Landfall Trust Residency Programs for Artists, Writers and Musicians

LandfallsLandfall's Kent Cottage has hosted a variety of remarkable artists and writers since the turn of the 20th century, starting with Rockwell Kent (1914-1915). Amateur landscape artists A.E. Harris lived and painted from Kent Cottage between 1929 and 1933, as did Bradley Folensbee between 1953 and 2004.

Artist-in-Residence: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division and Canada Council for the Arts, supports a series of summer Artist-in-Residence programs. Since 2005, The Rooms and Landfall Trust have partnered to annually co-sponsor a summer Kent Cottage resident artist.

Writers-in-Residence: In 2008, the Trust started an annual writers residence and this was replaced in 2017 when the Trust partnered with Memorial University’s Department of English Creative Writing Program and the annual SPARKS Literary Festival to sponsor the writers residency.

Musician-in-Residence: In 2018, Landfall Trust in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Art Society will be hosting its first Musician-in-Residence.

Since 2005 Landfall's Kent Cottage artist and writer residencies have included...

Bridget CanningBridget Canning, Spring 2017 - Memorial University’s Department of English Creative Writing Partnership: Winner of the Cox and Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award Bridget’s work has also won the BC Federation of Writers Literary Writes competition, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards and has been shortlisted for the Cuffer Prize. She was selected as one of the 2015 apprentices with the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mentorship Program. Her first novel, The Greatest Works of Wanda Jaynes, received an Honourable Mention with the Atlantic Writing Competition and is being published with Breakwater Books in April, 2017. She lives in St. John’s where she writes and works as a College Instructor.

Amelie JeromeAmélie Jérôme, Summer 2017- The Rooms Partnership. Originally from Quebec, Amélie obtained her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and her MFA in 2014 at York University in Toronto. She has worked as an Exhibitions Coordinator at CIRCA art actuel, an artist-run centre in Montreal, and participated in 8 Group Exhibitions, presented 4 solo exhibitions, including the most recent at the Laroche/Joncas gallery, and has been awarded 5 residencies. Améli lived in Newfoundland as a child and currently resides in Montreal.

George MurrayGeorge Murray, Fall 2017 - Memorial University’s Department of English Creative Writing Partnership: George authored seven books of poetry. He has been widely anthologized and has published poems and fiction in journals and magazines in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe. He has won or been shortlisted for several awards, and he has been on the part time faculty at University of Toronto, New School University, and Humber College. George is a former poetry editor for the Literary Review of Canada and has been a contributing editor for several journals and a literary website. He has lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland, since 2006 and was made the poet laureate there in 2014.

Elisabeth deMariaffiElisabeth de Mariaffi Fall 2017 - Memorial University’s Department of English Creative Writing Partnership: Elizabeth is the critically acclaimed author of two previous books: the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women, and the literary thriller The Devil You Know. Both were a Globe and Mail Best Book and lucky number 13 on the NP100, the year end list at the National PostThe Devil You Know was optioned and is currently in development for television. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Elisabeth's poetry and short fiction have been widely published and praised, and have been shortlisted for the National Magazine Award. Born and raised in Toronto, de Mariaffi now makes her home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Martin PooleMartin Pool and Mary McDonald, 2016 Trust Sponsored Writers-in-Residence. Martin Poole is a writer hailing from Ramea, Newfoundland. He has published short stories, poetry, and art criticism. He is currently working on a philosophical work entailing the influence of ideology on art interpretation in Newfoundland. He is a philosophy graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland and the founding editor and contributing writer for a new journal of art criticism, based out of Montreal and St. John's, titled CUSS Journal of Arts and Environment. And,

Mary MacDonaldMary MacDonald is an artist, critic, and independent curator residing in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University with a BFA in 2006 and completed her MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. She served as the Director of Eastern Edge Gallery. Her research interests include artists working within rural communities and contexts, interdisciplinary approaches to curating, and alternative locations for contemporary art.  She has written for The Overcast, Visual Arts NewsCuss, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, The Owens Art Gallery, Memorial University, Struts Gallery, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, XPACE, and Eastern Edge Gallery.

