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Artist Residencies

Current Residencies
May 06, 2022

TAKE ROOT AMONGST THE STARS: A Mad, Deaf and Disabled Arts Residency

TAKE ROOT AMONGST THE STARS: A Mad, Deaf and Disabled Arts Residency
Facilitator: Jenna Reid and Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware
Program Dates: October 10 – 24, 2022
Submission Deadline: May 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Cost:  $1,300*.

This is an exciting opportunity for Mad, Deaf and Disabled artists; During this two week residency artist's will have the opportunity to deep dive into their practice and explore disability arts in a network of peers!

DISCIPLINES, WORK EQUIPMENT & ASSISTANCE

This residency is open to all artists. Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation/presentation process.

Space and accommodation have accessible entrances and washrooms with room for mobility.
FOR FULL ACCESS DETAILS OR NEEDS PLEASE EMAIL: takerootamongstthestars@gmail.com

ACCOMMODATION

A private room is available for all artists. Artists will have access to a communal kitchen to cook their own meals in.

Please note, that if you are awarded a subsidized spot from Kickstart that you will be placed into a shared accommodation. If you would prefer private accommodations, please contact jenna@kickstartdisability.ca in order to make these arrangements. Shifting from a fully subsidized and shared accommodations spot to a private accommodation will require the artist to cover the additional costs.

STUDIO/WORKSPACE

Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.

FEES & SUPPORT
*Kickstart is thrilled to be offering FIVE subsidized spots for Mad, Deaf or Disabled Artists who reside in British Columbia. This includes covering the costs of flight & shared on-site accommodation. Subsidized spots will be awarded by a jury process. Artists will have to arrange for their own food and transportation to and from Toronto Island. Food and ferry costs are not covered.

Regretfully, we are unable to provide honoraria or stipends to cover travel or the fees associated with attending this residency. However, we are happy to provide letters of support to any funding programs to which artists wish to apply. We encourage applicants to pursue funding opportunities afforded them by their national, regional, local and departmental funding agencies. Please visit ArtsUnite (a project of Artscape) for some resources on funding and applying for grants. ArtsReach also has a useful calendar to explore grants

EXPECTATIONS TOWARD THE ARTIST

Artists are expected to come with a positive and collaborative attitude.  There will be time to create work as well as contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the residency.

TO APPLY

Please apply via our application: https://tinyurl.com/takerootresidency 


FACILITATORS 

Jenna Reid

Jenna Reid (she/her) is the current Artistic Director at Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, and the board president of the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative. Jenna is a fibre artist who works primarily with the practices of quilting, natural dyes, and protest art as a way to engage with activist based aesthetics. Jenna has completed residencies on Toronto Island with the Feminist Art Conference, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Through Trinity Square Video,  and has exhibited her work and presented on panels in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia. Jenna completed a studio-based PhD in Critical Disability Studies at York University.

Dr. Syrus Ware 

Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware (born in 1977, Montreal, Canada; lives in Toronto, Canada) is a former Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and Black activist culture. He has shown in galleries and festivals across Canada. Syrus is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. His ongoing curatorial work includes That’s So Gay (2016–21) and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama. Syrus is the co-editor of Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (University of Regina Press, 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.

May 06, 2022

MOTHRA: Artist-Parents Residency

MOTHRA: Artist-Parents Residency
Facilitator: Sarah Cullen and Alison Thompson
Program Dates: June 27 - July 4, September 19 - 26, and November 14 - 21.
Submission Deadline: Rolling
Cost:  See "Fees and Support

Calling all artist-parents...

Introducing...something that has occurred for millenia, something which occurs today in many other cultures...

(Are you ready for this?!)

That's right, keeping your child by your side! Not only by your side, but by your side while you make artwork, by your side in order to collaborate.

Introducing...

MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project!!!!

Upcoming residencies 2022:
June 27th – July 4th (waitlist)
September 19th - 26th
November 14 - 21

Stay at AGP for one week with a group of artist-parents and their children.  Studio and sleeping accommodations provided.  Meals are the responsibility of the artist.  Depending on the group and the pandemic, we offer - readings, fireside group discussions, studio visits, visiting artists and speakers, muffins…

Children aged 0 - 14 welcome.  Partners and more than one child also welcome - space dependent.

Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.
Photo credit: Brady Ryu

DISCIPLINES, WORK EQUIPMENT & ASSISTANCE

MOTHRA residency is open to all artists.  Non-toxic practices please.

ACCOMMODATION

A private room is available for all artists. Artists will have access to a communal kitchen to cook their own meals in.

STUDIO/WORKSPACE

Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.

FEES & SUPPORT

At this time, MOTHRA residencies have to be paid for by the participating artist.  We hope that one day this residency will be fully funded in order to off-set the fees that participating

artists must pay.  In the meantime we have lowered this fee as much as possible and we are happy to support artists with funding applications by providing an official letter of acceptance.

2022 Rates are as follows:

June/July  $700 ($850 for single studio if available)

September & November $652 ($765 for single studio if available)

Cost covers bedroom, studio, and facilitation.

EXPECTATIONS TOWARD THE ARTIST

Artists are expected to come with a positive and collaborative attitude.  There will be time to create work as well as contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the residency.

Artists must be fully vaccinated (two+ doses) or provide a doctors note for a medical exemption. Artists will be expected to comply with all of AGP’s health and safety protocols even if they differ from what might be expected elsewhere.  Artists coming from abroad must comply with Government of Canada rules for travel to Canada. See: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

TO APPLY

Email your expression of interest to contactmothra@gmail.com

Acceptance is based on, a first-come-first-served basis, on the artist's commitment to work with and alongside their child(ren), and space considerations at AGP. Email us, tell us about yourself and your practice and we will see what we can do!


FACILITATORS 

Sarah Cullen (she/her/they) is a contemporary visual artist based on Menecing- Toronto Island. She is a white settler of English and Scottish heritage.   She has been running projects for artist-parents since 2012, establishing MOTHRA in 2018.  Her current work incorporates drawing, walking, and epistolary practices.

Alison Thompson (she/her/they) is an artist and craftsperson based in Toronto.  She is a white settler of mixed heritage.  Alison has worked on many community arts projects and workshops in the GTA since 2009.  In 2018 she joined forces with Sarah to build MOTHRA.


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.

April 04, 2022

FACES: Focused Artists Creating Emergent Spaces

FACES: Focused Artists Creating Emergent Spaces
Facilitator: Jamie Ly and Sarah Cullen
Program Dates: August 2 – 8, 2022
Submission Deadline: May 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Cost:  Funded residency.

FACES is offering a week-long residency inviting emerging BIPOC artists’ to participate in dialogue, artmaking, and inclusive community building revolving around lived experiences with the intention of further diversifying the arts community in Toronto.  This residency is a pilot project that is centred on widening participation in the arts sector.

We are looking for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) artists who did not pursue a career in the arts because of cultural, family, or financial pressures -  pressures, which for some, may be a direct result of systemic racism.

The FACES residency will be part working retreat and part research project. The residency will act as a first practical step to enable artists to participate in discussions while engaging with their art practice in a collective setting. Artists will be invited to share their experiences about the barriers they’ve faced when considering a career in the arts. Conversations will centre on discovering what supports are needed in order to encourage and support other potential BIPOC Artists.

During the week, artists will have dedicated time for their own artistic pursuits during the program. FACES recognizes this as an important element for these artists who may lack the luxury of time to devote to their practice. We will invite an established BIPOC artist to conduct studio visits and join in discussion.

Participants will contribute written and artistic content to a zine which will be printed and distributed after the residency. At the end of the week, if health and safety precautions allow, we will host an Open House during which friends and family and the general public can visit AGP and see the work which was produced.

FACES’ main goal is to establish a safe, caring program for BIPOC artists in a state of transition (i.e., considering going back to school, a change in career or just a change in focus) who want to dedicate more time to work on their art and wish to connect with others in the same position.

All artists are given a private bedroom and a shared studio for the week. Meals are the responsibility of the artist and information will be shared about ordering groceries to the Island. AGP has a large shared communal kitchen.

DISCIPLINES, WORK EQUIPMENT & ASSISTANCE

The FACES residency is open to visual artists. Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation/presentation process. Non-toxic practices please.

