Winter Island: Winter Fun Day

Artscape Gibraltar point and Artist Allison Rowe invite you to join us SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019, on the Toronto Islands, as we present the first of our Winter Island 2019, artist-in-residence projects …



1:00PM – 4:00PM EDT
Artscape Gibraltar Point

** Shuttle Service provided from Ward’s Island to Artscape Gibraltar Point at 1:15 PM (Departs Ward’s Dock) and 4:00 PM (Departs AGP) **

Hot Chocolate and Snacks Served


Designed as an opportunity to bring children and adults from the mainland and island communities together in the spirit of “creative play” Rowe has created a series of activities designed to celebrate the unique experience of Winter on the Toronto Islands.


Snow Fort and/or Winter Shelter Building (Weather Determinate)
Outdoor Games, Indoor Warming Lounge with Short Film Screenings, Scavenger Hunt & More TBD


For the inaugural Winter Island Residency artist Allison Rowe will have built a large outdoor shelter or snow fort with youth from the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club. On WINTER FUN DAY Island residents, the Artscape Gibraltar Point community and members of the public are invited to celebrate the groups achievements and participate in a series of outdoor and indoor Winter activities.

Invite your friends and neighbours on Facebook


Allison’s residency project is inspired by her love of the classic Canadian film “La Guerre des Tuques” (known in English as “The Dog Who Stopped the War”) and her aim to generate opportunities for adults and children to get outside and find new ways to enjoy the winter.

The project seeks to explore the ways in which children can participate on an equal footing in artistic creation and collaboration with their adult peers and guardians. A process outlined and advocated for by community arts practitioners such as Toronto’s mammalian Diving Reflex among others.

Allison Rowe is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist, educator, and researcher who works at the intersection of socially engaged art and pedagogy. She holds an MFA in Social Practices from California College of the Arts and a BFA in Photography from Ryerson University. Allison’s artwork has been exhibited at Haven Gallery, La Centrale, and the Power Plant. Her community-engaged projects have been manifested in numerous spaces including the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, and at Toronto Public Library. Currently, Allison is a doctoral candidate in Art Education at the University of Illinois.