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December 14, 2016

Stories My Body Told Me Residency Program


Stories My Body Told Me
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Canada
Facilitators: Snjezana Pruginic, Iberina Raquel Vilhena
Program Dates: September 25 - October 1, 2017
Submission Deadline: April 25, 2017
Cost: $685 for private bedroom, plus HST.
(package includes accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation,
programming, and an exhibition)

Through a partnership between The Social Good and Walnut Contemporary gallery, Artscape Gibraltar Point is pleased to announce the call for applications: Stories That My Body Told Me, a residency that aims to encourage artists to connect with their inner self and then transcribe their embodied memory of migration and immigration into an artistic body of work.

Open to Canadian and international applicants, Stories That My Body Told Me will take place on Artscape Gibraltar Point, from September 25 to October 1 2017.

Application Criteria:

This project is open to emerging and established artists. The successful candidates will spend a week on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point. The project will culminate in a group show at Walnut Contemporary gallery.

Arts mediums may range in medium, size or structure.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must:

  • Have showed in a minimum of two group shows or a group show and a solo show
  • Be responsible for acquiring the necessary visa if coming from a foreign country
  • Bring their own food
  • Bring your own materials for the residency

The successful candidates will be required to provide:

  • Project proposal (4000 characters maximum)
  • Short biography and artist statement (2000 characters maximum)
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)
  • 5 images (maximum) in JPEG format, with relevant caption information
  • updated website

Selection Process:

The successful candidates will be selected by a jury that includes Toronto-based curator and gallery director Iberina Raquel Vilhena and Snjezana Pruginic, founder of The Social Good.

 Description of Residency Program

This one week residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, on the beautiful Toronto Island, is a part of four month project whose aim is to create a visual representation of personal experiences of immigration and migration and the way these experiences get stored as untold stories and memories inside the body and mind. Half of the time spent at the residency will consist  of participatory facilitated self-reflection work via meditation, expressive movement and mindfulness exercises as a way of entering into a deeply self-reflective body-mind state and tapping into the unspoken and untold memories stored within the body. From this meditative and self-reflective process artists will be given the rest of the time to begin the process of creating a visual body of work expressing, capturing and representing these embodied memories. Upon the completion of the one week residency and working closely with a Toronto curator, the artists will have 3 months to finish their body of work for a group exhibition at Walnut Contemporary gallery in Toronto.

You will experience:

  • A deeper connection to yourself and your own stories, memories and body-mind connection
  • A meditative access point into your creative work and creation of your artistic piece
  • A safe and relaxing space to explore your stories and give them visual representation.
  • A first hand opportunity to work directly with a curator and get the needed help to take your practice to the next level.

We will provide:

  • One week residency on the beautiful Hanlan’s Point of Toronto island
  • Facilitated workshops in creating deeper body-mind connection while tapping into your personal memories and stories and using expressive arts to begin the process of shaping them into tangible bodies of creation.
  • Personal and individual support by Toronto curator during the residency and after for the next 3 months and the conclusion of the work.
  • Participation in a group show at Walnut Contemporary Gallery in Toronto
  • Participation in panel discussions and debates during the time of exhibition at the gallery


About the Facilitators:

Snjezana Pruginic

Snjezana Pruginic is a wellness practitioner, mindfulness worker and former dancer working with body-mind therapies and expressions as access points for healing, storytelling and collective community building. She has over 15 years of professional experience working with individuals experiencing embodied trauma as a result of violence, immigration and migration. As well her personal experience  of working through dance, meditation, creative writing and body-based therapies to give voice to her own stories of immigration to Canada due to economic instability and war is what first created the Stories That My Body Told Me Project in 2012 in written and contemporary dance forms. This current project and collaboration with curator Iberina Raquel Vilhena is part of Snjezana’s commitment to creating and holding spaces which encourage people to connect to and express their own stories through the visual power of art as part of our personal and collective healing and building of a better world.

