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January 11, 2018

Once Upon Water: Toronto Island 2018

Water Residency

ONCE UPON WATER: Toronto Island 2018
Programmed Art Residency
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Canada
Facilitator, Teresa Ascencao
Program Dates: Sep 17 – Oct 1, 2018
Submission Deadline: April 20, 2018
Cost: $1020 for shared accommodation or $1230 for private bedroom, plus HST.
(package includes sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, programming, and a closing exhibition)

Once Upon Water is a two-week art residency to create artworks about the material and magical notions of water. Water is in constant flow and yet may present itself as still ~ a mirror that mesmerizes. In this state its reflective surface invites gazing at our physical selves, but also beyond our bodies to contemplate both our inner experiences and relationships with the outer world. Water gushes from deep below earth’s crevices, falls from elevations and hovers in misty formations. It traverses time, shape-shifts as it slides through various spaces, and is one of earth’s greatest Sculptors. At once, water pours out of taps in developed countries as a banal occurrence, while women in developing countries trek miles to fetch it clean. Alarmingly, earth is under threat of losing all its sea ice this century, while future wars are predicted to be fought over water rather than oil. Yet, the world’s greatest religions say water holds the power to purify and renew.

The residency will take place at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto island, Canada. Due to record rains in 2017, forty percent of Toronto Island flooded and the islands were closed to the public. The waters have since receded and island life is once again thriving, but physical traces and stories of the flood remain.

Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore tangible and intangible concepts of water through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc. Artists will have opportunities to socialize and integrate with people who live on, and visit, Toronto island. This programmed residency offers facilitation by multimedia artist Teresa Ascencao, a  “water workshop” in movement arts, resident artist talks, a special guest artist talk, gallery tours in the city centre, creative and critical dialogue by the shoreline, and plenty of studio time. Critiques of residents’ works occur on a regular basis, individually with the Facilitator and through facilitated group discussions. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency (if preferred, artists may show in open studio fashion).

Artscape Gibraltar Point is an artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island, and metres from the beach. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on making art, and a rich potential for the creation of water-themed artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional) and natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens. On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique carnival grounds. Cozy up in a furnished studio and bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet. Enjoy beach sunrises and sunsets at the foot of your studio. AGP is a barrier free and inclusive environment. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away.

Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist with special interest in body language, socially inscribed objects, spaces and costumes, and inner and outer corporeal experiences. She collaborated on Water Portals, an interactive work of digitally rendered water ripples triggered by dancers bodies. As an environmentalist, her most recent work has been to protect Toronto’s waterfront through the organization she founded, Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront. Ascencao graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program, and received her MFA from OCAD University specializing in Media Art. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU.

We welcome people in all walks of life into a creative journey of critical thinking and self-discovery in relation to water on Toronto Island. Indigenous, people with disabilities, people of colour and diverse gender identifications are encouraged to apply. Not all residency locations are wheel chair accessible. Please inquire about accessibility. Arrivals are on September 17 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on October 1st before 11am. For more information contact Andrew Lochhead at alochhead@artscape.ca or Teresa Ascencao at info@OnceUponWater.com. To apply, fill out the online form: artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/book-a-residency (*include your website or link to your work, and indicate you are applying to Once Upon Water).

 

January 11, 2018

Indie Musician's Bootcamp

Water Residency (1)

The Indie Musician's Bootcamp
Programmed Art Residency
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Canada
Facilitator, Benjamin Hackman & Guests
Program Dates: June 11 – 25, 2018
Submission Deadline: March 12, 2018
Cost:  $1280 for private bedroom, plus HST.

A residency intended to demystify the music industry, and afford musical artists the time and space to compose and explore new original works

This two-week themed residency is intended to empower independent musical artists to better navigate the music industry, and to offer an opportunity to create new musical works in a remote, tranquil island environment amongst other members of the broader musical community.

The residency is appropriate for both groups and individuals, with no limitations on musical genre or tradition.  Ample opportunity will be afforded to develop and work through music throughout the days, collaborate, and share and receive feedback from other residents and facilitators.

