Island Studies News | December 2021

Island Studies News | December 2021

A note from the editor:

Happy holidays, and welcome to the December edition of the Institute of Island Studies Newsletter!

Island Studies Press encourages you to read and gift local this holiday season. Check out the Island Studies Press section for gift suggestions for all the bookworms on your list! If you prefer your entertainment in audio format, our podcasts listings continue to expand!

Grounded, a contemporary art exhibition here in Epekwitk/PEI continues this month; right up to Christmas eve. This exhibit features two works from MAIS alumna Maggie J. Henry. Take the time to visit if you're on the Island, you'll be glad you did.

We have a couple more webinars this month for you to enjoy, and don't miss out on registering for next year's conferences2022 is right around the corner!

Don't forget to check out our Arts and Media section on your way out to see some of Reilly Fitzgerald's paintings. His vivid colours are sure to brighten your winter morning!

If you are celebrating this holiday season, I hope you have a joyous time!
See you in the new year!
          - Megan Lane

Debby Wilson Danard wanted to come up with a way to give back and make knowledge more accessible for First Nations people especially. So, she and some family members are working to create a new resource: Indigipedia. Over the summer, she, her son and daughter-in-law crowdfunded about $6,000, and have been working on the design for a digital encyclopedia of Indigenous teachings that will be edited by community members and consulted by a wise counsel. The site, is set to launch in January 2022.

(via Toronto Star)

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Institute of Island Studies

New UPEI Sessional Position Postings

Sessional Instructors - Island Studies - Faculty of Arts (Winter)

Closing Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 View on UPEI HR Website »  

Sessional Instructor - Island Studies - Faculty of Arts (Winter 2022)

Closing Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 View on UPEI HR Website »
COVID-19 Island Insights Final Report now available!

The COVID-19 Island Insights Series is an initiative led by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) and the Institute of Island Studies in collaboration with Island Innovation. The Series aims to bring together critical assessments of how specific islands around the world have performed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent to which their recovery plans are able to promote long term resilience and sustainability.

UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability

Small States and Territories Special section
Sustainable Island Futures: A Collaborative Research Project

In 2018, Island Studies researchers, through UPEI's UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, embarked on the Sustainable Islands Futures Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSCHRCC). The program brought together researchers from six island states and six subnational island jurisdictions to develop a better understanding of the sustainable development practices and potential of small islands, and especially the role that sovereignty and international relationships play in achieving a more sustainable future.

Now, a special section devoted to the project, edited by former UNESCO Chair Jim Randall (the project's Principal Investigator), has been published in Small States and Territories Journal. With an introduction by Jim Randall, the section, authored by three teams of researchers, examines the similarities and differences between Small Island States and Subnational Island Jurisdictions, including their relative capacities for implementing sustainable practices in socio-political, cultural-artistic, economic, and environmental domains. In addressing these objectives, a parallel goal that extends beyond the life of this project is to contribute to changing the rhetoric surrounding the sustainability of small islands from one of vulnerability to one of resilience.

Papers include:

Island Studies Press

Island Studies Press encourages you to read and gift local this holiday season.
For the islomaniac on your list, pick up a copy of My island's the house I sleep in at night by Laurie Brinklow. This poetry collection is drawn from interviews with artists living in Newfoundland, Tasmania, and PEI. 

As always, we'd like to remind you that all of the Island Studies Press books that you read about in our newsletter are available for sale in bookstores and online!

UPEI Bookstore Online | Island Studies Press website

PEI Community Announcements

Grounded: Seeking Connections

A group exhibition of contemporary art on PEI

November 9 – December 24, 2021

Grounded: Seeking Connections is a juried group exhibition that features artworks by eight artists based on Prince Edward Island: Will Baker, Doug Dumais, Maggie J. Whitten Henry, Monica Lacey, Sarah Saunders, LiliAnne Webster, Jane Whitten, and Damien Worth. The exhibition is an exploration of place, the natural world, and the artist’s role within it.

The exhibition was organised from an open call for submissions for recent artworks that are original, forward thinking, and incite conversation. The selected artworks are in a range of mediums, including photography, sculpture, textile, video, painting, and mixed media. Many of the artworks are introspective and personal reflections, often demonstrating a desire for deeper connection, an especially relevant subject in a time where many of us are distanced. The artworks further explore themes related to the natural world and ecological concerns, material juxtapositions, and revisiting and recording traces from the past.

