|Georges Island Lighthouse in the Halifax Harbour|
I arrived without having organised any accommodation but thankfully found something on my first day (a BIG thank you to Alexis from NSCCD who helped). It is perfect and I love it! The location is very central and I can walk everywhere (essential when you dont have a car). I am sharing the flat with a photographer and an architecture student. Its great to be immersed in an arty area and be surrounded by arty people.
On the first day I met the other artists who are also participating in the residency. There is a nice mix of textiles / ceramics and jewellery. Everyone is keen to collaborate and we also have access to wood working facilities (along with ceramics, textiles, metal smith and glass) so it is going to be very exciting to see what the end results will be.
|View of the Ceramic studio where I will be creating|
|The Mitchell House near the port|
|Historic Properties - the oldest in town. Built in 1854|
|Detail of the Old Town Clock|
|Old Burial Grounds in the heart of the city. They date back to 1749.|
Everything is very green and the public gardens are a delightful place to sit and read a book, or have a picnic.
|Self portrait in park|
I was lucky enough to be here on Canada Day (1 July) so I explored the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where I saw pirates gold (so cool), ship wrecks (including a display on the Titanic) and all things Maritime. I saw the firing of the noon canon at the Citadel and spent over three hours walking through the exhibits.
I also had to try some national food, Poutine, which is french fries topped with gravy and cheese curd. Yum!
|Buildings in the North End, Halifax|
|St Georges Round Church|
|View from Macdonald Bridge|
Dartmouth has some smaller museums including Quaker House built in 1786 and a fascinating insight into the Quaker lifestyle at this time in history. Just across the road is Two If By Sea, a cafe renown for its croissants and people watching. Of course, I had to stop and try one, on the pretence it was a good location for a sketch of Quaker House!
Well, thats about all for now. You may have noticed that the pictures get sunnier as my entry progresses. The drizzle has gone and has been replaced by 30 degrees C and 70% humidity. Its hot!
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