Horse

With Heather M. O’Connor and Lesley English

Monday July 29, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  

Abbey Gardens, 1012 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton ON

 The Ojibwe Horse, also known as the Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony, is one of the rarest breeds in the world. It’s also one of the biggest mysteries.

Herds of these Indigenous-bred horses once roamed like deer through the forests of the Canadian Shield. But where did they come from? How did they survive our harsh Canadian winters? And what made the herds disappear?

Who carried out “The Heist Across the Ice,” a daring mid-winter rescue that saved the lives of the last four surviving horses? And who is helping the breed edge back from the brink of extinction today?

Author Heather M. O’Connor travelled to northwestern Ontario to answer these questions. She met Ojibwe Horses and their breeders, searched for clues in the historical archives at Quetico Provincial Park, and spoke to people who remember “The Heist Across the Ice.” Come to The Gathering Place July 29 for the “tail” of her discoveries.

Then walk over to the paddock, where Lesley English will introduce you to Maple and Sammy, Abbey Gardens’ own Ojibwe Horses. She’ll point out their unique adaptations and explain their importance to Abbey Gardens’ equine assisted learning program.

Admission by donation. Please email hallsislandartistresidency@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

 (part of the Haliburton County Community Co-operative and partially funded by Haliburton County Development Corporation)