Lilian CooperLilian Cooper, 2016- The Rooms Partnership, is a drawing artist and her work focuses on nature and climate change. She has degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her work is exhibited in Europe and further afield in Canada, the States, Japan and South Korea. Exhibitons have included solo and group shows at Portland Museum of Art, Maine, Missouri State University, USA; Geumgang National Museum, South Korea; Shetland Museum, Scotland UK; Tempus Arti, Belgium; Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Pamela AllenPamela Allen, 2015 - The Rooms Partnership - exhibits regularly in both Canada and the U.S. Her work has traveled to Europe, SE Asia, and she participate in working vacations in El Paso Texas, Tucson Arizona, Ventura California, and an artist’s residency in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland. Pamela received her B.F.A. from Queens University and is an adjunct instructor in the Fine Arts department.  Exhibiting in many national and international quilt art exhibitions, she has won numerous awards for her quilts. Her work has been published in the Quilting Arts Magazine, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, the Canadian Quilters Magazine, and in the recently published Masters: Art Quilt, and 500 Artquilts and Creating with Fabric ).  In 2012 she was awarded the Teacher of the Year by the International Professional Quilters Association. 

Peter NearyA 2014 returning Trust Sponsored Writer-in-residence and Kent Centennial panel moderator, Peter Neary was born on Bell Island, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, and is a graduate of Memorial University and the University of London. Peter has written extensively on the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the author of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic World, 1929-1949 and On To Civvy Street: Canada’s Rehabilitation Program for Veterans of the Second World War, the co-author of Part of the Main: An Illustrated History of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the editor of White Tie and Decorations: Sir John and Lady Hope Simpson in Newfoundland, 1934-1936 . Peter's contributions to the art history of Newfoundland and Labrador include essays on Clare Bice, Frederic Edwin Church, Alan Collier, Maurice Cullen, and Rhoda Dawson. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

Claire WilkshireClaire Wilkshire, 2015 -Trust Sponsored- is a writer, editor, teacher and translator based in St. John’s.  Claire studied English and French at Memorial and completed an MA at McMaster and a PhD in English literature at UBC. She taught English and French at Memorial for 15 years. Her stories, book reviews, and articles have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. Her first novel, Maxine, was published in March 2013 by Breakwater Books. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Grain, The New Quarterly, Event, and The Fiddlehead. A member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, she’s a founding member of the Burning Rock writing group. Claire’s current fiction project is a young adult novel set in St. John’s.

Linda BuckmasterLinda Buckmaster, 2014, Trust Sponsored, a former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine, has published three books of poetry, and her poems, essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in regional and national journals, including a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2014 and as a winner in the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.  An Atlantic and Gulf Editor for National Fisherman magazine, her beat was Newfoundland to Texas. Linda works in a nonprofit and is Adjunct Faculty in the University of Maine System. Her special interest is "spirit of place," the interconnection of landscape and geology with the human culture.

Tara & Terry Tara Cooper & Terry O'Neill, 2014 -The Rooms Partnership- work across disciplines from printmaking, animation and photography to documentary filmmaking and sculpture. Employing the strategies of creative non-fiction and meteorology, their most recent study addresses the condition and impact of severe weather. Over the past two summers, the couple participated in two storm-chasing expeditions that were led by world-renowned severe weather expert, Roger Hill. The chase covered more than 6000 kilometres of the Great Plains in search of supercells—rotating storm clouds that are best known for producing anomalies such as baseball-sized hail, tornadoes and flash floods.

Tara works as an Assistant Professor at The University of Waterloo and Terry works as an art director for the CBC. They live together in Toronto, along with their dog named Lipton. Read more about Tara at and


Eleanor WachtelA 2014 returning Trust sponsored Writer-in-Residence and Kent Centennial panel moderator, Eleanor Wachtel is the host and co-founder of CBC Radio's Writers & Company, which recently celebrated its 23rd anniversary and won the New York Festivals Award.  She also co-founded and hosts Wachtel on the Arts.  Her most recent books are Original Minds and Random Illuminations: Conversations With Carol Shields, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award. Wachtel has received many honours for her contributions to Canadian cultural life including eight honorary degrees and the Order of Canada.

Fredrick Lewis @ cape HornA 2014 returning Trust sponsored Writer-in-Residence and Kent Centennial presenter, Frederick Lewis is a documentary filmmaker, freelance writer, and a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his productions, which have aired internationally. These projects have taken him to Russia, Greenland, Argentina, Chile (sailing to Cape Horn), Denmark, Ireland, Newfoundland and Alaska. He has designed and directed international study programs in Malaysia, Guyana, Ecuador, Germany and Ireland.

Michael McCormackMichael McCormack, 2013 - The Rooms Partnership- is an interdisciplinary artist from Halifax. He was the founder of the McCleave Gallery of Fine Art merging with the Suitcase Art Gallery Space Research Institute. He worked as Director of Eyelevel Gallery and representative for the Association of Artist-run Centres from the Atlantic, has co-curated exhibitions throughout Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland, and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries, festivals, and artist-run centres. Michael is currently working on his MFA in Intermedia at NSCAD University. Read more baoaut Michael andhis projects at his Shortwave Radio BLOG.