The residency will be supplemented by workshops intended to orient residents to various aspects of the music industry, including, but not limited to:

  • Approaches and strategies for releasing independent music
  • Building an online presence, and utilizing public relations and publicity
  • Innovative marketing strategies on a budget
  • Grant writing and other fundraising strategies
  • Tour booking and show promotion

AGP (Artscape Gibraltar Point) is an artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island’s exquisite fresh water beaches. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on the creative process. Cozy up in your furnished studio and bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away. AGP is wheelchair accessible and welcoming of diversity.

The cost of residency includes sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, programming, and a modest backline of musical instruments and sound equipment.

Arrivals are on June 11 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on June ??? before 11am. For more information contact Benjamin Hackman at hackman.benjamin@gmail.com.

FACILITATOR: Benjamin Hackman is a poet, composer and percussionist based on Toronto Island. He is the band leader and principle composer for The Holy Gasp, a multi-genre, multi-sized ensemble, and has been touring broadly and releasing music independently since 2011. He has published extensively in poetry journals around North America. In addition to his artistic pursuits, he is a professional grant writer and creative consultant who has raised over $200,000 for artists in every discipline.

Duration of Residency
Two Weeks

 Disciplines, Work Equipment and Assistance
The residency is open to musical artists working in all genres and musical traditions. Residents should bring their own personal musical instruments and breakables.
The following backline is included with the cost of the residency:

  • Drum kit
  • Acoustic piano
  • Digital piano
  • Guitar and bass amplifiers
  • PA
  • Microphones and stands
  • Various auxiliary percussion instruments

We are happy to assist you in sourcing rentals in Toronto for specialized equipment at your own cost.

Accommodation
Private

Studio/ Workspace
Shared, furnished, large studio space provided. Private studio time can be scheduled daily.

Additionally, AGP is home to the renowned Gas Station Recording Studio. Artists may elect to book recording time during their stay. Please note that Gas Station Recording Studio is a private business and a separate entity from AGP. If recording interests you, you are encouraged book well in advance and negotiate your own recording and/or production quote with Gas Station itself.

Fees and Support
$1280 + HST for private bedroom (Payment in CDN Funds only). Regrettably financial aid is not available for this program. However, you are encouraged to pursue funding opportunities through your federal, provincial, municipal and departmental granting bodies. Letters of confirmation and/or support can be provided to successful residents upon request.

Expectations towards the musical artist
Musical artists are expected to participate in and engage with workshops, offer feedback and meaningful critique to fellow artists, and create new musical works.

Application Information
To apply, fill out the online form: http://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/book-a-residency// (*Please include your website or link to your work, and indicate that you are applying to The Indie Musician’s Bootcamp. Please also be sure to list any and all instruments or equipment you will be bringing and/or renting. We are happy to help you source rentals should you require assistance).

August 08, 2017

Collective Assembly

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Residency Photo by Sarah Fuller

Collective Assembly

Dates: April 16-30, 2018
Facilitators: Sean Procyk & Alex Achtem
Deadline: LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE - DEADLINE January 29th, 2018
Cost: $970 for shared accommodation or $1180 for private bedroom, plus HST.

Collective assembly is a two-week residency program that invites artists & curators to participate in a communal build project at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Through group-oriented workshops participants will be introduced to basic woodworking skills and timber frame construction methods. The outcome of this residency is to collaboratively build a temporary pavilion for the Gibraltar Point grounds.

This program is open to anyone with in interest in building as a form of expression and inquiry, or simply as a learning objective. We also invite individuals who explore social engagement as an art form. Our residency activities will be experimental, intuitive and collaborative. This project will give participants the time and space to explore practices of making, while living within a communal environment. In addition to programmed residency activities, there will be plenty of time for cooking, gardening, swimming and independent art making.

Facilitator Bios:

Sean Procyk is an artist and playground designer who builds site-specific sculptures, installations and architectural spaces. His projects respond to their regional context, with a particular focus on the economies that exist between landscape, community and ecology. Through the development of site-responsive works he aims to open up conversation about the complexities and precarity that communities have on the particular ecosystems we inhabit.

Sean's physical works integrate moving image, light and sound to further engage with the senses and challenge our intrinsically spatial way of thinking about objects and space. His approach to making draws upon the practices of bricolage, DIY learning and ad hoc building. He has shown work at Stride Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, Elemental Festival, Kagawong; Convergence Conference on Art and Technology, Banff; Factory Media Centre, Hamilton; Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland and Nuit Blanche, Toronto. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and a Master’s of Fine Arts from OCAD University.