The exhibition is a partnership between this town is small and Eptek Art & Culture Centre and is made possible with the support of the PEI Culture Action Plan through Innovation PEI. 

Venue Access:
Tuesday to Friday 10:00-4:00
Sunday 12:00-4:00
Closed: Monday and Saturday

*Admission by donation*

Research Associates

The Institute of Island Studies at UPEI has an active Research Associate program. Here is a taste of what some of our Research Associates have been up to lately:

Dr. Dacia Latoya Leslie 

Presentation: "Towards Sustainable Correctional Reform: The Role of M&E"
Presented during Successfully Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Prison: The Experiences of Caribbean SIDS. March 31, 2021

Dr. Dacia Leslie was a panelist at this event, which was hosted by the Crime Prevention and Offender Management (CPOM) SALISES Research Cluster in collaboration with the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI.

Click here to watch the event recording.
Click here to skip to Dr. Leslie's presentation.

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To learn more about the IIS Research Associate program and our current Research Associates, visit
Want to become a Research Associate?
Apply Here!

Do you have a new book, journal article, blog post, interview, podcast, video, or other publication to share?

Let us know so we can share your news with the community!

Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Students & Alumni

The MAIS program is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients (2021-22). Congratulations, all!

Entrance Scholarships (Sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Graduate Studies):

  • Andrew MacPherson
  • Hung-En Liao
  • Hafiz Basheer
  • Fiona Steele
  • Richard Wedge

Future Prosperity Scholarships (Sponsored by the Duffy Family Foundation and the Province of Prince Edward Island):

  • Helena Ryan
  • Isabel MacDougall

Donor-based Scholarships (Sponsored by individual donors, as noted)

Bill and Denise Andrew (Gold) Scholarship in Island Studies: Byron Lindsay

Carnegie Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Island Studies: Kelly Rivera

Erwin and Joyce Andrew Memorial Scholarship in Island Studies:

  • Canadian: Maggie Henry
  • International: Sandra Otu 

Dr. Peter and Mrs. Donna Meincke Graduate Scholarship in Island Studies: Nick Burnie

A huge thank you goes out to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the UPEI Faculty Association, and the donors who give so generously to support our students. We couldn’t do it without you!

Grounded, a contemporary art exhibition here in Epekwitk/PEI, featuring MAIS student Maggie J. Whitten Henry, continues this month!
These works, one of which has direct ties to her ongoing thesis project, have emerged daily research-creative practice and engage the island (whether physical, metaphorical, and/or a liminal in-between) as a figure of generative, ongoing becoming: a site of recursive islandness and infinite possibility.
If you cannot attend, or wish to see more of Maggie's work, visit
(See PEI Community Announcements for location details!)
Recent Publications by MAIS Alumni
  • Graham, S.C. & Campbell, L. M. (2021). Island Tourism Brand Identities: A Review of Themes in Island Tourism Logos. Journal of Marine & Island Cultures, 10(1). DOI: 10.21463/jmic.2021.10.1.04

Reminder: MAIS Graduate Student Profiles
All current MAIS students are invited (and encouraged!) to submit their info to have their profile added to the MAIS Graduate Student Profile page ( All you have to do is send us your information and we will do the rest!

➔ Go to to submit your information

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program, visit


Earlier this year, the islands of Uist received a Social Enterprise Place award.  And in November they launched a brochure highlighting the history of community and social enterprises in Uist, the many diverse contributions they make now, and their ambitious goals for the future on the climate emergency, young people, health and inclusion, and Gaelic language and culture.

It is a remarkable case of just how strong and resilient our island communities are, and will also be informative for those of you who are not so familiar with the importance of community organisations in places like Scotland and Ireland.  We have been building community wealth for over 40 years, have sustained our island communities through Covid, which has, in turn, only served to heighten our ambitions for the future.
There are so many echoes of what our work together revealed about the strength and resilience of peripheral communities.  The brochure demonstrates really well what peripheral communities can be like under our agenda of Redefining Peripherality, part of the practical application of the concept.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Anthropocene Islands Monthly Reading Group
The Monthly Reading Group will be taking a break for December.

See you next year!

For more information on the Antropocene Islands Reading Group, click here.

