Aerial view of Don Russell's artwork
Don Russell, "Stone Clay and Fire - Making a Circle," CAFKA 2018. Image: Alex Ortega.


Please join us for the inaugural Artist Residency at the Hart House Farm with artist Don RussellPast-Present-Future is an interactive participatory project that calls on people to come together to produce land-based artwork over four days. The farm sits on the escarpment's edge and boasts mature forests, meadows and limestone cliffs. The time there will be augmented by visits from Indigenous elders, professional artists, and plant knowledge people. The theme is based on Indigenous teachings about time concepts and how we utilize that understanding to keep our lives in balance. 

We will gather and spend time on the land, collecting stones, listening to stories, and learning about the land while discovering the surrounding area that is Hart House Farm. 

Hart House invites Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and members of the U of T community to join in this experience at the Hart House Farm. You can join us for a portion of the time or the full four days. 

Please note that registration is now closed. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Day Milman


DAY ONE - Thursday, October 12

Project initiation with Sacred Fire, meet the artist and other participants, and learn about the project

Edible and Medicinal Plants Identification and Uses Workshop by Julia Hitchcock

Gathering near Sacred Fire 

DAY TWO - Friday, October 13*

All day
Communal art project creation

Forest Notes Workshop with Lisa Hirmer

Gathering near Sacred Fire 

*Please note that Don Russell won't be on site from 4 to 9 pm on day two.

DAY THREE - Saturday, October 14

All day
Communal art project creation

Teachings with Elder Peter Schuler

Talk with Lois Thomas

Gathering near Sacred Fire 

DAY FOUR - Sunday, October 15

Communal art project creation

Communal feast 

Project completion


Visitors are welcome to organize their own transportation on all days. Parking is available for free at the farm.  

Shuttle buses are available on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15. Departure from Hart House at 9:30 am. Departure from the farm at 6 pm. You must register to secure a seat on the shuttle bus, please reach out to  Day Milman.

Staying at the Farm

Accommodation at the farm is rustic, simple, communal, and no-frills. Tent camping is welcome. Project participants can reserve a bunkie that sleeps two people or bunk beds in Ignatieff House. Please bring your sleeping bags and pillows.

Ignatieff Home also includes:  

  • Barrier-free entry on the east side (two powered doors along with a 17:1 sloped ramp) 
  • Universal washroom on main floor 
  • Accessible furniture 
  • Fully equipped kitchen  

Much of our time together will be spent outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear warm layers, and bring rain gear, toques, and gloves. Wear comfortable shoes or boots that can handle variable terrain, including unpaved pathways, grass, forested areas, and mud.  

Please note that the farm does not include any showering or bathing facilities.  

All accommodation at the Hart Houe Farm is free of charge for project participants.

Food at the Farm

Light snacks, lunch, and dinner will be available at the farm on all days. Project participants are welcome to bring their own food.  A communal lunch will be served on Sunday, October 15.

All visitors are welcome to use the communal kitchen in Ignatieff Home and several restaurants are available in the area.  

All food at the Hart House Farm is free of charge for project participants.


During the event, the space is a sacred ceremony area. To honor its sanctity, individuals are asked to refrain from using substances such as drugs or alcohol. Your respect for this policy is essential in preserving this space's sanctity, safety, and reverence at the Hart House Farm.

Artist in Residence


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  • Date: Thu, Oct 12, 2023
  • Time & Duration: (all day) (4 days)
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  • Venue:
    Hart House Farm
    15911 Creditview Road ,
    Caledon, ON L7C 3G9
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