 

Alex Achtem is an artist looking for new ways of experiencing and documenting the natural environment and landscape. A process that includes collecting information and raw material as an amateur anthropologist, scientist, mountaineer, herbalist or craftsperson. Deconstructing, categorising and minimizing this information are ongoing tasks in seeking a greater truth, humour and humanity.

She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University. Her work has been shown in Canada and the Netherlands where she also attended Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Outside of the gallery, her work has been seen on Vancouver’s Metro Transit System and as part of Wreck City in Calgary, AB. She has attended residencies at the Banff Centre entitled Studio Time: Work of the Living Watch with lead faculty Geoffrey Farmer and Common Oppulence in Demmit, AB, under the guidance of Peter Von Tiesenhausen. She lives in Vancouver, BC where she works as a preparator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

To Apply please visit http://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/book-a-residency/
Please specify you are applying for Collective Assembly!

December 08, 2016

"Luminous Bodies" Residency 2018

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LUMINOUS BODIES
Programmed Art Residency
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Canada
Facilitator, Teresa Ascencao
Program Dates: July 3 - 16, 2018
Submission Deadline: February 2, 2018
Cost: $1020 for shared accommodation or $1230 for private bedroom, plus HST.
(package includes accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation,
programming, and an exhibition)

Luminous Bodies is a two-week residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. Its objective is to challenge “normativity” and Otherness. Its goal is to reinvent and re-present the body in most inclusive and diverse ways.

Resident artist talks, gallery tours, visual and textual references, guest artist talks, and regular critiques (individual with Facilitator and group critiques) help uncover how our bodies are culturally and aesthetically constructed, displayed and controlled.

Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that reinvent the body through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance, installation, sound art, media art, etc. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency (if preferred, artists may show in open studio fashion).

The essence of Luminous Bodies is about bringing to light heterogeneous bodies. It welcomes people in all walks of life into a creative journey of critical innovation and self-discovery. People with disabilities, people of colour and diverse gender identifications are encouraged to apply.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is an artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on art creation, and a rich potential for the creation of corporeal artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional) and natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables.

On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique
carnival grounds.

Cozy up in a furnished studio and bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet. AGP is a barrier free and inclusive environment. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away.

Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work toys with social forces that shape gender, seduction, consumption, and class. She was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Ascencao holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program. She holds an MFA specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism from OCAD University. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU.
Luminous Bodies prices include sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, programming and exhibition.

Arrivals are on July 3  from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on July 16 before 11am. For more information visit LuminousBodies.com or contact Teresa Ascencao at info@LuminousBodies.com. To apply, fill out the online form: http://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/book-a-residency// (*include your website or link to your work, and indicate you are applying to Luminous Bodies).

December 08, 2016

Awakening: Earth-Based Spirituality & Art

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Awakening: Earth-based Spirituality & Art
Facilitator: Monica Bodirsky
Dates: July 16-27, 2018
Submission Deadline: February 16, 2018
Cost: 1000 + HST for Private Room & Shared Studio, $850 + HST for a Shared Room and Shared Studio

Now in its third year, Awakenings is a ten day thematic residency that provides a sacred and inspirational space to explore creativity and intuition within the framework of earth-based spirituality. The objective is to engage holistic practices that connect mind, body and spirit with the self and environment. The goal is to incorporate metaphysical practices within the arts and examine how this knowledge has been viewed historically as well as how current views can be integrated, disrupted or altered.

Providing a sacred & inspiring space to explore creativity within an earth-based spiritual practice.

Topics such as, herbalism, mindfulness, shamanism, divination, and ritual, will be viewed from a variety of perspectives including; pop culture, psychology, alchemy, theology, history, and, post-colonial discourse. Along with programmed time, residents also have free time to work individually or collaboratively in a studio. Methods of art making can be visual, time-based, photography, craft, writing, music, dance or performance art. Supportive discussions of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis.

Facilitator

Monica Bodirsky is an artist, writer, creativity coach and faculty at OCAD University in Toronto.
URL: http://www.monicabodirsky.com

To apply, fill out the online form: http://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/book-a-residency//

*include your website or link to your work, and indicate you are applying to Awakenings 2018*.