ACCOMMODATION

A private room is available for all artists. Artists will have access to a communal kitchen to cook their own meals in.

STUDIO/WORKSPACE

Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.

FEES & SUPPORT
Funded Residency (!!). Your stay will be paid for as this project is generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council. A $200 deposit is required by cheque to secure your spot which will only be deposited for no shows. Artists will have to arrange for their own food and transportation to and from Toronto Island. Food and ferry costs are not covered.

EXPECTATIONS TOWARD THE ARTIST

Artists are expected to come with a positive and collaborative attitude.  There will be time to create work as well as contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the residency.

Artists must be fully vaccinated (two+ doses) or provide a doctors note for a medical exemption. Artists will be expected to comply with all of AGP’s health and safety protocols even if they differ from what might be expected elsewhere.  Artists coming from abroad must comply with Government of Canada rules for travel to Canada. See: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

TO APPLY

Submit your Application via Google Form: https://forms.gle/7DwtNJAJbHEmPEUQ9


FACILITATORS 

FACES allows the bridging of perspectives from BIPOC artists with potential allies within the arts community and is founded by Jamie Ly & Sarah Cullen. We are tied to Toronto Island as community members as well as artists.

Jamie Ly (she/her), lead artist and facilitator, experienced barriers herself as a Chinese diasporic artist born and raised in T’karonto. After having some security pursuing a “stable career” in Education, Jamie is able and enthusiastic to support other BIPOC artists who face similar lived experiences through FACES.

Sarah Cullen is a contemporary visual artist based on Menecing - Toronto Island. She is a white settler of English and Scottish heritage.
FACES builds upon similar work she has been involved with, namely working to widen participation for visual artists who are caring for young children.
Sarah’s project, MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project, which is based at AGP, has gained international recognition, and is designed for these often excluded artists.


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.

February 16, 2022

Awakening 2022

Awakening: Elemental creativity and spirituality in the arts
Facilitator: Monica Bodirsky
Program Dates: June 20 – 27, 2022
Submission Deadline: April 3, 2022
Cost:  $762.75 for private bedroom, shared studio and includes HST and facilitator’s fee

Awakening is an intensive and immersive 7-day thematic residency open to all professional and emerging artists of all disciplines.  The residency will be of particular interest to those who are interested in exploring the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit, and who wish to connect to the idea of the ‘witch’ in both a historical and contemporary context. People of colour, diverse gender identifications, and all abilities are encouraged to apply.

The experience was designed to provide a sacred and inspirational space for seekers to explore their own practice within the elemental framework. The objective is to engage holistic practices that connect our authentic self with our environment and to incorporate metaphysical practices within creative self-expression. Finding agency through voice, decolonization, global environmental concerns, socio-political and economic factors, which affect our ability to be open about our spiritual practice in the arts, are key components.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is an artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on art creation, and a rich potential for the creation of corporeal artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional) and natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables.

On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique
carnival grounds. Cozy up in a furnished studio and bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet. AGP is a barrier free and inclusive environment. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away.

Along with programmed time, participants will have free time to work individually or collaboratively in a studio environment and explore the island.

Artscape Gibraltar Point on Tkaronto (Toronto) Island is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

ACCOMMODATION

A private room is available for all artists. Artists will have access to a communal kitchen to cook their own meals in.

STUDIO/WORKSPACE

Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.

FEES & SUPPORT
Regretfully, we are unable to provide honoraria or stipends to cover travel or the fees associated with attending this residency. However, we are happy to provide letters of support to any funding programs to which artists wish to apply. We encourage applicants to pursue funding opportunities afforded them by their national, regional, local and departmental funding agencies. Please visit ArtsUnite (a project of Artscape) for some resources on funding and applying for grants. ArtsReach also has a useful calendar to explore grants.

