Ice Hut Art

3 painted ice huts spread across a park covered in snow.

About The Project

This one-of-a-kind, community inspired public art project will see 8-10 ice fishing huts transformed by local artists into attractive, engaging and thought-provoking art displays. By strategically locating the displays on and near frozen Lake Simcoe, in public parks, and civic spaces, this project will be accessible to the community while directly supporting the Town’s Culture Master Plan.

By investing in the health and vibrancy of the community, this project will address issues of social isolation, belonging, mental health, and well-being in a post-pandemic environment.

The Ice Hut Public Art Project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative.

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Selected Artists

A panel of local jurors, representing Innisfil Arts, Culture and Heritage Council, UpLift Black and Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, selected participating artists.

Our Partners

Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC): A regional social planning organization dedicated to promoting a wholistic approach to address common concerns of all member communities, and instilling the importance of the Anishnabe language, wisdom and knowledge in all our endeavors.

Gail’s Hot Box Ice Huts: Ice fishing hut rental service based on the west side of Cooks Bay, Lake Simcoe, a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. They have everything you could need for a great day on the water. Great for beginners or the experienced angler.

The Innisfil Arts, Culture and Heritage Council (IACHC): Dedicated to enhancing arts, culture and heritage to benefit the community by helping individuals, groups and organizations realize their full creative, social and economic potential as an integral part of Innisfil.

UPlift Black: Is a social service agency working to UPlift the complete wellbeing of Black people who live in Simcoe Muskoka. Their work is culturally based and anchored in 2SLGBTQPNIA+ inclusivity striving to achieve the ultimate goal of racial equity through a conscious community.

Call to Artists Process

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is seeking Artists and Multi-artist Teams to submit proposals for a winter Public Art work(s) to be sited in Innisfil.

Artists will be selected by a citizen Jury based upon the submission of a concept and design proposal.

Meet the Artists