Radiant Rural Halls

Performers from Corbin Murdoch’s project Song Portraits: Milton (Milton Community Hall, Radiant Rural Halls 2023)

PEI artist-run centre this town is small (TTIS) will present the third edition of Radiant Rural Halls (RRH), a series of contemporary art projects and events presented in community halls across rural PEI, February–April 2024. RRH organizers plan to feature contemporary art performances, installations, workshops, community collaborations and more that engage with the liveliness and histories of the halls and their surrounding communities. 

TTIS is looking forward to gathering and engaging with artists and communities to present contemporary art experiences across the province.

“The highlight of 2023 was Song Portraits,” shares Milton Hall staff member Shari MacDonald, “Corbin Murdoch interviewed six hall volunteers and wrote them each a song that captured their essence. The musical team rehearsed with the volunteers, before performing their songs with professional lighting, sound and a five-piece band. It was incredible!”

Cameron Cassidy is the returning RRH’s Project Coordinator and will work alongside TTIS staff and the RRH steering committee to plan, promote and execute the events. 

TTIS is currently seeking proposals from artists. The call for submissions is open until September 10 at midnight.

Selected artists will present their projects and have an opportunity to speak about their work in a public setting such as a meet and greet, artist talk or round-table discussion. A printed catalogue featuring photographs and original writings that reflect on the artistic presentations and engage with the unique history and contemporary culture of PEI’s community halls will be created as an extension of the project. Professional artists residing in Canada are eligible to apply, and artists with connections to rural communities will be prioritized. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of professional artists and community representatives. Artists can learn how to apply online at thistownissmall.com.