Artist Residencies

Past Residencies
May 18, 2016

Winter Island: Yuula Benivolski

Yuula"Date: April  18- 25, 2016
Artist: Yuula Benivolski
Creative Practice: Video, Sculpture, Interdisciplinary
Opportunity: Benivolski will spend her week on the island learning recipes from her Grandmother via Skype. On Sunday, April 24th, she invites residents to partake in the results of this knowledge exchange with a Spring Walk  and traditional Russian tea party.


Yuula Benivolski

Yuula Benivolski, born 1980 in USSR // now Toronto.
Multidisciplinary artist interested in migration, displacement and social behaviours. Her work investigates fable and memory through personal narratives.

May 18, 2016

Winter Island: Jamie Ross

Jamie RossDate: April 4 – 18, 2016
Artist: Jamie Ross
Creative Practice: Film Maker, Writer
Opportunity: Over three evenings, Jamie will host a series of participatory artist’s talks-cum-workshops based on his ritual calligraphic performance practice that creates sacred space for writing, actualizing subconscious desire through automatic drawing.


Jamie Ross

JAMIE ROSS (1987, Canada) / was born in a little house on Pendrith Street, just north of Toronto’s Christie Pits Park, above a buried river. That is the place where it began. Ross is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His writing has been anthologized and published in periodicals and artist’s books; his award-winning films have screened on four continents. His work blurs the lines of fact and fiction in its exploration of history and preoccupation with societal projections into the future. Personal psychogeography and senses of place are abiding interests. Creating and documenting queer community based on a sincere engagement with magic, grafting himself onto the rich artistic traditions of his ancestors, cultural and biological, is fundamental. Jamie lives in Montreal.

April 13, 2016

Winter Island: Walter Scott

Walter Scott

Date: March 28 - April  11, 2016
Artist: Walter Scott
Creative Practice: Illustration, Comics & Graphic Novels
Opportunity: Join Walter for a performance of his illustrated play, Wendy's Revenge.

Walter Scott

Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working across writing, illustration, performance and sculpture. In 2011 while living in Montreal, he began a comic book series, Wendy, exploring the narrative of a fictional young woman living in an urban centre, who aspires to global success and art stardom but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. Romantic woes, professional frustrations, parties and awkward encounters play out in black and white. The position of the outsider and shape shifter is central to this body of work and the influence of feminist icons such as Mary Tyler Moore, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde or artist, punk poet, experimental novelist and filmmaker Kathy Acker lingers. Wendy is an avatar who shifts between different cultural institutions, reinventing herself with every modality and juggling different fictions of herself.



April 13, 2016

Winter Island: Hazel Meyer

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Date: March 14 – 28, 2016
Artist: Hazel Meyer
Creative Practice: Collaborative Practice, Installation, Athletics
Opportunity: Join Hazel as she makes sense of a new collection amassed while on a residency in Geneva, Switzerland. Explore the thrill of the find and learn how the artist pulls her collections together, through archival practices, diarist tendencies, logbooks and comics. Participating artists will also have the opportunity to engage with Hazel as she visits the studios.

Hazel Meyer

From the monumental to the modest, Hazel Meyer’s projects range from large installations to small woven tags meant for an audience of one. She explores seemingly disparate yet overlapping preoccupations —intestines and athletics, feminism and the absurd, anxiety and textiles— using scale, language, play, repetition, gentle confrontation and ecstatic immersion. Hazel holds an MFA from OCAD University (Toronto), a BFA from Concordia University (Montréal). Recent solo exhibitions include Muscle Panic at the MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie, ON), No Theory No Cry at Art Metropole (Toronto), and Walls to the Ball at La Centrale (Montréal). Group shows include Separation Penetrates at the Dutch Art Institute (Netherlands), Temperamental at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, and We Can’t Compete at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. This past year she was a visiting artist at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva, Switzerland as well as the inaugural artist-in-residence at Scrap Metal Gallery in 2015. Hazel lives and works between Toronto and Montréal.



March 17, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Life of a Craphead

LOACHDate: February  29 - March 14, 2016
Artist: Life of A Craphead
Creative Practice: Performance
Opportunity: During their stay Life of a Craphead will present an artist's talk, a special night of film and video screenings, as well as conduct studio visits and critiques with residents

Life of a Craphead
Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. Their first feature-length film Bugs -- a comedy about a Bug society -- will premiere in December 2015. They were artists-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the winter of 2013 and produced the Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056, an exhibition of all the work they will ever make. Life of a Craphead also run and host the popular monthly performance art show Doored, which recently toured to New York and Rotterdam. Their work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, and Art in America. They live and work in Toronto, Canada.