Islands Matter Webinar

Join us for a new series of webinars set up to address the hunger in the Scottish islands to hear from experts based in other islands worldwide, and to help inform the UHI Islands’ Strategy. Last month, we heard from Professor Des Thompson, Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity at NatureScot; and Professor Chik Collins, Rector of the University of the Faroe Islands.

Next up, December 2nd, is Professor Owe Ronström from the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology Uppsala University, based on Gotland. More details below.

Coming this month:
Islands Matter Webinar 5 with Professor Owe Ronström December 2nd, 12pm - 1pm (GMT)
The fifth University of the Highlands and Islands 'Islands Matter' webinars with Professor Owe Ronström, from the Gotland campus of Uppsala University. Owe will talk about his research into islandness and the history, heritage and music of Gotland, his island home.
Owe has written extensively on music, dance, ethnicity, age, heritage, and islands. He has also produced several hundred radio broadcasts for the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, on music from around the world. He is an active musician, and plays in the bands Orientexpressen, Gunnfjauns kapell, and is the director of Gotlands Balalajkaorkester. In June 2013 he produced BelleSounds, the world’s largest concert. Next semester there will be further talks from island-based experts.
Artscape Daniels Launchpad In Toronto And The Canadian Centre For Rural Creativity (CCRC) in Blyth, Ontario have a new initiative. 
Application deadline: Monday, December 6th at 12pm (EST).
The Rural Creatives Springboard begins January 17, 2022, and is a unique urban/rural collaboration between Artscape and the CCRC. The Springboard spotlights and supports diverse voices of creative entrepreneurship across Canada. 
The 3-month virtual program, with bursaries for 30 participants, will connect practicing artists, social entrepreneurs and other creatives from rurally/remotely situated places, and focus on delivering a balance of technical training, creative mindset-building, with opportunities for networking, industry connections, co-creation, peer support and one-on-one mentorship. 
Other benefits include a 12-month membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad and the CCRC - with an invitation to participate in the Rural Talks to Rural conference in November 2022. 
The application form can be found here.
Anthropocene Islands, Entangled Worlds with Jonathan Pugh
December 6, 2021 at 9am (UTC-04)

The island has become a key figure of the Anthropocene – an epoch in which human entanglements with nature come increasingly to the fore. For a long time, islands were romanticised or marginalised, seen as lacking modernity’s capacities for progress, vulnerable to the effects of catastrophic climate change and the afterlives of empire and coloniality. Today, however, the island is increasingly important for both policy-oriented and critical imaginaries that seek, more positively, to draw upon the island’s liminal and disruptive capacities, especially the relational entanglements and sensitivities its peoples and modes of life are said to exhibit. Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds explores the significant and widespread shift to working with islands for the generation of new or alternative approaches to knowledge, critique and policy practices. It explains how contemporary Anthropocene thinking takes a particular interest in islands as ‘entangled worlds’, which break down the human/nature divide of modernity and enable the generation of new or alternative approaches to ways of being (ontology) and knowing (epistemology). The book draws out core analytics which have risen to prominence (Resilience, Patchworks, Correlation and Storiation) as contemporary policy makers, scholars, critical theorists, artists, poets and activists work with islands to move beyond the constraints of modern approaches. In doing so, it argues that engaging with islands has become increasingly important for the generation of some of the core frameworks of contemporary thinking and concludes with a new critical agenda for the Anthropocene.

View Facebook event page here.
The 2022 John Douglas Taylor Conference
June 9-10, 2022
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 20, 2022
The 2022 John Douglas Taylor Conference committee welcomes interdisciplinary proposals for Diasporic Solidarities: Islands, Intimacies, and Imagining Otherwise. Conference presentations should engage with the complexities of constellating solidarities in so-called North America and in relation to historical and contemporary transnational flows with particular focus on the island (including land, movement to-from-and-away, Turtle Island, and more). The conference format will be virtual and synchronous via Zoom webinar. The two-day conference program features a plenary session and several research panel presentations.

Please see the full CFP on our website.
Please submit a 150-word proposal and 75-word bio to

Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Miss the Visual Island Summit 2021? Want to revisit the sessions?
Check out the

VIS2021 recordings!

