Sculpture, Ironwork and Photographs

Located on the beautiful Cabot Trail, Iron Art & Photographs was founded by artist couple Carol and Gordon Kennedy in the early 90’s as place to create and showcase their artwork. The building contains a sculpture studio complete with working forge and a gallery space. Unique and charming, the workshop offers affordable, one-of-a-kind sculpture and visual art, original ironwork for home and garden, sensitive photographs and gift cards.

Gordon Kennedy has been featured in a short film titled “Rust”. It is one of six films exploring the lives and creations of artists from Nova Scotia.

Watch ‘Rust’ A portrait of master iron artist Gordon Kennedy

Rust Gordon Kennedy


Carol Kennedy | 1945-2012

A native of Ottawa, Carol began her career as a photographic artist in the mid-Seventies following a degree in photography from the Institute of Design in Chicago where she studied with Peter Gold. She won the Toronto Art Directors Club Merit Award and the National Magazine Award for Photography for her early work as a fashion photographer in Toronto before moving to Cape Breton with her husband, sculptor Gordon Kennedy. Her work now hangs in collections across Canada, the US and Europe.

Working in black-and-white and with hand-coloured photographs, Carol became well known for her moody landscapes as well as her unique portraits. In 1989, she segued this latter talent into a successful career photographing many of Nova Scotia’s finest talent, including: the Rankin Family, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Natalie MacMaster and Rawlins Cross, to name a few. She then expanded upon this work in the music industry by becoming involved in the design and layout of CD artwork. Nominated for a Juno Award for CD Photography in 1997, Carol went on to win an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) for best graphic design in 1998, and the ECMA for Best Photographer in 2001.

Carol’s artistry further evolved with her embrace of the digital age in the early 90s. Digital photography, she said, allowed her to pursue an entirely new creative path and she honed in and made her photos speak in a surrealistic world of her own creation. Her retrospective exhibit Twenty Eight Years with a Camera at the University of Cape Breton (UCB) Art Gallery in October, 1998, drew both critical acclaim and a record number of visitors to the gallery.

Her work was featured in the 1999 winter issue of the Pottersfield Portfolio and she was the magazine’s photography editor for a number of years. Her art has been critiqued in both Arts Atlantic and Visual Arts Nova Scotia and is published in three collections of photographs.

Carol Kennedy’s work is included in the art galleries of both Nova Scotia and Ontario; the C.B.U. Art Gallery; the Canada Council Art Bank and the Nova Scotia Art Bank; the National Film Board of Canada; the Jane Corkin Gallery and a large number of private collections.

Madame Mounton

Iron Art & Photography is also the home of Madame Mounton where fibre artist Dominique De Rouin’s work is exhibited.

Hours of Operation

Iron Art & Photography is open most days seasonally from May–mid October (9:00 am–6:00 pm); or by appointment.