COVID-19

Artists must be fully vaccinated (two+ doses) or provide a doctors note for a medical exemption. Artists coming from abroad must comply with Government of Canada rules for travel to Canada. See: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

TO APPLY

Spaces are limited. To apply please visit https://www.monicabodirsky.com/artscape2022


Monica Bodirsky, BDes CH, is an entrepreneurial artist, author, consultant and earth-based spiritual practitioner whose work is designed specifically to empower those seeking deeper meaning in their lives. She graduated as a graphic designer and illustrator from Seneca College, received her bachelor’s degree in design from OCAD University, and is a Chartered Herbalist through Dominion College. Her work has been published traditionally as well as independently, and includes tarot and oracle decks, short stories, art exhibitions and commissioned illustrations. She founded the WITCHfest North Arts and Culture festival, worked as sessional faculty at Sheridan college for several years, and OCAD University for ten years. She lives and works in Tkaronto (Toronto).


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.

December 03, 2021

LUMINOUS BODIES 2022

LUMINOUS BODIES: The Human Body in Artistic Practice
Facilitator: Teresa Ascencao
Program Dates: July 18 – August 2, 2022
Submission Deadline: Feb 24, 2022
Cost:  $1,130 for private bedroom, $876 shared accommodation (HST included).

Luminous Bodies is a two-week residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. Its objective is to challenge “normativity” and Otherness. Its goal is to reinvent and re-present the body in most inclusive and diverse ways.

Resident artist talks, gallery tours, visual and textual references, guest artist talks, and regular critiques (individual with Facilitator and group critiques) help uncover how our bodies are culturally and aesthetically constructed, displayed and controlled.

Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that reinvent the body through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance, installation, sound art, movement art, media art, etc. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency (if preferred, artists may show in open studio fashion).

The essence of Luminous Bodies is about bringing to light heterogeneous bodies. It welcomes people in all walks of life into a creative journey of critical innovation and self-discovery. People with disabilities, BIPOC, and people of diverse genders and ages are encouraged to apply.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is an artist retreat centre nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on art creation, and a rich potential for the creation of corporeal artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional) and natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables.

On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique carnival grounds.

Cozy up in a furnished studio and bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet. AGP aims to have as minimal barriers as possible and promotes an inclusive environment. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away.

Luminous Bodies prices include sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, programming and exhibition.

Arrivals are on July 18  at 1pm, and departures on August 2 before 11am. You and responsible for getting yourself and your gear to Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and onto the ferry. Once on the Island, Artscape Staff will provide transportation to the centre. For more information contact Teresa Ascencao at info@ArtsUnfold.com.

Facilitator, Teresa Ascencao, is a multimedia artist whose work toys with social forces that shape gender, seduction, consumption, and class. She was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Ascencao holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program. She holds an MFA specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism from OCAD University. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU and University of Toronto.

DISCIPLINES, WORK EQUIPMENT & ASSISTANCE

Residency is open to artists working in all disciplines. Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation/presentation process.

ACCOMMODATION

A private or shared room is available for all artists, depending on their expressed preferences. Artists will have access to a communal kitchen to cook their own meals in.

STUDIO/WORKSPACE

Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.

FEES & SUPPORT
Regretfully, we are unable to provide honoraria or stipends to cover travel or the fees associated with attending this residency. However, we are happy to provide letters of support to any funding programs to which artists wish to apply. We encourage applicants to pursue funding opportunities afforded them by their national, regional, local and departmental funding agencies. Please visit ArtsUnite (a project of Artscape) for some resources on funding and applying for grants. ArtsReach also has a useful calendar to explore grants.

EXPECTATIONS TOWARD THE ARTIST

Artists are expected to create work as well as contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the residency. Artists must be fully vaccinated (two+ doses) or provide a doctors note for a medical exemption. Artists coming from abroad must comply with Government of Canada rules for travel to Canada. See: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

TO APPLY

Submit your Application via email to Teresa Ascencao at info@ArtsUnfold.com as follows: write “Luminous Bodies / First_&_Last_name” in the subject line; include a 200-word statement about your overall practice, a 200-word proposal describing the work you intend to explore during the residency, your bio; up to 5 images or video/sound clips that are most related to the work you propose during the residency, and a link to your website or portfolio; your CV, your sleeping accommodation preference (if you’re open to both shared and private please indicate), any accessibility needs you have, and finally any lived experiences related to class, race, gender, etc. that you’d like to be considered in your application 100 words max.


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.