Rhonda Weppler: Island Model Home Workshop

A home is a private space within a public community, and from this perspective, any home can be seen as an island. The homes gathered together on Toronto Island have an amplified “homey” quality by virtue of being on an actual island set against the city background of downtown Toronto. Collectively they comprise a village within a city, existing simultaneously within, and at a distance from, Toronto.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
1PM -5PM
Artscape Gibraltar Point

For the inaugural Winter Island 2020 residency event, Winnipeg-born, New York resident artist, Rhonda Weppler will lead members of the public in a drop in model making workshop – to create replicas of Toronto Island homes.

This workshop will build on Weppler’s month-long engagement with island residents, around model home building, and all models, will be featured in a photo-collage project, to be displayed as part of the Winter Island Exhibition at Artscape Youngplace in July 2020.

The workshop, which takes place at Artscape Gibraltar Point is FREE to attend and transport to and from Ward’s Island will be provided off the 12:30 (departs City) Ferry/Departs Ward’s Island at 12:45, with return trips at 3:30PM (Ferry departs Wards Island at 3:45PM) and 4:45PM (Ferry departs Wards Island at 5:00PM) respectively.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For More information on Winter Island and all our participating artists please visit https://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/winterisland2020/

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About Winter Islands 2020

Now in its fifth 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  present these works/projects to the public, both during their residency and as a part of a Winter Islands Group Exhibition to take place at the conclusion of the residency series at Artscape Youngplace in July 2020.

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. For more information visit http://artscape.ca