Artist Residences

Current Residencies
October 20, 2016

Awakenings: Earth-Based Spirituality & Art

Image: Stone Sculpture by Mark Barnett

Dates: July 17 - 27, 2016
Facilitator: Monica Bodirsky
Cost: 900 + HST for Private Room & Shared Studio
Deadline: January 16, 2017
To Apply:

Now in it's second 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 2017).

October 20, 2016

Collective Assembly

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Residency Photos by Sarah Fuller

Collective Assembly

Dates: August 1st - 15th, 2017
Facilitators: Sean Procyk & Alex Achtem
Deadline: February 15, 2017
Cost: $840 for shared accommodation or $1040 for private bedroom, plus HST.

** Funding opportunities may become available for this residency**

Collective Assembly is a two-week residency program that invites artists & curators to consider how the process of building might inform their practice. Through community-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 functional way-finding pavilion for the Gibraltar Point facility.

The residency team will work with Artscape staff and Toronto Island residents to design a unique structure that will support future programming at Gibraltar Point. Our collective aim is to develop a project that establishes a unique identity for the site, acting as a point of reference for Toronto Island visitors.

This program is open to anyone with an interest in building as a form of expression and inquiry, or simply as a learning objective. We encourage applications from artists and curators with no former building experience to apply. 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 and swimming.

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 settler communities, himself included, have on the particular sites 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
Please specify you are applying for Collective Assembly of Wood!

September 27, 2016

Winter Island: Artist-In-Residence Program 2017


The Winter Island Artist in Residence Series is back for 2017!

Winter Island is a unique artist-in-residence program bringing together emerging, established and
mid-career artists, working in a diverse range of practices to Artscape Gibraltar Point to create special programming and projects targeted toward our artist residency and island community members and the public at large. To book your stay during the Winter Island Residency of your choosing, please visit:

Below please find a list of the visiting artists and their corresponding dates when they will be offering programming.

Featured Artists:

Marjan Verstappen presented in conjunction with Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery
January 16 - 30, 2017

Marjan Verstappen is fascinated by with margins, boundaries and tangents. Creating a topology of the overlooked, her art practice is based in drawing, installation and performance. Whether she is drawing loving reproductions of families in their living rooms, making science fiction botanical illustrations only visible to insects, organizing a fashion show for seniors in a shopping mall, or collaborating with children to build peregrine falcon nests to overcome light pollution, she is emphasizing the beauty and complexity of overlooked places and experiences.

Recent exhibitions include Art of the Danforth, The Fung Wah Biennial at Flux Factory, NYC, and the Stantec window gallery, Toronto. In 2015, Verstappen was the recipient of the RBC Toronto Arts Foundation newcomer artists award and an Artstarts microgrant.

Verstappen grew up in rural New Zealand, she moved to Toronto in 2012 to pursue an MFA at OCAD University. She lives and works as an artist in Toronto where she is also the co-director of Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery



Blue Jays Dancing Together: Featuring Louis Esmé 
February 27 - March 13, 2017

Over the course of the Winter Island Residency, Louis Esmé will discuss and make new creative work in the studio and around the islands. During the residency they will hold space for discussions within two-spirit communities, communal dinners, and a public event facilitated by Bluejays members, for all to come and listen to performative and orative works about local Treaty responsibilities, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's, 94 Calls to Action.

Louis Esmé is Mi’kmaq-Acadian and Irish. They were born in Edmonton, though their family is from the Mazerolle Settlement, NB. Louis lives in Tkaronto. Their artistic practice centres collaborative work in Old Media – ceramics, illustration, writing, and beading. Common themes in their work are sexual and reproductive health, gender self-determination, and land/culture resurgence. As a co-founding member of Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak Bluejays , Louis is enthusiastic about two-spirit self representation and body sovereignty.


Christopher Willes presented in partnership with 811 Gallery
March 13 - 24, 2017

Christopher Willes is an artist based in Toronto and Montreal. Situated between music, performance, and visual art contexts his work encompasses a broad range of media and forms including performances, music, exhibitions, site interventions, and writing. He has presented recent works at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Open Ears Festival, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Summerworks, and The Rhubarb Festival among others. He studied music and dramaturgy in Toronto before receiving an MFA from Bard College (NY, USA). He is a 2016 Macdowell Colony Fellow, and a recipient of a Chalmers Art Fellowship.

While in residency at the AGP, Christopher Willes will be further completing works emerging from his experience of exhibiting at the 811 gallery in December of 2016. Focused on the spaces and situations created around sound, Chris will host a small concert for the residents and guests of the art centre followed by a conversation facilitated by a member of the 811 gallery.


James Gardener presentwed in partnership with 811 Gallery
March 27th - April 10th, 2017

James Gardner is living and working in Toronto. James was born on February 20th, 1983 in Kitchener Ontario and was raised in Brantford. James studied studio art and art history at the University of Guelph, graduating in 2008. Recently, James has been making paintings and sculptures, studying art, reading books, and working with the collective VSVSVS.

