|Heritage Home for the
The Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council (KTMAC) provides
opportunities for Killarney citizens of all ages to enjoy and
participate in the arts and cultural activities of our community.
Through the Heritage Home for the Arts, Killarney’s community arts and
culture centre, the Council is able to provide stimulating,
thought-provoking and appealing exhibitions that showcase local and
regional artists and that attract people from all over the
province. The only such space in Killarney, the Heritage
Home is a public amenity, a hub of activity and a gathering place for
The Heritage Home offers classes and workshops on a variety of
different types of artistic expression as well as space for artists to
come together to share their work and learn new techniques. The
Heritage Home is a resource for anyone in the community wanting to
learn more about the arts or wanting to try their hand at a new type of
Funding for the ongoing work of the KTMAC is entirely through
donations. The restoration of the Heritage Home, a capital
project, was funded by municipal and provincial governments, corporate
and small business donations, foundations and the generous support of
our community donors. The operation and funding for the Heritage
Home is now the main focus of the Arts Council.
Hours and Admission
The Centre is currently open regularly 4 days per week for our monthly
exhibitions – from Tuesday to Friday, 12 noon to 4:00 pm.
Workshops and classes are also held evenings and weekends and are
geared towards all age groups. In the future, it is hoped that
funding will become available that would allow the Centre to be open
more often, particularly evenings and weekends.
All of the activities are open to the public and wherever possible are
provided at a nominal fee that is accessible for everyone.
Exhibitions are free but donations are always welcome.
Description of Historic Place:
This wood-frame Demonstration Farm House, which is 100+ years old, was
built in 1915 as a single-family dwelling. It is surrounded by mature
trees in the center of Killarney's tourist area.
The Demonstration Farm House at Killarney, now the Heritage Home for
the Arts, is a rare and surviving link to an early phase in the
Manitoba government's efforts in agricultural research and education.
The structure housed the manager of an Agricultural Demonstration
Facility established when George Lawrence, a Killarney pioneer, was
Manitoba's Minister of Agriculture. The purpose was to identify and
promote farming practices and crop varieties suited to this particular
region of the province. The large dwelling, with its prominent dormers
and wide shady veranda, is a fine example of the typical four-square
farmhouses built across southern Manitoba in the early 1900s. Although
subject to various uses since the demonstration farm was closed in
1946, including as a Royal Canadian Mountain Police barracks, a private
school, and a museum, the house retains much of its exterior integrity
and interior layout and character.