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Tiny studios hoped to draw artists to northwestern Ontario

Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, located almost 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont. is building a tiny studio in hopes of attracting artists for week-long residencies during the summer of 2016.

Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls building tiny floating studio to attract creative types to community

Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is building tiny studios with hopes of attracting artists to the township. One of the versions will be a floating studio. (snnf.ca)
If you build it they will come. The township of Sioux Narrows - Nestor Falls is building tiny artist studios in the hopes of attracting artist and other creative types to the community for week-long residencies during the summer. 7:42

Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, located almost 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont. is building a tiny studio in hopes of attracting artists for week-long residencies during the summer of 2016.

The township plans on building three tiny studios, each measuring about 3.5 by 3.5 metres, at either Sioux Narrows Provincial Park or Calliper Lake Provincial Park, with the aim of showcasing the natural beauty of the area.

Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls partnered with Confederation College and students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Beaver Brae High School to build the tiny studio. (Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls)

The first studio will be a floating version. Next up will be a mobile tiny studio, like a camper trailer, that can be moved from location to location. A third studio will be stationary and placed in the forest.

"We have this great natural landscape," said Denise Lysak, cultural officer for the township.

"We have the rocks, the lakes, the trees and that DNA sort of inspires, I think, creativity."

Lysak said they took their cue for the tiny studio from others located elsewhere in the country, like the Leighton Colony Studio in Banff, Alta. and the Fogo Island Studio in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"We have that ruggedness, we have that natural landscape," Lysak said. "Why don't we try and see if we can entice those people, those creative minds, to come here and work on the work they so much want to create."

The on-the-water tiny studio in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Fall was constructed by students at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Beaver Brae High School. (Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls)

The township already has sponsors for four of the week-long residencies and they plan on capping the total number at six for the first summer of the program.

Lysak said artists will get a feel for what it's like to be here,

"We're going to let them actually experience all that there is to be part of this landscape," Lysak said. "They will use the studio during the day and be on water and then in the evening and at night they'll be at a campsite in a prospector's tent."

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