Recent Podcast Recordings

The Falkland Islands: Forty Years On 
This five-part podcast series was funded by the University of the West of England in Bristol and supported by the Falkland Islands Government. The podcasts cover four substantive policy areas: politics, diversity, economics and resilience; and the fifth episode provides an overview of the four and some further information about the methods used to gather the data, as well as how Islanders define the Falklands in this period of change.

All five episodes are out now! 
Once upon an island - Green tourism

Episode 2: #Paros (Greece) : How to find the right balance between tourism and real estate pressure and preservation of the island’s identity?

Paros is one the finest gems of the Cyclades islands crown. Once very famous for its marble from which a large number of statues from the antiquity were built, the Island is now known for a nice balance between beautiful sandy beaches and charming ports, and, in the inland, authentic villages, ancient hiking trails, small monasteries. Paros is rather a chic island, attracting vistors who wish to discover the Cyclades charm and way of life.

Under the real estate pressure and the demand, Paros may be on the brick of a change : becoming an international Island hence risking altering its authenticity and greek identity.
The islanders need tourism to live, a need sharpened by the 2015 economic greek crisis, but want at the same timeto preserve their island’s identity and traditions.

Where is the right balance between tourism and preservation of the Island? How to regulate tourism ?
 And what role can culture and heritage play in finding this balance?

4 Episodes out now!

the hidden island

Episode 2: there and back again - part 2

In Part 2, we explore the concept of "islandness" and how it relates to the feeling of home, how nostalgic home can feel when you're stuck living off-island. We also touch a hot topic: do you have to be born an islander, or can you become one by choice? Finally, we talk about what keeps islanders away today, whether that's lack of work, racism and xenophobia, and the way PEI is slow to accept other people.

Features guest interviews: Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Georges Arsenault, Dr. Ed MacDonald, Isabelle Gallant and Thinh Nguyen. (Thinh's blog)

Did you know that the hidden island provides transcripts of its episodes? Check out the hidden island show notes for episode 1 part 1 and part 2!

"Ghost Gear"
Episode 5 of Coastal Connections: Stories from the Atlantic!
A podcast series from Coastal Routes Radio

Something is haunting our oceans... and it's trapping aquatic species and threatens fishers harvesting operations! In part 2 of our plastic ocean mini-series, we focus on ghost gear: old and damaged fishing lines, traps and aquaculture infrastructures that become loose in the ocean and don’t stop fishing over time! So, what's being done to address this global issue? In this episode, we find out by revisiting some familiar folks to share community-led ghost gear initiatives from their regions. We will investigate where this gear is coming from, how it is being tracked, where some of the most problematic areas are locally, how the gear can be retrieved, and finally, strategies for preventing ghost gear in the first place! We are joined by Matt Abbott, the Fundy Baykeeper at Conservation Council of New Brunswick, who will help us navigate this ghastly problem. He has experience working with both of our guests and will contribute to our conversations with Lillian and Melanie about their collaborative initiatives in New Brunswick. 

Upcoming Publications

The Caribbean on the Edge: The Political Stress of Stability, Equality, and Diplomacy Hardcover – April 22nd, 2022

In a time of persistent uncertainty, fragile eco-structures, the politics of "populism," and limits in institutional leadership, The Caribbean on the Edge acts as an analytical roadmap into a challenging era of globalization for the countries on the edge of history in the Caribbean, those often on a policy standstill pondering which way and how to turn. Winston Dookeran traces ideas evolved in development and diplomacy over the last decade to identify the path for new analytical leadership. The Caribbean on the Edge discusses the ideas central to leadership, including the political issues involved in development, governance, and diplomacy. Tracing the evolution of various schools of thought that influence policy choices, The Caribbean on the Edge introduces new approaches and risk factors that are aligned with the current realities in the region. Above all, this book is about the development of new practices that will usher in a radical shift in thinking, policy, and practice in order to unlock the paralysis of a Caribbean on the edge. Now available for pre-order!

Recent Publications

As always, this is by no means an exhaustive list. If there's something that you think we've missed, or if you have any forthcoming publications that we should be aware of, please let us know!

