Applications to Halls Island Artist Residency are now open. Applications close January 15, 2020 at 11:00 pm.

Read on for details of the application process.

Residencies will be ten to twelve days long. A specific calendar of dates is on the application form.

Who should apply?

We invite applications from artists who are looking for a secluded place in which to reflect and refine their artistic discipline(s). Applicants must demonstrate a focus on their art form and be comfortable with rustic, off-grid living conditions. Successful artists are required to provide their own transportation to and from the landing on Koshlong Lake, their own food for the duration of the residency, and other supplies noted on the Visitor’s Guide. More detailed information will provided to the successful applicants.

Individuals who engage in all forms of artistic expression are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

What do you need to know before applying?

As you will have noted from this website, this is a water access only residency. Getting to Halls Island requires climbing in and out of a boat, as well as up and down stairs from the dock to the living quarters. This setting may not be accessible for those with mobility issues. Please contact us with any questions regarding accessibility.

Please note that limited solar power and absence of WiFi limits the type of arts activities that Halls Island can support. Cell service, however, does work on the island.

The residency is intended to support the artist alone but feel free to query us with any special circumstances or requests. We'll do our best to accommodate, if possible. If you hope to be in residence with another compatible artist, each artist should submit a separate application with a note advising of the intended partner artist.

New for the 2020 season: One residency will be available for an application from a group of three to four artists who work collaboratively. Each artist in the group should complete the Application Form individually, noting that this is a group application in the appropriate location on the online application form.

What is the application process?

Halls Island Artist Residency has a four step application process.

  • One: submit your $10 administration fee. (HERE or below on Paypal) This fee is non-refundable and is used to help with our administrative costs. Please contact Halls Island Artist Residency for a possible waiver if this fee prevents you from applying.

  • Two: Complete the application form online and submit electronically as prompted.

    Find the online Application Form at the bottom of this page. To be submitted electronically.

  • Three: submit one paper/hard copy of support materials* - see below - by regular mail or courier to be received no later that January 15, 2020.

    Mailing address: Haliburton County Community Co-operative
    P.O. Box 655
    Minden, ON
    K0M 2K0

  • Four: submit support materials by email, Please send one email with all documents and a subject line that includes your name and “2020 residency application.”

*Support materials for your application include:

·       A professional curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)

·       A plan for your residency at Halls Island (max. 2 pages)

·       A letter of reference from a mentor or colleague        

·       A plan or proposal for a community engagement project (max. 1 page)

·       A sampling of your work (photos, recording, writing – whatever best suits your practice -- provide URL or DVD if appropriate)

Applications should consider “Why Halls Island?” and “Why now?”

Applications will only be considered if the online application is completed and the support material submitted by the January 15, 2020, deadline.

The selection committee will review all applications, extending invitations to selected artists. Once each residency date is filled, unsuccessful applicants will be informed.

Any questions can be addressed to

Note: If you are experiencing difficulty using this form on a phone or iPad, please try again on a computer. We are attempting to resolve this issue.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
The Halls Island Artist Residency respects your right to privacy. We only have access to/collect personal information that you voluntarily give us online, via email or through other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you regarding your application. We will add your contact information to our mailing list only with your permission. We will only share your application details with our jury members who will each be instructed to keep confidential and private any application material they have access to. If you have any concerns regarding our use of your personal information, please contact us directly at

Please use the Paypal feature above to submit your $10.00 non-refundable Application Fee.