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March 17, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Gina Badger

Gina BadgerDate: February  15 – 29, 2016
Artist: Gina Badger
Creative Practice: Sculpture, Installation
Opportunity: Gina will offer residents the opportunity to learn more about "woo feminism" ie. contemporary queer feminist creative and spiritual practices through a teach-in/snack party. On February 29th, she will also host a deep winter/leap year workshop the exact details of which remain shrouded in mystery.

Gina Badger is a kitchen witch who currently makes her living as an artist and editor. At the heart of her practice is an engagement with the time and material of colonial ecologies from a critical settler perspective. She has presented work internationally, at venues including MOCCA (Toronto), the Blackwood Gallery (Toronto), LACMA (LA), Issue Project Room (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her writing has been published by Turn On by the Powerplant, Scapegoat JournalPublic Journal, and Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices (Marisa Jahn, YYZ).

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February 25, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Andrew Harwood

AHarwoodDate: February 8 – 22, 2016
Artist: Andrew Harwood
Creative Practice: Curatorial Practice, Performance
Opportunity: During the residency Harwood will create a new multimedia work entitled Ode to February.  Harwood will be conducting performances, and host a special presentation of the work at the completion of his residency.

Andrew Harwood

My interests in artistic production range from the obscure, to experimental, popular, spiritual, queer - through to the political. I work primarily as a solo artist however, I enjoy collaborating with individuals, collectives and community groups as part of my practice. I most often create narrative-based and identity-based art, but also love to explore more formalist themes and materials. My goals are to create beautiful and provocative installations and individual artworks using unusual materials and combinations of concepts.  In my exhibition Séancé I created large-scaled screens made entirely from hot glue, glitter, sequins, glass beads and bingo chips. I used these screens to project hypnotic swirling videos. The title of the exhibition is a playful collision on the word ‘seance’ and the songstress Béyonce’s name.

Andrew Harwood is a Toronto-based artist who recently graduated with Masters Degree in Fine Arts form the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in 2014. Harwood is the former Co-Director of Mercer Union, Interim Director of A Space Gallery Director of Zsa Zsa (Toronto) and Zsa Zsa West (Winnipeg). He has had over 20 solo exhibitions in Canada, The United States and has participated in group exhibitions and biennales internationally. Harwood’s work is in the collections of the Toronto Dominion Bank, The Bank of Montréal, The University of Guelph, Queen’s University, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery and in private collections throughout Canada and internationally.


February 25, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Swintak

SwintakDate: January 25 – February  8, 2016
Artist: Swintak
Creative Practice: Multimedia Installation, Performance
Opportunity: The artist invites residents to participate in the following project entitled, OOO: Commencing with a meet and greet, the residency will explore individual studio practice through the shortcomings and triumphs of Object-Oriented Ontology (“OOO”) a branch of philosophic inquiry that positions objects, atoms and artists as equals. By drawing attention to things at all scales, from atomic to astronomic, artists will be encouraged to consider the relationship between things in addition to ourselves.

Leading the residency in collaboration with a shovel, Swintak will provide an artist talk, one-on-one studio visits, and personalized suggested reading material for each artist. One guided either indoor or outdoor group adventure take place during the residency, as well as an elective process based workshops such as “Using thought controlled computer interfaces to control objects” and/or “How to smash things the way things should be smashed.” While the focus will be on individual studio work, every week will conclude with a collective dinner party where each artist brings an object for a centre piece that serves as the backbone for evening discussion.Christine Swintak

Swintak's often collaborative site-generated projects have included moving almost an entire house by hand without the aid of machinery, creating the most banal rollercoaster ever made in the head office of an energy drink corporation, building a full-size ship through collective improvisation, running an election party campaign for the Irish underworld, transforming a city dumpster into a luxury boutique hotel, attempting to give a shed consciousness and producing a series of impossible project proposals. She has exhibited at galleries, festivals and museums including the The Powerplant (Toronto), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), YYZ Gallery (Toronto), Kuandu Museum of Modern Art (Taipei), European Cultural Congress (Poland), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Hessel Museum (New York), Model Niland (Ireland) and Confederation Centre (Charlottetown). Recent residencies include the Place and Responsive Architecture P.A.R.E. (Topological Media Lab, Montreal), Tapei National University of Art (Taipei), and Château de la Napoule (Mandelieu, France). Recognitions include Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship (SSHRC), Canada Council International Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), and Alumni New Works Award at the Headlands Centre for the Arts (San Francisco). She was co-founder of Don Blanche, an experimental off-grid artist residency and is currently an MFA Candidate at Concordia University (Montreal).

January 21, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Jim Munroe

Jim MunroeDate: January 11- 25, 2016
Artist: Jim Munroe
Creative Practice: Video Game Art, Sci-Fi Literature
Opportunity: Participate in two unique 2-hour programs. In week 1, explore interactive fiction. Play four writerly video-games and then be led in a book club-style discussion of your impressions and reactions to them. In week 2, participants will have the opportunity to create their own writerly video-game. Explore a variety of tools and then make your own short game with hands-on instruction.


Jim Munroe

Jim Munroe (b. 1972) is a “pop culture provocateur” according to the Austin Chronicle, and an “independent press icon” to Time Out Chicago. Primarily he is an indie culture maker in various mediums: post-Rapture graphic novels, lo-fi sci-fi feature movies, and award-winning text adventure videogames. He’s also helped found and run various arts organizations, notably the North American touring circuit The Perpetual Motion Roadshow and The Hand Eye Society, an incorporated videogame culture not-for-profit. He lives in Toronto’s historic Junction neighbourhood.

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January 21, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Marisa Hoicka

Marisa HoickaDate: January 11- 25, 2016
Artist: Marisa  Hoicka
Creative Practice:Video, Performance, Installation, Painting
Opportunity: Get to know this award-winning artists through an artist talk in week 1 and gain the benefit of her experience and a fresh look at your work during her studio visits in week 2.



Marisa Hoicka

Marisa Hoicka is a multi-media and performance artist who creates video, installations and paintings. In 2016 Hoicka will choreograph a solo as part of Singular Bodies at Toronto Dance Theatre, a collaboration of visual art bringing new ideas to contemporary dance. Hoicka’s “This is Not a Test” was shown on all Air Canada flights as part of the Images Festival’s “Stitches in Time.” Her videos have also been shown in Berlin’s Galerie Kurt Im Hirsch, San Francisco’s MoMA, the Toronto Images Festival, Oakville Galleries and across Canada from Vancouver to St. John’s, Nfld. She mixed performance, installation and painting in her solos “Nature Morte” at Toronto’s 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival and “Escaping Escapism” at the Power Plant’s “Quarter-Life Crisis”. An installation was also featured in Videodrome at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and she had a solo show of her paintings “Meet Me Half Way” at Heritage Canada. Her persona “Uncle Wink” took part in “The Other Painting Competition” at the Art Gallery of Ontario for Nuit Blanche. In 2014 she received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Born in 1987, Hoicka has a Master of Digital Media from Ryerson University and a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University. Her video work is distributed by Vtape.

January 21, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Cheldon Paterson aka Slowpitch Sound

Cheldon PatersonDate: December 15 – 29, 2015
Artist: Cheldon Paterson
Creative Practice: Audio Art, Experimental Turntablism
Opportunity: During Cheldon's residency, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a 1.5 hour workshop covering a brief history of scratching, equipment orientation, basic techniques and experimenting with different ways of playing with sound as well as experience a half-hour live improvised performance followed by a Q&A session. Exact days/times TBD.
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Cheldon Paterson

Using the turntable creatively to explore sounds has been at the forefront of Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound’s entire adult life. Turntable composition, live performance and improvisation have been key elements whether performing solo or with culturally diverse musicians stretching from Gamelan to jazz to western classical and beyond. His unique style of turntable performance has made it’s way around the world touching down in Sweden, Great Britain, Netherlands, Australia and America. He is a sound artist who often incorporates unconventional functions of the turntable as well as field recordings in his compositions. Using the turntable as an instrument, sounds are captured, looped and further brought to life by numerous filters and effects in tandem with Paterson's hypnotic tribal rhythms. Away from the stage, Cheldon stays busy teaching the art of DJing at "Off Centre DJ & Electronic Music Production School.

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January 21, 2016

Winter Island: Featuring Ayo Leilani

Ayo LeilaniDate: December 4 – 14, 2015
Artist: Ayo Leilani
Creative Practice: Audio Performance, Composition, Hip Hop & Dub
Opportunity: Be among the first to hear Ayo's debut album The Golden Octave. Ayo will be working intensively on the project during her residency and will host a listening/dinner party with the musicians, magicians, witches and participating artists to share her progress and hear your thoughts on the direction of the album. Read more

Ayo Leilani / Witch Prophet

Etmet Musa aka Witch Prophet (formally known as Ayo Leilani) is a Toronto based, Ethiopian/Eritrean singer/ songwriter, the founder and co-director of Toronto based music and multi media collective 88 Days Of Fortune (2009 - Present) and a member of feminist based electro dub hop group, ATS [Above Top Secret] / Abstract Random (2010 - Present).

