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Artist Residencies

Current Residencies
November 20, 2022

Winter Island Artist-In-Residence Program 2023

Artscape Gibraltar Point presents:  Winter Island Artist-In-Residence Program 2023

Submission Deadline:  December 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Program Dates:  January 16 – April 22, 2023

Showcase:  April 22, 2023– Artscape Gibraltar Point

Funding:  Complimentary stay and $130/week artist fee

Artscape Gibraltar Point is seeking project proposals from artists working in all media for the Winter Island Artist-In-Residence program for 2023.

Now in its eighth year, Winter Island is a unique, juried artist-in-residence program aimed at emerging, mid-career and established artists hosted at Artscape Gibraltar Point, an artist residency located on the picturesque Toronto Islands for artists focused on community-engaged art. We are pleased to offer options for two weeks or a month-long residency.

Winter Island recognizes six artists annually who have demonstrated a strong and unique artistic voice and provides them with distraction-free studio time and accommodation to create and/or develop a new and exciting work that engages and activates 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 Island showcase to take place at the conclusion of the residency series at Artscape Gibraltar Point.

Apply Here

Deadline for Submissions: December 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

November 18, 2022

Once Upon Water

Once Upon Water art residency
Facilitator: Teresa Ascencao
Program Dates: May 8 – 23, 2023
Submission Deadline: Feb 1, 2023 (*early bird Dec 15, 2022)
Cost:  $932.25 for shared accommodation or $1,186.50 for private bedroom

Once Upon Water is a two-week art residency to create artworks about the material and magical notions of water. Water is in constant flow and yet may present itself as still ~ a mirror that mesmerizes. In this state its reflective surface invites gazing at our physical selves, but also beyond our bodies to contemplate both our inner experiences and relationships with the outer world. Water gushes from deep below earth’s crevices, falls from elevations and hovers in misty formations. It traverses time, shape-shifts as it slides through various spaces, and is one of Mother Nature’s greatest Sculptors. At once, water pours out of taps in developed countries as a banal occurrence, while women in developing countries trek miles to fetch it clean. Alarmingly, earth is under threat of losing all its sea ice this century, while future wars are predicted to be fought over water rather than oil. Yet, the world’s greatest religions say water holds the power to purify and renew.

Once Upon Water will take place at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto island, Canada. Due to record rains in 2017 and 2019, forty percent of Toronto Island flooded and the islands were closed to the public. The waters have since receded and island life is once again thriving, but physical traces and stories of the flood remain.

Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore tangible and intangible concepts of water through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, movement, sound art, media art, etc. Artists will have opportunities to socialize and integrate with people who live on, and visit, Toronto island. This programmed residency offers facilitation by multimedia artist Teresa Ascencao, resident artist talks, a special guest artist talk, gallery tours in the city centre, creative and critical dialogue by the shoreline, and plenty of studio time. Critiques of residents’ works occur individually with the Facilitator and through facilitated group discussions. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency (if preferred, artists may show in open studio fashion).

Artscape Gibraltar Point is an artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island, and metres from the beach. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on making art, and a rich potential for the creation of water-themed 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. Enjoy beach sunrises and sunsets at the foot of your studio. 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.

Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist with special interest in body language, socially inscribed objects, spaces and costumes, and inner and outer corporeal experiences. She collaborated on Water Portals, an interactive work of digitally rendered water ripples triggered by dancers bodies. As an environmentalist, her most recent work has been to protect Toronto’s waterfront through the organization she founded, Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront. Ascencao graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program, and received her MFA from OCAD University specializing in Media Art. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU and University of Toronto.

 

DETAILS

Once Upon Water art residency will host up to 18 professional artists. The cost is $932.25 for shared accommodation or $1,186.50 for private bedroom. Fees include sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, programming and exhibition. Artists are responsible for their travel to Toronto Island, their own food and art supplies, including projectors and speakers.

Artists are encouraged to apply for financial support through their federal, provincial and municipal arts councils, and other sources such as the ones listed here by international region. A letter of support for artists’ grant applications will be provided to artists accepted in the residency.

Arrivals are on May 8 at 1pm, and departures on May 23 before 11am. Artists are responsible for getting themself and their gear to Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and onto the ferry. Once on the Island, Artscape Staff will provide transportation to the centre.

We welcome people in all walks of life into a creative journey of critical thinking and self-discovery in relation to water on Toronto Island. Indigenous, people with disabilities, people of colour and diverse gender identifications are encouraged to apply. Not all residency locations are wheel chair accessible. Please inquire about accessibility. For more information contact Teresa Ascencao at info@ArtsUnfold.com.

 

TO APPLY

Submit your Application via email to Teresa Ascencao at info@ArtsUnfold.com as follows: write “Once Upon Water / 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.

November 08, 2022

Inception

Inception: A Magikal Visioning Retreat
Facilitator: Monica Bodirsky
Program Dates: February 3 – February 6, 2023
Submission Deadline: November 30 2022
Cost:  $390.91 for private bedroom, shared studio and includes HST and facilitator’s fee

TO APPLY: Fill in the form here

In February within pagan, agrarian spiritualities of the northern hemisphere, ash and salt were strewn on the lands to ritually cleanse and encourage new growth. Imbolc is a Gaelic holiday referencing ‘ewe’s milk’ or the first stirrings of spring and the increasing light. During this weekend you are sowing your seeds of intent so that your energy is working in harmony with nature.

The purpose of this guided retreat is to provide an opportunity for you to experience and learn a creative process that will help you manifest your vision for the upcoming year. With the guidance of a trained professional artist and spiritual guide, you will transform your goals into reality through spiritual journeying, group discussions, reflection and creating a realistic plan.  

Located on beautiful Tkaronto Island, this peaceful environment provides the necessary reflection time and space needed for visioning. Spend time by the fireplace, enjoy a communal meal, rest in your room or studio and enjoy peaceful walks. You will be given a schedule for the weekend and provided with spiritual as well as practical organizational techniques and support for creatives.

By spring your ideas will blossom, by summer they will mature, and by fall you will be able to harvest and enjoy the fruits of your labour. In late fall and early winter reflecting on what you have achieved according to your retreat vision will give you an opportunity to re-energize and prepare, and, by the end of the following January and early February you are ready to plan for the upcoming year once again. In this way, you will continue to work with the flow of mother nature and the seasons’ energies to support as well as enhance your creative practice. 

 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. Please fill out this form and click the submit button to complete your application.

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 recently, 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. A sought-after speaker she has been invited to several spiritual conferences and workshops nationally and internationally. She founded the WITCHfest North Arts and Culture Festival, and 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.