Fogo, the world’s wildest arts scene?

“A 110-square-mile, windswept outcrop of bald rock overlooking the raging north Atlantic, off Newfoundland, Fogo is home to 2,700 fishermen or descendants of, and a considerably larger population of gannets whose shrill cries provide a constant soundtrack.This is life right on the edge. Indeed the Flat Earth Society considers Fogo Island one of the four corners of a flat earth.” This how The Guardian, a leading publication in the United Kingdom, describes our little island-off-of-an-island. The article describes a new and ambitious project undertaken by our provincial government and a group called the Shorefast Foundation to turn the area into an international arts destination. “Cobb and her brother established the Shorefast Foundation with the idea of revitalising the community by weaving together the fundamental components of Fogo’s heritage – fishing, craftsmanship, nature and tourism. Shorefast put $6m into the project, the federal and provincial governments $5m each. First, Shorefast planned to put Fogo on the map as an international art destination, and hired Newfoundland-born, Norway-based architect Todd Saunders to design a series of artists’ studios. Four of them were finished last year, three more were unveiled on 23 June.” To read the rest of this interesting article (from an outsider’s perspective) click the link below.

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