News & Current Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

Gerald SquiresWe join the Newfoundland and Labrador artworld in mourning the death of Gerald Squires on October 3, 2015. Well-regarded and loved for his distinctive portrayals of the land and and its rocks, his passion for the Beothuk presence, and an engaging conversationalist, he will be missed. 

A seasonal 2007-2009 Landfall Artist-in-Residence, 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.

Above Right: Gerald Squires, Self-Portrait at Landfall Cottage, charcol on paper, 2009.

2016 Artisit-in-Residence Application Period Now Closed

The Rooms The Rooms sponsored Landfall Trust 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Landfall's Kent Cottage application period closed in November.

The Rooms selection committee is now at work.... See The Rooms website for more information about the Landall and other Canadian Council of the Arts sponosred residencies.

Summer 2016 Writer-in-Residence Expression of Interest & Application Period is open...

The Trust is now inviting Expressions of Interest from established writers who are interested in the 2016 two-week Writer-in-Residence program from September 17 to 30, 2016.

During this two-week period, the successful applicant will be supported through the use of the fully equipped cottage, free of charge, as an inspirational setting for his or her writing, with an expectation that there will be a public event, such as a reading, workshop (intended for children or adults), or presentation and a short written report for use on the Landfall Trust website.

See the Expression of Interest for application to the 2016 Landfall Writer-in-Residence . The deadline for submission is April 30, 2016.

Recent Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

Read about Landfall's past Artists and Writers-in-Residence on the Residencies page and view thier albums in the Landfall Facebook photo albums.

The Trust is exploring opportunities to share our arts and cultural heritage programs with new and unique residency offerings. Do you represent or know of an agency willing to co-sponsor a Musician-in-Residence program? Please contact us with your ideas and suggestions.

Landfall's Kent Cottage Resident's Activities Since 2005

October 2015: Claire Wilkshire, the Trust's 2015 Writer-in-Residence, read from her novels and conducted the concert of La Rose des Vents, the Francophone Association choir, with accompanist David Green. The concert was held at St. George's Heritage Church in Brigus.

September 2015: Peter Neary, the Trust's 2015 Writer-in-Residence, gave a talk at the Brigus Public Library on September 14th titled Writing Newfoundland Art History: A Personal Narrative

June 2015: Pamela Allen, The Rooms summer 2015 sponsored Landfall Artist-in-Residence conducted two June workshops,at Landfall's Kent Cottage, titled Pictures Out of Fabric and My Quilt My Rules.

September 2014: Linda Buckmaster, the 2014 Landfall Writer-in-Residence, presented a reading on The Poetry  Coast of the North Atlantic at the Brigus Public Library. 

Sylvia BendzaJuly 2014: Artistic duo Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill
, The Rooms 2014 Landfall Artists-inResidence, presented a talk about their most recent project Supercell–The Poetics of a Storm Cloud.

In 2013: Michael McCormack, the Rooms and Landfall Trust Artist-in-Residence, held an Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage, gave a lecture at St. George's and conducted a tour of his Station installation at the Brigus Tunnel.

In 2012, The Rooms sponsored Landfall artist-in-residence,Sam Douglas had a presentation at The Rooms sharing how his Newfoundland experience is influencing his landscape painting. Sam also conducted an artist workshop at Landfall's Kent Cottage.

In 2012, The Trust sponsored Writer-in-Residence Sharon McKay gave a presentation at the Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts.

In 2011, artist Veselina Tomova, of St. John's, The Rooms 2011 Landfall Artist-in-Residence, held a one-day sketching workshop for adults at Landfall and another for young people in the Brigus summer recreation program.

In 2010, Christy Georg, of Boston, the Rooms 2010 Artist-in-Residence and sailing vessel mariner, provided three knot-tying workshops for local nautical enthusiasts including the Summer Youth Recreation Program in Brigus, Hawthorne Cottage and the Cupids Legacy Centre.

Above: Sylvia Bendzsa (untitled Brigus Bay from Landfall, 2006)

In 2009, Brian Hoxha, landscape artisit from Toronto, was The Rooms sponsored Landfall Artist-in-Residence.

In 2008, Temma Gentles, a textiles artist and designer from Toronto, was The Rooms 2008 Artist-in-Residence, and hosted a textiles workshop for children in Brigus.

In 2007, Robert Tombs, of Ottawa and graphic designer, was The Rooms 2007 Artist-in-Residence, and hosted a teens poster workshop in Brigus.

In 2006, Cecil Day, a print maker from Nova Scotia, was the 2006 Rooms Artists-in-Residence with Sylvia Bendzsa , of St. John's,a painter and visual artist. Cecil conducted a print marking workshop and Sylvia conducted art materials and skectching workshop in Brigus.

In 2005, Scott Walden, philosopher and photographer, was the first Rooms Artist-in-Residence at Landfall in 2005. Dr. Walden gave three presentations on the relationships of photography and writing on place, memory and history.

Past Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

August 2015: The third annual Landfall Trust sponsored Knitters Outing was held at Kent Cottage. Funds raised support Trust programs.

August 2015: The second annual Open House was held at Landfall's Kent Cottage during the annual Brigus Blueberry Festival.

June 2015: The first 2015 annual Open House was held at Landfall's Kent Cottage.

Symposium Presenters

Kent Centennial Symposium Presenters: From L-R: Back row: Peter Neary, Richard West, Will Ross, Jake Wien and Caroline Stone; Front  row: Robert Rightmire, Constance Martin, Milly Brown and Frederick Lewis. Not pictured: Kevin Major, Edward Roberts and Dennis Costanzo. Photo by D. Flynn.

September 2014: The 2014 Kent Centennial, a Commemoration of Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland came to a close.  Kent lived at Landfall in 1914-15. Please see the Kent Centennial pages for in-depth information about Kent, the Centennial and the 2014 summer events.

September 2014: The Landfall Trust Board of Directors held an Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage to Celebrate Culture Days throughout Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.

September 2014: The second annual Landfall Trust sponsored Knitters Outing was held at Kent Cottage. Funds raised support Trust programs.

August 2014: Thanks to all for joining us at the annual Brigus Blueberry Festival. Your support and financial contributions are appreciated!

June 2014: Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage, was held on Saturday, June 21, on the occasion of Rockwell Kent’s birthday to unveil the replica of the wooden figurehead that Kent installed at the cottage in 1914.

December 2013: Read about the Landfall Trust 2013 activities with past- president, Andrew Crichton.September 2013: The Landfall Trust Board of Directors held an Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage to Celebrate Culture Days through-out Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.

August 2013: Thanks to all for joining us at the annual Brigus Blueberry Festival. Your support and financial contributions are appreciated!

Squires Print Presentation

Squires Kent Cottage Print Presentation to His Honour & Mrs. Crosbie During their visit to the Kent Cottage Open House in May, 2012, the Honourable John C. Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor Newfoundland & Labrador, and Mrs. Crosbie, are presented the Gerald Squires limited edition print Kent Cottage at Landfall, by Trust President Andrew Crichton. Mr. Squires was a seasonal Landfall Artist-in-Residence between 2007 and 2009. Photo by Dennis Flynn.  

June 2013: Landfall sponsored a wonderful Knit Outing fund raiser at Landfall. The participant had a great time knitting, eating, laughing and smelling the lilacs.

February 2013: Landfall Board Member Dr. Milly Brown traveled to the Centennial Celebration of Rockwell Kent in Winona, Minnesota. The week-long festival exhibited Kent's works and activities while building Briarcombe Farms, two Georgian Revival Mansions overlooking the Mississippi River.

September 2012: The annual Kent Cottage open house celebrating Culture Days was hosted by the Lanfall Trust directors and writer -in-residence Sara Tilley.

July 2012: Landfall was visited by Carlene Roters ( and her husband Frank Merritt, from New Mexico. Carlene's father, Carl Roter, visited and painted in Brigus in 1930. Carlene is now working to return her father's Newfoundland work to Newfoundland.

May 2012 saw a wonderfully full Open House on the 20th with over 125 people visiting Kent Cottage. Thanks to all for the most enjoyable spring afternoon at Landfall.April 2012: the Landfall Trust received the prestigious Manning Award in the International category at the 2012 Awards Ceremony held in St. John's.

2011 was a landmark year for Kent Cottage and the Landfall Trust. Take a moment to catch-up on the events of the past year in the January 2012 Landfall Trust Newsletter.

October 2011: Culture Days: A Landfall and Kent Cottage open house was hosted by the volunteer directors.

2012 Manning Award Reception at Government House

The Landfall Trust received the prestigious 2012 Manning Award in the International category. Pictured L-R: The Honourable Edward Roberts (former Lt. Governor), Roy Clarke (Brigus Historic & Conservation Society), Caroline Stone (Landfall Trust Advisory Committee member), Landfall Trust Board members Tony Dearness & Elizabeth Bourgeois, Ralph Trickett (Deputy Mayor, Brigus) and Landfall Board member Dennis Flynn. Photo by D. Flynn.

August 2011: Relatives of A.E. Harris, owner of Kent Cottage from 1929-1933, visited Landfall and Kent Cottage during the unveiling cermony of the Cottage Interpretive Signage. Richard, his wife Audrey and duaghter Sharon live in England.

May 2011: the first Landfall Open House of the 2011 season with over 75 visitors.

June 2010: The annual Landfall Open House was held during our community week with 120 visitors attending.

April 2010, Dennis Flynn, of Colliers, Newfoundland, a photographer and writer, published an article for the April 2010 issue of Life is Better Downhome, entitled The Landfall Legacy

June 2009: The annual Landfall Open House was held in conjunction with the Bartlett 2009 Celebrations.

September 2008: well known Newfoundland artist, Gerald Squires gave a captivating illustrated presentation to a full house at The Rooms, St. John’s featuring works completed during his residencies at Landfall over the past two years. 

September 2008 Internationally recognized writer Kevin Major undertook a writer’s residency in late September when he worked closely with students and staff at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts.

July 2007: CBC Radio broadcaster, Eleanor Wachtel, writer,and popular host of Writers and Company, gave a sold-out presentation at Memorial University in St. John’s, The Lives of Writers.