The Virtues Of Insularity: Pondering A New Chapter In The Historical Geography Of Islands
Godfrey Baldacchino, Nenad Starc

We may be on the cusp of a renaissance in small island living. The slow but steady decline that characterised much of the industrial age seems to have been halted in some islands and in some countries – including Ireland and Croatia – and even reversed in some places (the Aran Islands). Using a broad sweep this exploratory article explains the broad historical phenomenon of small island youth outmigration, population decline or resettlement; and how this is being replaced with a newfound value in ‘splendid isolation’ that, however, boasts elements of connectivity (including access to the World Wide Web).
In Afronomics Law
18 October 2021

Afronomicslaw Symposium:
Prospects for Deepening Africa-Caribbean Economic Relations

Latest Journal Issues:

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Water an Open Access Journal by MDPI
Special Issue: 'Water Resources Management and Water Security in Small Island Communities'
Deadline for expression of interest: December 31, 2021

A Special Issue of Water, an Open Access Journal by MDPI (Impact Factor 3.1) will feature a collection of papers addressing the impending water security crisis faced by Small Island Communities. Over 70 percent of Small Island Developing States face the risk of water shortages leading to water insecurity, a condition only exacerbated with climate change. Groundwater depletion, for example, increases the risk of saltwater intrusion. Industrial expansion into island communities adds pressure to water supply and water quality. Added to this, historical water governance structures create complexity in local water management, particularly for small island communities experiencing rapid human population growth. The impending water crisis extends beyond the developing world. Equally problematic is pressure on water resources in the more developed world. The attraction of “island life” as an escape from post-pandemic urban living places additional demand on precious, but limited, local water resources.

This Special Issue of Water welcomes contributions from NGOs, government, professionals and academics.  Please send expression of interest before 31 December 2021 to Dr. Robert Patrick, Guest Editor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, S7N 5C8 Canada.

SST Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, November 2022. Special section on ‘The Power of Jurisdiction: The 30th Anniversary of the 1992 "Island Living" International Conference hosted by the Institute of Island Studies in Prince Edward Island, Canada’

Deadline for 300-word abstract: January 15, 2022.
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: April 15, 2022.

Small States & Territories (SST) is pleased to announce a call for submissions of manuscripts in celebration of a unique international forum of island states and territories held in September 1992, almost exactly 30 years from this publication. The conference, hosted by the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), in Canada’s smallest province, was the first to bring academic, business, policy, and political leaders together to explore the role that jurisdiction plays in the economic destiny of about 25 sovereign and non-sovereign island territories in the North Atlantic theatre. Travelling north from Bermuda collecting islands along the eastern coast of the U.S. and Canada, thence to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, then the Aland islands, the conference then headed south and west again across the Mediterranean drawing in the islands of Cyprus, Malta, Corsica, and finally the Azores.  

The main conference theme was an exploration of the importance of constitutional status and the respective strengths and weaknesses of jurisdiction and policy in the economic fortunes of small island states and territories. Was sovereignty essential, as in the case of Iceland and Malta? What did the non-sovereign islands have to say on the matter? How could each put their powers to work most effectively in a strategy for their economic development? Most important of all, could small island states and territories overcome vulnerability and chart their own development successfully? And if so, what lessons did one place have for another? Such were the big overarching questions. 

We now invite thoughtful contributions from those who attended this conference, those who may have been impacted by its deliberations, and/or those who have reflected on its themes for any small state or territory. While we encourage papers on islands and their unique features, we do not restrict the call to island territories. The power of jurisdiction and policy, of course, can be pursued in any small territory.  

We are particularly interested in contributions that, for example:

  • reflect on the conference theme and demonstrate its importance in a ‘best’ case study of a small state/territory or a comparative study 

  • capture the history and show the development of this idea of 'policy trumping smallness' in the literature on small states and territories

  • discuss and illustrate success and/or failure of academic, business, policy and political elites in small state/territory strategies   

  • discuss the case for/against sovereignty and the politics of secession in the current state of world/regional governance systems.    

Manuscripts that are comparative in approach and thematically related to the 1992 conference themes are particularly welcome.

The special section editor (David Milne) invites interested authors to send an early abstract of around 300 words of their proposed submission to Small States & Territories Journal by January 15, 2022. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is April 15, 2022.