While in residency at the AGP James will hold a workshop and open studio event for the island residents reflecting on his work at the 811 Gallery. James will be further exploring ideas on trance states and art production and the use of the occult in art history and contemporary art. which have been developed throughout his exhibition at the 811 gallery which will be running prior, in Feb of 2017. This event will take place in the evening near the end of the residency and will be accompanied by members of the 811 gallery to facilitate discussion.

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September 23, 2016

SoftWEAR: Introduction to Wearable Computing & Art

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Dates: April 24 - 28th
Fees: $535.00 + HST
Accommodation: Private Bedroom & Shared Studio
Facilitator: Liz Lessner

Deadline for Applications: EXTENDED DEADLINE: DECEMBER 9TH

This five day 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. The residency culminates in the design, development, and prototyping of working pieces by participants.

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).

To Apply please visit

Please specify you are applying for SoftWEAR!

August 22, 2016

"Luminous Bodies" Residency 2017


Programmed Art Residency
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Canada
Facilitator, Teresa Ascencao
Program Dates: July 4 – 17, 2017
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017
Cost: $890 for shared accommodation or $1090 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.

AGP (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 4 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on July 17 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).

August 16, 2016

Feminist Art Conference Residency 2017

Feminist Art Conference Residency 2017
Dates: May 12 - 26, 2017
Facilitator: Ilene Sova
Cost: 1190 + HST / Private Accommodation, 910 + HST Shared Accommodation

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 2017.

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 January 26th and the final payment will be due on March 27th.
Arrivals are on May 12th, after 1pm and before 3pm, with departure on May 26th before 11am. Letters of support can be provided by FAC for granting purposes.

Submissions are accepted until November 1st deadline 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 16, 2016

Film for Artists: Site & Cycle 2017


Film for Artists – Site & Cycle 
Facilitators: Zoë Heyn-Jones & Eva Kolcze
Program Dates: 19 - 26 June 2017
Deadlines: March 1st, 2017: Deadline for scholarship applications, April 1st, 2017: Deadline for participant applications

Price: $750 + HST

This hands-on filmmaking workshop, appropriate for absolute beginners and small-gauge film enthusiasts alike, will focus on artisanal film techniques while engaging with the specific geography of the Toronto Islands.
Spend a week on beautiful Hanlan’s Point investigating the compelling materiality of celluloid film. We will explore various hand-processing techniques on Super 8mm and 16mm film, exploring the creative and aesthetic potential of film in conjunction with notions of site specificity and psychogeography.
We will embrace experimentation, chance, and accident in our process, thinking of the filmmaking process as a cycle not separate from the natural, ecological cycles that encompass our lives and practices. An alternative to traditional filmmaking instruction, we forego the rules in favour of integrating cycles of experimentation, growth, and decay.

The Film for Artists - Site + Cycle residency will host free public screenings, talks, and tours, in order to foster interest in the Toronto Islands as a creative site and source of inspiration, encouraging participants and public audiences to consider Toronto’s unique history, landscape and topography.


We will teach you:

- Basic camera theory and how to use the Super 8mm and Bolex 16mm cameras
- How to hand process black and white 16mm and Super 8mm film
- Decay techniques using bleach, soil, oil and salt
- Painting, drawing, and scratching on film
We will provide:

- A bedroom and shared studio spaces at Artscape Gibraltar Point
- Hands-on instruction supplemented by film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature
- Black and white film, darkroom chemistry, and supplies
- Super 8 and Bolex cameras, though supplies will be limited and you are encouraged to bring your own


Participants are encouraged to share their own films, or films that inspire them, in several informal screenings.

A scholarship position for a local artist living and working in one of the City of Toronto’s 31 priority neighbourhoods will be made available through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council. More information and application criteria are available at

Any questions can be sent to

Zoë Heyn-Jones is a Toronto-based researcher and artist who grew up on Saugeen Ojibway land in Ontario and on Tz’utujil Maya land in Guatemala.  Zoë’s lens-based research projects have been shown locally and internationally in galleries, cinemas, and alternative spaces. Zoë is a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at York University where she is researching the performance of transnational human rights solidarity activism and its connections to decolonial visuality. Zoë is concurrently pursuing a graduate diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University) where she holds the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights FellowshipZoë also holds a Graduate Fellowship at the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). She studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.
Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist and filmmaker whose work explores themes of landscape, architecture and the body through material investigations with the surface of celluloid.  Her work has screened locally and internationally at venues and festivals including The National Gallery of Canada, Anthology Film Archives, The International Rotterdam Film Festival, The Images Festival, Nuit Blanche and Antimatter Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Film from York University and a BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD University.
Generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council and LIFT (the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto)