Art Islands: Remote Destinations for Experiencing the Arts

Remote, intimate, and almost entirely focused on the arts, these diverse island communities in locales from Newfoundland to Abu Dhabi are some of our favorite destinations for spending quality time with artworks.

Courtesy of Edgar Leciejewski
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Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Dangling off Newfoundland’s iceberg-besieged northeast coast, Fogo Island has grown from a relaxed folk musician destination to a remote satellite of contemporary art and architecture. Some attribute the change to the addition of the stark, 29-room Fogo Island Inn (rooms from $875; Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland; 709-658-3444) in 2013, financed by the Shorefast Foundation, which put the locale on the map as a destination for artists, architects, designers, and others in search of a remote and offbeat retreat. Fogo has a unique and immersive artist-in-residence program run by Fogo Island Arts, but also a litany of local galleries and classes for visitors. New exhibits from in-residence artists emphasize the region and include the new documentary film Strange and Familiar about the challenges of constructing Fogo, and an exhibit by German collage artist Edgar Leciejewski (pictured here). The Fogo Island Shop is a new concept that sells elegant wooden furniture made by visiting in-residence designers inspired by the region’s boatbuilding heritage. For travelers interested in creating art of their own, visiting artists Lili Huston-Herterich and Stephanie Nadeau will teach an ongoing series of workshops exploring lesser-known art techniques—including cyanotypes, a photographic process using the sun and non-toxic chemicals, textured rubbings, and acoustics.