Iberina Raquel Vilhena

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Iberina Raquel Vilhena studied and advanced her career in the visual arts until relocating to Toronto in August of 2013. In October of 2014 she accepted the invitation to become Director and Curator at Walnut Contemporary Gallery. Her mission while representing and managing the portfolios of established Canadian and international artists, is also to mentor and work directly with emerging and established artists in developing and executing new projects for exhibition.

Vilhena’s curatorial process evolves from her passion for words and visual communication, which takes her on a “storytelling” voyage. Her themes of choice are often environmental or humanitarian, and in her opinion art is best vehicle to showcase these subjects and bring awareness to the public. Vilhena’s curatorial techniques do not meet with any boundaries or restrictions to achieve unconventional and innovative ideas. Combining installation and mixing performance arts with different mediums in a single show are one of her strongest forms of expression.

With the project Stories That My Body Told Me, Vilhena felt immediately engaged with the concept has a passionate newcomer to Canada.

Duration of Residency

One week

Duration of Project

4 months and later a group show at the gallery

Studio / Workspace

Shared, furnished large studio space provided. Artist is responsible for bringing own materials during residency. Following the residency the artist will continue working in their own studio/ workspace.

Expectations from the Participating Artist

Artists will be expected to participate in all facilitated workshop during the residency and beginning the process of creation of their body of work during studio time. After the residency artists will be expected to complete their body of work in the upcoming 3 months and have it shipped or delivered to Walnut Contemporary Gallery in time for the group show as outlined by the gallery.

With this project we hope to get a group of artists that will explore the concept with the most diverse mediums including painting; sculpture; photography; video; installation and performing arts.

Studio / Workspace

Shared, furnished large studio space provided. Artist is responsible for bringing own materials during residency. Following the residency the artist will continue working in their own studio/ workspace.


Arrivals are on September 25th from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on October 1 before 11am.
To apply, fill out the online form: (*include your website or link to your work, and indicate you are applying to Stories My Body Told Me).

December 09, 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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December 08, 2016

Film for Artists: Site & Cycle 2017

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Film for Artists – Site & Cycle 
Facilitators: Zoë Heyn-Jones, Eva Kolcze, and Terra Jean Long
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 are excited to announce that 2017’s iteration of Site + Cycle will explore the Toronto Islands through the lens of plant life, animated by the work of several local artists who use plants in their practices in innovative and dynamic ways. Organic film processing - using plants and household materials to develop film - will be explored alongside the traditional chemistry that we use in hand-processing as we seek sustainable and responsible ways to grow our filmmaking practices.

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 walking tours, talks, 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.


This year we are pleased to offer 2 scholarships:

  1. Toronto Priority Neighbourhood

With generous funding from the Toronto Arts Council would like to invite one artist living and working in one of the City of Toronto's Priority Neighbourhoods to join us free of charge for the Site + Cycle residency, 19 - 26 June 2017. To find out which neighbourhoods qualify check out the City of Toronto's website

  1. Indigenous

With generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council and in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, we are happy to announce our inaugural scholarship position for an emerging Indigenous artist. We will invite one emerging Indigenous artist to join us free of charge for the Site + Cycle residency, 19 - 26 June 2017.

APPLY ONLINE 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, filmmaker and educator who creates films and installations based around themes of landscape, architecture and the body. Her work has screened at venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Canada, Anthology Film Archives, the Gardiner Museum, Cinémathèque québécoise, Birch Contemporary, International Rotterdam Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival and the Images Festival. She’s also instructed youth and adult filmmaking workshops at the Toronto International Film Festival, York University, Harbourfront Centre, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Artscape Gibraltar Point. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from OCAD University and a Master of Fine Art from York University.

Terra Jean Long is an independent filmmaker, editor, and educator. She creates tapestry like works using analogue and digital technologies that draw on natural history, deep time, and the space between the real and the imaginary. Her works have screened at festivals and micro cinemas all over the world including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, CPH:DOX, in the Wavelengths section at Toronto International Film Festival, and the Images Festival in her hometown, Toronto.

Generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and LIFT (the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto)


December 08, 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: MARCH  16, 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
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