Artist Residencies

Current Residencies
September 23, 2017

SoftWEAR: Introduction to Wearable Computing & Art

SoftWEAR 2018 final

Dates: April 2-16, 2018
Fees: $1040.00 + HST
Accommodation: Private Bedroom & Shared Studio
Facilitator: Liz Lessner

Deadline for Applications: December 1, 2017

This two-week residency is an introduction to wearable and ‘soft’ computing as a vehicle for artistic engagement with the fields of art, design, technology, and time-based media.

The focus of this residency is to introduce artists and creative thinkers to technological skills that will allow them to incorporate responsiveness, computation, and electromagnetic materials into their work.

We will learn how to sense presence and have objects respond, use the non-linear power of computer controlled algorithms to enhance user interaction, and incorporate responsive elements like light and sound into objects and installations.

The residency begins with introductions and demos to conductive textiles, circuit building, soft circuitry techniques, and coding in the arduino IDE and culminates in the development and exposition of personal projects. We will explore topics of privacy, surveillance, mediated reality, user interaction, feedback and phenomenological experience. Discussions and presentations will focus on the relationships between the body, technology, fashion, social interactions, and the environment.

Guest Instructors from InterAccess Gallery will also be on hand for special seminar days and studio visits.

The residency culminates in the design, development, and prototyping of working pieces by participants and a panel discussion on the future and implications of wearable technology hosted by and at InterAccess Gallery in Toronto.

Material requirements for the residency include a micro-controller like Flora or Lilypad conductive thread, LEDs, photo-resistors, and other desired electronic components.

You may bring your own supplies or pre-order kits from the facilitator at a cost of $45 CDN

Kits include:
A flora microcontroller, A micro b usb cable, JST plug (for your battery), LEDs, RGB LED,
Photo-resistor, Conductive Thread, Assorted Needles, Conductive Snaps.

About the Facilitator

Liz Lessner is a NY based sculptor and installation artist who uses technology to craft responsive and interactive objects and installations.  Lessner has had solo shows at Big Orbit, a Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts Gallery Project Space, and The University at Buffalo Visual Studies Gallery. She has exhibited her sculptures and installations nationally and internationally including the Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology in Michoacán, Mexico, Brooklyn Artist Gym, and the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery. Exhibition highlights include the two-person show “Common China” at 3rd Ward, Brooklyn as well as the group shows “The Man I Wish I Was” at  A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and “Amid/In WNY” at Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY . She has an MFA in Media Study and Emerging Practices from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and has taught workshops and classes in a wide range of educational settings. Lessner has taught at the  University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study(Buffalo, NY), the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (Chicago, IL), the Willammette Valley Folk Festival (Eugene, OR), Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen, MI), and Girls Preparatory Charter School (New York, NY) and  Renaissance Charter School for the Arts (Queens, NY).

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September 05, 2017

Feminist Art Conference Residency 2018

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Feminist Art Conference Residency 2018
Dates: May 7 - 21, 2018
Facilitator: Ilene Sova
Cost: 1330 + HST / Private Accommodation, 1120 + HST Shared Accommodation
Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

The FAC residency will gather artists together who focus on social justice issues such as rape culture, trans-phobia, racism, violence, media representation, cultural appropriation, environmental degradation and impact on Indigenous lands, violence against women, and Islamophobic policies. We aim to create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional.

The residency will include individual studio time accented with group discussions, communal dinners, film, guest speakers, group and individual critiques and trips into Toronto for gallery tours and relevant events. The resulting residency work will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the two weeks and pending curatorial acceptance the artwork will be included in a spotlight exhibition at FAC 2018.

FACILITATOR Ilene Sova is an artist, educator with black mixed race, indigenous and settler ancestry who lives with a disability. As such, she passionately identifies with the tenants of intersectional feminisms and has dedicated her life to “art-tivism”. Founder of FAC, Ilene Sova is a conceptual portrait painter who creates paintings which reference anti-oppression feminist themes. She has an MFA in painting from the University of Windsor and her paintings have been shown in Canada, U.S. and abroad. She has been featured in a variety of television, web and print media including, The Current, Canada AM, Toronto Star, CBC Radio and the Toronto Standard. She was also chosen to speak at Toronto’s first TEDx Women. Most notably, Sova was invited by two federal MPs to bring her work to Ottawa, Canada for the National Women’s Forum on feminism and last year she was invited to give an all university lecture at Southern University New York on Art and Social Change. Sova also teaches painting and drawing the Faculty of Art at OCADU.

SUBMISSION DETAILS The FAC art residency is inviting multidisciplinary artists ( such as; literature, dance, video art, visual arts, theatre, design, makers, music, comic arts ) We strongly encourage artists with who experience multiple forms of oppression to apply; Artists with Disabilities, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Two Spirit Folks, Queer, Trans and Non-Binary / Gender-Nonconforming people to apply.

The cost for the 14 days including taxes is 1190 + HST for private accommodation or 910 + HST for shared. The fee includes your sleeping quarters, a large shared studio space, programmed facilitation with guest speakers and critiques as well as a final exhibition with a reception. If chosen a 50% deposit will be due on December 15, 2017 and the final payment will be due on April 5, 2018.
Arrivals are on May 7, after 1pm and before 3pm, with departure on May 21 before 11am. Letters of support can be provided by FAC for granting purposes.

Submissions are accepted until November 7, 2017 and should include:

1) 250-500 bio and bio photo for the FAC website if you get chosen. In your bio include a statement on how you politically self-identify.
2) Website link (if available) or 5 JPEGS / Video links / or PDF of current written work.
3) Letter of intent (250-500 words) for your work plans at the residency.
4) On your letter of intent indicate if you are applying for a private or shared space
5) If you have an accessibility items to share please indicate this in your letter of intent.
Email Submissions to:

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: December 1, 2017
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
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December 08, 2016

"Luminous Bodies" Residency 2018

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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 or contact Teresa Ascencao at To apply, fill out the online form: (*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.


Monica Bodirsky is an artist, writer, creativity coach and faculty at OCAD University in Toronto.

To apply, fill out the online form:

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