Winter Island: 2019 Call for Proposals



Artscape Gibraltar Point is proud to announce the official Call for Proposals for the 2019 Winter Island Artist Residency.  See the details below to find out how to apply for this unique, juried, and project-based residency award aimed at artists working in community-engaged and/or community-collaborative practice.

Last year’s Winter Island Residency brought together members of our residency and island community as well as participants from mainland Toronto and beyond , to collaborate with artists working in painting, sound, textiles, performance and intervention, and video/choreography to create a truly memorable experience through the long winter months.

From Left to Right: Jeff Nachtigall, Bike Island, Stacey Ho, Sound Walk, Sarah Miller as Part of Simon Pope’s Discussion Island event series, Shannon Gerard, Crochet Workshop, Sammy Rawal, Artist Talk, Winter Island Exhibition – All photos courtesy of Andrew Lochhead
About Winter Islands 2018
Artscape Gibraltar Point is seeking project proposals from artists working in all media for the Winter Islands Artist-In-Residence program for 2019.  Now in its fourth year, Winter Island is a unique, juried, artist-in-residence program aimed at emerging, established and, mid career artists, working in community engaged practice and hosted at Artscape Gibraltar Point, an artist residency located on the picturesque Toronto Islands.

The aim of the Winter Islands program is to recognize three – five artists annually who have demonstrated a strong and unique artistic voice while working in Canada’s visual arts community and provide them with a month of distraction-free studio time to create and/or develop a new and exciting community-engaged work, or body of work, that seeks to collaborate with and/or activate the artist community at Artscape Gibraltar Point and the Toronto Islands.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to present these works/projects to the public as a part of a Winter Islands Group Exhibition to take place at the conclusion of the residency series at Artscape Youngplace in late May/Early June 2019.


How to Apply
Applications must be made electronically via Submittable link. Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure to upload the requested support materials. You will also find additional submission criteria, key dates and other important information.

Should you require assistance with the application process, do not hesitate to contact Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artist Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the Winter Island Art-In-Residence program, artists should meet in full or in large part, the following criteria:

– a demonstrable professional artistic practice
– a proposal which emphasizes community engagement and/or collaboration with an identified community either on  or off island
– adhere to best practices with respect to community engagement
– an demonstrable exhibition record including at least one solo exhibition and/or significant exhibition record at a combination of the local, regional and/or national level
– be able to provide a one paragraph artist biography and description of their proposed project
– be able to provide, on acceptance, two high quality images of their work and a headshot for promotional purposes
– have had their work as a subject of at least one professional, critical review in a recognized journal or publication
– the feasibility and artistic merit of their proposal
– be a Canadian artist or artist working in Canada
– be able to participate fully in all aspects of the Winter Island Artist-In-Residence Program

Selected Artists Receive

– a complimentary month long stay at Artscape Gibraltar Point including a private studio and bedroom
– ferry tickets (to a maximum of 8 round trips)
– a $100/wk food or materials stipend
– promotion of their residency and project via press release, Artscape promotional networks and social media  channels and relevant advertising in select publications.
– Opportunity to participate in the communal life of Artscape Gibraltar Point and engage with participants in our self-directed residency and long-term studio rental programs

About Artscape Gibraltar Point
Located in the former Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School, Artscape Gibraltar Point offers 35,000 square feet of affordable retreat space, artist studios and accommodations for artists and creative thinkers. The tranquil, idyllic setting is world-renowned as a centre for members of the artistic and non-profit communities to think, experiment, collaborate and share ideas.
More than 700 artists a year from across the globe experiment and create art through self-directed artist retreats and thematic residencies hosted in our overnight accommodations. In addition to hosting a maximum of 20 visiting artists at any given time, fifteen long-term artist work studios provide space for a range of painters, sculptors, musicians, filmmakers and a recording studio – all of whom contribute to the unique and collaborative atmosphere at Artscape Gibraltar Point.


About Artscape

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape is the operator of Artscape Gibraltar Point. Our work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.
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