Call for papers for a special section of Island Studies Journal on ‘Policing and Justice in Island Communities’

First drafts deadline of 15 March 2022
Formal submissions to ISJ deadline: 31 May 2022

Research that focuses on policing and the justice systems from an island perspective is extremely rare. We wish to develop a thematic section of Island Studies Journal (ISJ) that addresses how island or archipelagic characteristics influence the nature, complexities, or potentials, and challenges of such issues as:
  • Police legitimacy
  • Incarceration and pre-trial detention
  • Policing the pandemic
  • Personalization of policing and criminal investigations
  • Use and abuse of force
  • Sentencing, punishment, and rehabilitation
  • Prison locations and prison conditions
  • Quality and type of police and justice services provided
We encourage the involvement of scholars working in various disciplines and different parts of the world, including scholars engaged in comparative island research. Researchers using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches are encouraged to submit their proposals for consideration. The first step in preparing this thematic section is to assemble a strong group of abstracts for consideration by the editors of ISJ. It is not possible for the guest editor to guarantee publication or at this stage even guarantee that the thematic section will move forward. However, the editor-in-chief of ISJ has offered encouragement regarding this proposal.

It is hoped that this special section will be published in the May 2023 issue of ISJ, but individual papers will be published online ahead of print as and when they complete the peer review and editorial process. For further information or in order to submit an abstract, please contact guest editors Wendell C. Wallace ( and Malisa Neptune-Figaro (

Interested authors are asked to send first drafts of their papers to the guest editors by the deadline of 15 March 2022 at the latest, using ‘Thematic Section on Policing and Justice in Island Communities’ as the subject of the e-mail. The guest editors will then undertake an initial analysis of the paper and recommend revisions if necessary. Authors whose draft papers have been approved will be invited to submit their formal submissions to ISJ by 31 May 2022 through the journal’s online submission system:

All papers will be subject to peer review. Authors are expected to engage with the existing body of island studies and/or ocean studies literature, as found not only in ISJ but also in other journals and publications. Papers must be both theoretically informed and methodologically appropriate for their purpose. In order to be accepted for publication, articles must place island processes or ‘islandness’ at the center of their analyses as it is not enough for an article to simply concern a place that happens to be an island. Final manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, must be written in excellent English, and must be prepared in accordance with the ISJ submission guidelines:
Shima - Theme issue call for papers:
Depopulation, Abandonment and Rewilding – Decline and Transition in Island and Coastal Locations
final submissions for external review will be required by November 2022.

This theme issue will explore the phenomenon of abandonment in general, in specific locations and in fictional and factual media representations of the issues involved. Case studies, auto-ethnographical explorations, historical precedents, critical engagements with Cal Flyn’s work ('Islands of Abandonment', 2021) and/or proposals for photo, audio or video essays are particularly welcome.

Proposals can be submitted from December 1 2021 onward, and final submissions for external review will be required by November 2022.
Send to the editor at:

Full details:
Ongoing calls:
  • Indigenous People and Sustainable Development in the Arctic
    (Submissions due December 31, 2021 - Full details)
  • Society and Ecology in Island & Coastal Archaeology Book Series
    (Read more about the series)

Island Studies Journal thematic sections:

Arts and Media 

Reilly Fitzgerald

Influenced by Canadian artists such as Lawren Harris, David Blackwood, and Ted Harrison, Reilly developed his often colourful, bold, expressionistic style while painting the picturesque scenery of his home province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Born in St. John’s in 1967, Reilly Fitzgerald was raised in Wabush, Labrador West, and then Spaniard’s Bay, NL. Reilly has a congenital defect known as an AV fistula malformation, which affects his use of his right hand and arm. Two things that have accompanied Reilly on his life journey are pain, and his art.

His childhood included eleven surgeries on his hand and arm by the time he turned fourteen. The right-hand dominant Fitzgerald became ambidextrous and left-dominant as he continued to develop his artistic skills. Reilly continues to live with various sources of chronic pain, and creates his art from his home in Clarenville, where he lives with his high-school sweetheart and wife, Julie, and family.

To see examples of Reilly's work, visit his social media sites, including Twitter, Instagram, and his Facebook fan page.
You can also see Reilly’s work at various locations in Clarenville, including Eagle Photo Studio and the EECC.

Join or our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program! You can now apply for September 2022! 

Application deadline (2022 Fall term): July 1, 2022.

Application deadline (2023 Winter term): November 1, 2022.

This program accepts students from all disciplinary backgrounds; all that we ask is that you have a passion for islands!

In addition to the long-running Thesis program, there are three course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations & Island Public Policy.
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