Simon Pope’s “Discussion Island” Series

model disassembled

This February we have the privilege of welcoming not one,  but TWO, Winter Island Artists-In-Residence!

Island resident and UK transplant, Simon Pope, will join the Winter Island team at Artscape Gibraltar Point to kick off his Discussion Island series of events, artist talks and happenings, a full schedule of which you can find below.

About Discussion Island

Discussion Island is a series of performative gestures, constructions and video documentation created in partnership and with the participation of island residents focusing on the human and environmental impact of the Toronto Island floods of 2017.

About the Artist

Simon Pope’s work first gained international recognition in the mid-1990s as part of the seminal group I/O/D and whose work was most recently presented by the New Museum in New York and was the recipient of a 2000 Webby Award. In the intervening years he has curated Art for Networks, an online project for the BBC and touring exhibition funded by Arts Council England and the Henry Moore Foundation that brought together contemporary artists with their counterparts. He is a Fellow of the National Endowment for Science and the Arts in the UK and represented Wales at their inaugural exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2003.

Pope received his doctorate in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, he has since served as a  Reader in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art, and supervises MFA and PhD students for Transart Institute in Berlin & New York. Relocating to Toronto in 2016, he has taught courses at OCAD University and the University of Toronto.

His recent work reflects his preoccupation with human, social relationships in a more-than-human world. It grapples with participatory art’s engagement with new materialist thinking, and takes the form of conversational events, film-making, and written correspondence. Pope is currently a post-doctoral artist-researcher in Environmental Posthumanities at Goldsmiths University of London.


February 8, 2018: Artist’s Talk

A brief introduction to Simon Pope’s previous work, and introducing his latest project, Discussion Island.

Ward’s Island Little Clubhouse, Ward’s Island

7PM -8PM

February 27, 2018: Artist’s Talk at Artscape Gibraltar Point

Simon Pope will show examples of his work, ranging from pioneering project The Web Stalker (1997)and ‘walking art’ projects such as The Memorial Walks (2007), to his latest project Discussion Island (2017-18) undertaken on the Toronto Islands in collaboration with the Critical Ecologies research group at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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7:00PM – 8:30PM

Limited Transportation from Ward’s Island Dock to AGP off the 6:00PM Ferry

March 1, 2018 –  The Gift –  Performance at Gibraltar Point Beach

Take part in relaying a passage from anthropologist Marcel Mauss’ well-known book The Gift to the waves at Gibraltar Point beach.

Please make sure to wear suitable outdoor clothing.

This event will be recorded and documentation made available to a wider public.

2:00PM-3:00PM. Beginning in the Fireplace Room at Artscape Gibraltar Point

Limited Transportation from Ward’s Island Dock to AGP off the 12:30 Ferry

Hot Refreshment Served

March 6, 2018 – Walk with Sarah Miller & Simon Pope

A walking tour of Ward’s and Algonquin Islands with environmental researcher and island resident Sarah Miller, in conversation with artist Simon Pope, focusing on the social and ecological aspects of last year’s high-water events.

Meet at Ward’s Island Circle, off the 1:30 Ferry

Please make sure to wear suitable outdoor clothing

Limited to 15 persons – Sign up by emailing: alochhead[at]artscape[dot]ca

2:00PM -3:00PM

March 8, 2018 – Discussion Island Exhibition  

An exhibition of scale-models of Simon Pope’s Discussion Island platform made by Toronto Island residents, as well as photos, diagrams and other artefacts, loaned by islanders, relating to island house- and tent-base construction.

7:00PM – 9:00PM


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1mm-1inch model 1 The Gift (production still)