Small Pond Arts hosts self-directed artist residencies on our beautiful 87-acre farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Artists can focus on their own artistic projects or participate in collaborative artistic pursuits.
Located just 5 minutes from the town of Picton but completely surrounded by nature, visitors to Small Pond will find that it is a place where creativity is valued and nurtured, where artists of all disciplines can unwind and concentrate on their craft, free from the pressures of daily life.
We warmly welcome puppeteers, poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, film-makers, writers, photographers, performers and creative people of all stripes who are interested in an imaginative retreat to create new work.
Our 1860s heritage home has four guest bedrooms, and our farm has plenty of room for camping, plus a vintage trailer that sleeps two. We have two studio spaces, The Art Barn and The Workshop, both of which can be used from May through September; indoor studio space is available the rest of the year.
We eat our meals together, encourage the exchange of ideas, and value living simply and sustainably.
Read our blog post, What is an Artist Residency?
Read a blog post by one of our past residents:
Adventures at Small Pond: A Writing retreat for the Soul
All prices are in Canadian dollars
and include 3 delicious meals per day,
mostly vegetarian, and much of our food is grown in
Please contact us for rates of residencies of more than 1 month.
Trailer sleeps 2. Trailer guests must provide their own sleeping bags, pillows and towels.
Campers must provide all their own gear.
Residents are expected to contribute one hour of chores per day. This could include cooking, cleaning, or gardening, and are flexible based on residents’ preferences.
Wi-fi available. For everyone’s comfort, this is a pet-free and smoke-free home.
HOW TO APPLY: Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell us why you want to undertake a residency
and what you hope to accomplish.
- Tell us a bit about yourself and your
feel free to email photos or links.
- Please indicate whether you prefer indoor
accommodation, trailer, or camping.
- Provide us with the dates you'd like
to stay; if possible, provide alternative dates.
- Give us your complete contact information,
including address and phone numbers.
A 25% non-refundable deposit required upon booking, payable by cheque or
Remainder is due upon check-in by Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, cash, or cheque.
Group rentals are available throughout the year
to arts groups.
Need a place to write some new songs with your band?
Workshop a play?
Retreat with your creative staff or board of directors?
For those who wish to avoid cooking or cleaning, we can provide private
rentals with a variety of catering options.
Please contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate you.