- Bridge & Falls Studios and Residencies -

In all four seasons, northwestern Ontario is one of the most beautiful and geographically interesting places on earth. The perfect place for any creative person to get inspired, the rural and remote Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is hosting a programme of week-long SELF-GUIDED residencies in the summer of 2018 for artists and idea professionals of different disciplines. We invite you to explore how "Arts and Culture" interfaces with the streetscape in Sioux Narrows this summer. So, if you are in the area in July & August - you just might find a wondering artist, around town!

Bridge & Falls Creative Residency: A Culture, A Tribe, A Community

Summer Series, 2018

For the summer of 2018, three tiny studios will be in use. They are for day-use only. On The Water, On the Rock and the Moving Gallery are all equipped with a workspace and modest furnishings. The tiny studios are not fitted with plumbing or electrical.

For that reason, the locations of the three studios are within walking distance of Township owned & operated facilities that do have offer restroom facilities. The Moving Gallery and the On the Rock studios are near the Travel Centre in Nestor Falls, Ontario. The On the Water, tiny floating studio is within walking distance of a clubhouse, on White Moose Golf Course, that has modest kitchen amenities and restroom facilities – about 10km north of Sioux Narrows.

All artists can use the libraries in both communities and are welcome to recharge and connect on wi-fi at the Northern Ontario Sportfishing Centre in Sioux Narrows (open 7 days a week from May long weekend to September long weekend).

On the Water is a tiny studio on a floating platform and can be accessed by a stationary dock. The floating studio is intended to connect the user to water, one of the four elements of nature and is constructed to allow the user to freely relate to the outdoors. It is ideally situated in Long Bay on Lake of the Woods, by White Moose Golf Course, north of Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Canada

The artist residency site is perched on top of an undulating bedrock surface at the head of a prominent walking trail for the community of Nestor Falls. How the building touches the site is very important, the intention, to follow the changing elevation of the rock, making delicate connections that seem to float above the surface. Natural light floods the interior of the space, and the warmth of the cedar projects through the polycarbonate wall system.

The tiny studio is a gallery/ exhibit space with windows, walls and “yes” wheels. The Moving Gallery allows the artist to create in the space and at times exhibit the works in a small gallery-esque setting.  The tiny studio has a pivot door that when open – provides ample space for a day-use workspace. When the pivot door is closed and the ramp gate is up, the studio is essentially “closed for the night”.  The Moving Gallery will be near the Travel Centre at Nestor Falls and in close proximity to the On The Rock studio, providing opportunities for two working artists to converse, share ideas, and connect.

Download the 2018 Application

Artist-in-Residency: AIR #1
Wednesday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Studio: On the Rock and/ or Moving Gallery
Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR #2
Monday, July 16 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
Studio: On The Water | Location: Long Bay, White Moose Golf Course

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#3
Monday, July 30 to Sunday, August 5
Studio: On The Water | Location: Long Bay, White Moose Golf Course

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#4
Monday, August 6 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
Studio: On The Rock | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#5
Monday, August 6 to Sunday, August 12
Studio: Moving Gallery | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#6
Monday, August 13 to Sunday, August 19
Studio: On the Rock | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls

Artist-in-Residency: AIR#7
Monday, August 13 to Thursday, August 16
Studio: Moving Gallery | Location: Travel Centre, Nestor Falls


Conceptual Design: Prairie Architects – Melissa McAlister & Lindsay Oster
Constructed By: Carpentry Students from the dual-credit program, Confederation College | St. Thomas Aquinas High School | Beaver Brae High School | Guided By: Dan Olscamp & Chris Hopkins | Additional Credits, Mike Salvador & Fred Borg


Conceptual Design: Faculty of Architecture Students | University of Manitoba
In Partnership With: Boreal Studio | Shawn Bailey & Shawn Sinclair
Build/ Design: Boreal Studio

BOTH STUDIOS will be made available to local & regional crafters, artists and creative minds who wish to develop their personal/ collective bodies of work. Perhaps you are a quilter and wish to work with a group of like-minded individuals for a few days on a special project or maybe you are a photographer and you need some time away from the hustle n bustle of everyday life. Mayor & Council have endorsed the studio availability and our Cultural Officer will work with you on a case-by-case basis. Studio availability and bookings are based on a first-come/ first-serve basis. This program is subject to change. For more information, please contact Denise Lysak at [email protected]

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