Winter Island 2019: Summer Exhibition

Beat the summer heat with the second annual Winter Island Artist Residency Exhibition, proudly presented by Artscape Gibraltar Point and Artscape Youngplace!

Kite-created maps, and physical and spiritual journeys between the Toronto and Hawaiian Islands all feature in a new exhibition opening at Artscape Youngplace starting July 29!


Exhibition Runs: July 29 – August 19

Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw St. Toronto


This year’s exhibition featuring artists Alison Rowe, Sandra Smirle, Brendan George Ko and Addae Nurse will showcase works inspired by, and created during Artscape Gibraltar Point’s Winter Island Artist Residency program.

About the Artists

Allison Rowe – Toronto, ON
Allison is an interdisciplinary artist who in partnership with children at Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, created a Winter Fun Day for families. Activities including a kid created scavenger hunt of the island, which has been adapted for the exhibition

Sandra Smirle – Montreal, QC
Sandra is a multidisciplinary artist based who uses drawing and video to explore ideas around surveillance and viewership. Using aerial mapping techniques, Sandra has created a “map” of the ever-changing shoreline of Toronto Island

Brendan George Ko – Toronto, ON
Brendan is a photographer, video artist and storyteller living between Toronto and Maui. For Winter Island he will present stories collected from the Indigenous oral traditions of the Hawai’ian Islands as he translates them through spoken word, documentary video and, landscape photography.

Addae Nurse – Toronto, ON
Addae Nurse is an emerging Toronto-based artist whose work often involves the investigation of class and the re-contextualization of race through appropriated imagery. Addae was the winner of this year’s Juror’s Emerging Artist Award.


Now approaching its fifth year, Winter Island is an annual, community arts and public programming initiative developed by Artscape. In exchange for creating public programming, the artists were awarded the opportunity to live and work at Artscape Gibraltar Point’s world-renowned artist residency and studios on the Toronto Islands this past winter.

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