Berni StapletonBerni Stapleton, 2013 - Trust Sponsored - is a Newfoundland/Labrador author, actor and playwright. She is a recent recipient of the Ambassador of Tourism award from Hospitality NL and is a past recipient of the WANL award for best work in non-fiction for her book They Let Down Baskets. Her recent book of short stories is called Rants, Riffs and Raves: The World According to Berni Stapleton and is now working on a new book of comedic essays entitled A Toothache in My Heart. She has been a playwright-in-residence with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Playwright’s Workshop Montreal, Alberta Theatre Projects, CanStage, PARC and other companies, and is a writer and performer with Rising Tide’s Revue.  She is a regular contributor to The Newfoundland Quarterly.


Sharon McKay writing from AfganistanDaniel LafranceSharon McKay, 2012 -Trust Sponsored- An award winning author, Sharon is working with graphic novel artist Daniel Lafrance on an adaption of her Charlie Wilcox & Charlie Wilcox's Great War -imagined stories of a Brigus boy who accidently goes on the great war. Paying tribute to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, children and young adult publisher Annick Press will be translating both books into one epic graphic novel.

Sara TilleySara Tilley, 2012 -Trust Sponsored- Award winning writer and theater artisit, Sara is continuing a selection of short stories based upon a collection of letters from a family ancestral home in Elliston, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, covering five generations. Sara is the author Skin Room, published by Pedlar Press, a novel of a young woman's coming of age and set between Sanikiluaq, Nunavut and St. John's, Newfoundland. Placing bookends on the continent, Sara is also finishing a draft of a second novel, DUKE, tracing her grandfathers steps in and between Newfoundland and Alaska.

Sam Douglas TrekkingSam Douglas, 2012 -The Rooms Partnership- A landscape painter and graduate from the London Royal College of Art, Sam has exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; The Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh and Alc Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland. Over the past few years Sam has travelled to various mountain ranges - the Himalayas, Caucasus, Atlas and Picos de Europa- which are reflected in his recent oil paintings. To view more of his works, visit Mr. Douglas's website.

Jenn FarrellJenn Farrell , 2011 -Trust Sponsored- Ms Farrell is the author of two collections of short fiction: The Devil You Know and Surgar Bush and Other Stories (both Anvil Press, 2010, 2006). She is a two-time winner of the Vancouver Courier Fiction Contest, and the recipient of the 2002 Maclean-Hunter Endowment Prize for non-fiction. Jenn is a board member of the Magazine Association of British Columbia and a contributor to CBC Radio. Now living in Vancouver, she works as a freelance writer, editor, and creative writing teacher in Continuing Studies at Langara College, and is currently working on her third book. Enjoy Jenn's Landfall blog.

Veselina TomovaVeselina Tomova, 2011 -The Rooms Partnership- Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Veselina graduated from the Academy of Graphic Art and Book Design in Leipzig, Germany. She now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, and is a co-owner of Vis-à-Vis Graphics. Recipient of the Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador 2011 Large Year Award, Tomova divides her time between her graphic design business and her favourite activities, like drawing, painting, printmaking, pottery, illustrating children's books and walking on St. John's scenic Battery Cliffs. Veselina is represented by the Red Ochre Gallery in St. John's.

Fredrick Lewis @ cape HornFrederick Lewis, 2011 -Trust sponsored- A documentary filmmaker and a Professor at the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, Frederick is currently writing a Rockwell Kent biography to be published next year. He produced, wrote and directed the 3-hour documentary Retracing Rockwell Kent. Frederick was a 3-week guest of the Trust and is engaged in the 2014 centennial recognizing Rockwell Kent's arrivial in Newfoundland and stay at Landfall. Thank you, Frederick!

Marie Wadden, 2010 -Trust Sponsored- An accomplished journalist and author living in St. John's, Marie was Landfall's second writer-in-residence. Marie worked on her first venture into fiction with a strong Conception Bay flavour.  Marie spent the better part of Hurricane Igor at Landfall comfortably nestled in Kent Cottage.  Read more about Marie’s Landfall stay and residency in her notes. Marie's experience as a journalist has been very helpful to the Trust. Thank you, Marie!

Christy GeorgChristy Georg, 2010 -The Rooms Partnership - From Boston, Chrisy is an adventurer and accomplished sculptural artist with a broad range of talent. She enjoyed a three-week residency at Landfall and conducted three workshops for local nautical enthusiasts.  Christy's Landfall residency focused on research for an art grant proposal supporting the preservation of the Schooner Ernestina, which sailed out of Brigus under Capt. Bob Bartlett. Follow Christy's adventures through the art world in her creative and delightful blog.