She has shared the stage with and opened for acts like: Diana King, Shad, Rae Spoon, Zaki Ibraham, Lido Pimienta, Kae Sun, TheeSatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces, LAL, and Michie Mee. Toured Europe twice; playing shows in Paris, Amsterdam, London and Berlin, as well as performed at music festivals like: Black Women Rock, Manifesto, Wavelength, Pride Toronto, Soul Of Brooklyn, Allied Media Conference, Afro Punk, CMW, Inside Out, Under The Volcano and International Women's Fest.

As the founder and co director of 88 Days of fortune she has helped organize, host and sustain an artistically diverse, bimonthly showcase of local and international talent. Received the Toronto Arts Council’s ‘Music Projects Program’ grant (2011), won $5000 with ArtReach Toronto’s ‘Youth Arts Pitch Contest’ (2012), partnered with major organizations like, NXNE, AGO, ArtScape Gibraltar Point, CUE, SKETCH, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Wavelength, Manifesto, MOCADA, Bklyn Boihood, Black Weirdo, Riot Grrrl and PRIDE Toronto, curated two independent European tours with shows in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris + London (2012 + 2013), along with releasing five 88 Days Of Fortune mix tapes and sponsoring countless showcases and music videos.

Leilani has independently released two mix tapes 'Bonjour' 2009 and 'Ayo x Exile' 2010. Along with a handful of singles in 2013. She also has written songs and sang on two Abstract Random albums "Disrupt Dis Reality Bluuuurd' 2010 and 'Siren Songs'' 2012. She is currently working on her debut full length album titled "The Golden Octave" along with a new album from her band Above Top Secret / Abstract Random both due for release in 2016.

November 30, 2015

Winter Island: Featuring Myung-Sun Kim

Myung-SUn KimArtist in Residence: Myung Sun Kim
Date: November  16 – 30, 2015
Creative Practice: Sculpture, Drawing, Performance
Opportunity: Myung-Sun Kim's current work on the evolving cultural culinary practices and cuisine of Korea, explores food as a way to tell stories of history of war, migration, colonialism, resilience, and healing. A workshop and experimental feast will be offered during the residency.



Artists Bio

Myung-Sun Kim is a Korean artist based in Toronto, primarily working in the field of sculpture, installation, and drawing. In her work, a continuous material exploration of familiar objects and environments investigates the ideas around memory, loss, semblance, abjection, and resilience. Her current work and interests explore the relationship between history and the evolution of culinary practices, particularly of Korean War and Japanese Occupation. Kim has completed a BFA in Sculpture & Installation at the Ontario College of Art & Design (2005), and a MFA in the Visual Arts Program at York University (2009). She has recently received Ontario Arts Council Grant and Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant. She has exhibited across North America and Finland, with upcoming exhibition with Gendai Gallery. During the residency, she will develop her work around Korean food, history of colonialism and war, and its culinary history, and offer a workshop, related to her project.



November 16, 2015

Winter Island: featuring Basil Alzeri

Basil AlZeri

Artist-in-Residence: Basil AlZeri
Date: November  2 – 16, 2015
Creative Practice: Performance & Installation

Opportunity: In week 1, meet Basil in your studio for "1-hour-lunches" where he will offer you lunch in exchange of 1 hour of your time. In week 2, experience a work/workshop/performance/event like no other! Basil will present “How to cook dinner for about 100 people in about 1 hour", a dinner party performance that will invite you to witness a frenzied 1-hour cooking session that will feed about 100 people.


Artist Bio

Basil AlZeri is a visual artist working in performance, video, installation, food and public art interventions.  Through his practice and/or services he tries to engage people through gestures of generosity within social settings and in site-specific contexts. AlZeri’s work has been presented in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Mexico City, and Santiago.



August 01, 2015

Gallery 44 Residency: Site and Place

Spend your Labour Day weekend exploring the landscape through the lens of photography (literally!) in this exciting residency on offer from GALLERY 44. This residency explores the representation of place and the artist’s relationship to landscape through the lens. Our interactions with the environment will be examined. Participants will be able to work independently with daily group and independent critiques, workshops as needed and power points exploring diverse artistic practice. Participants will explore the expanded image, the notion of vantage point, repetitive shooting and landscape and performance.

Photo by Katherine Asals

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November 01, 2014

8 Days Programmed Residency

We’re proud to welcome 8 Days, hosted by Public Recordings, to Artscape Gibraltar Point again in 2015! From the Public Recordings website: “8 DAYS is an intensive encounter open to Canadian contemporary choreographers. The gathering values curiosity, questioning and reflection on how we work in order to deepen choreographic practices.”

Apply by December 1, 2014

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