Dennis FlynnDennis Flynn, 2010 -Trust Sponsored- From Colliers, Newfoundland, Dennis is a photographer and writer. During his residency, Dennis completed an extensive “as built” photographic record of Landfall, both internal and external. This will be of considerable value to the Trust's Kent Cottage conservation and preservation efforts. He also published an article for the April 2010 issue of Life is Better Downhome, entitled The Landfall Legacy.  Dennis is now a member of the Landfall Trust Board of Directors. Thank you, Dennis!

Brian HoxhaBrian Hoxha, 2009
-The Rooms Partnership- Brian is an accomplished landscape artist from Toronto, and a graduate from the Ontario School of Fine Arts. He has travelled extensively in Canada and shown his works in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Most of his paintings are in private and corporate collections. You may view some of Brians Newfoundland seacapes on-line and locally in a St. John's gallery.

Kevin Major Kevin Major, 2008 –Trust Sponsored- An accomplished teacher and writer, Kevin has published more than 12 novels, many focusing on children including the critically acclaimed The House of Wooden Santas. Many of his award-winning books have been translated into several languages and four have been adapted into plays. Kevin’s Landfall residency included working with classes at Amalgamated Academy. Kevin resides in St. John's with his wife, Anne, and family. Kevin and Anne are members of the Landfall Trust Advisory Committee. Thank you, Kevin and Anne!

Temma GentlesTemma Gentles, 2008 –The Rooms Partnership– Temma has a repertoire of textile techniques including weaving, appliqué, silk screen basketry and beading, and focuses on commissioned textiles for religious environments. With a strong academic and design background, including family traditions, Temma's textiles have exhibited extensively through-out North America. Her works are found in collections around the world and in numerous publications. During her residency, Temma hosted a textile workshop for children in Brigus.

Gerald Squires, 2007, 2008 and 2009 –Trust Sponsored- Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, appointed to the Order of Canada, recipient of the Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee Award and inducted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council's Hall of Honor, the late Mr. Squires crafted a full palette. During his residency, Gerald created the limited edition Kent Cottage at Landfall print and gave an illustrated lecture; the proceeds from the print sales continue to support the Trust's Kent Cottage conservations efforts.

Robert TombsRobert Tombs, 2007
–The Rooms Partnership– An Ottawa-based artist and graphic designer, Robert studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and received a MFA from the Yale School of Art. He works exclusively with cultural clients such as art galleries and the academic press. His projects have won numerous art, design and printing awards. Robert is currently a professor in the Applied Arts at Algonquin College School of Media+Design. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2008. You can view more of Robert's works at his Studio of Special Projects.

Eleanor WachtelEleanor Wachtel, 2007 –Trust Sponsored - Recipient of six honourary degrees, award winning writer, broadcaster, and popular host of CBC Radio’s “Writers and Company” program, Eleanor was the first Trust sponsored residency. During her residency at Landfall, Eleanor gave a sell out presentation at Memorial University in St. John’s, The Lives of Writers. Proceeds from the presentation supported Landfall Trust programs. Thank you, Eleanor!

Sylvia Bendzsa Sylvia Bendzsa, 2006
–The Rooms Partnership- Settling in Newfoundland from Ontario in 1974, Sylvia travels the province extensively during the summer sketching and painting. Known for her paintings, etchings, and lithographs, she has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Sylvia is represented in private and public collections across Canada and some of her Newfoundland works are found in the Permanent Collection of the Rooms Provincial Gallery. During her residency at Landfall, Sylvia conducted a materials and sketching workshop.

Cecil DayCecil Day, 2006 –The Rooms Partnership– With an MFA from Washington University, Cecil lives in Nova Scotia, but has spent much of her time in Newfoundland. As a printmaker, Cecil translates her work into quilts, water-colours, paper maché sculptures and fabric banners.  Her work is extensively exhibited in solo, group and juried shows across North America, and are in the Permanent Collection at The Rooms Provincial Gallery. During her residency at Landfall, Cecil conducted a linocut workshop focusing on some of Rockwell Kent's ealier work.

Scott Walden, 2005 –The Rooms Partnership- Author of Places Lost: in Search of Newfoundland’s Resettled Communities, Scott  is originally from Ontario but now lives in New York and spends his summers in Newfoundland at Lower Island Cove.  He has a PhD in philosophy from the City University of New York and has taught both at Memorial and New York Universities. He was Landfall’s first artist-in-residence and is currently at work on documenting the Newfoundland Railway and the Newfoundland portion of the Trans-Canadian Highway. Scott's many phographs of Kent Cottage have graced Trust publications. Thank you, Scott!