Alchemy Island 2020
Dates: April 20 -27, 2020
Facilitator: Claire M Tallarico
Cost: $925 + HST / Private Accommodation
Application Deadline: Extended! February 12, 2020 Extended!

Alchemy is an international artist led residency devoted to exploring the synergy between artistic practice and the sharing of food in community settings. Since 2015, nearly 70 artists from around the world have come to Alchemy at one of its two locations — the Toronto Islands and in rural Prince Edward County Ontario, Canada. Alchemy Island will be our only traditional programmed residency in 2020.

A community setting for inquiry and discovery

Shared meals, readings and discussions probe the creative intersection of food and art in a community setting. Guest talks from artists, chefs and makers help us better understand the magic and inspiration created by making and sharing art and food.

This residency brings together selected artists working in a variety of mediums ranging from visual arts, sculpture, photography, craft, food, performance art, writing and video. Participants share their work and practices while also contributing culinary creativity to lively salon style communal discussions and dinners.

Alchemy Island 2020 will be facilitated by two long time collaborators for this work:

Claire M Tallarico, a visual artist, chef and urban gardener whose practice explores how the everyday activities of art making and food sharing, can make a difference in our communities.

Tonia Di Risio, a visual artist whose work has developed through ongoing investigations of the growing, making, preserving, celebrating, and sharing of food.

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The residency is open to artists working in all disciplines. Artists should plan to bring all
materials relevant to their practice.


Private and shared accommodation is available for artists. Fees cover accommodation, several shared meals, guest artist talks and programming. Artists contribute up to $100.00 in food costs for the week.


Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.


Regretfully, we are unable to provide honoraria or stipends to cover travel or the fees associated with attending this residency. Artscape Gibraltar Point is 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.


Artists are required to share a short artist presentation of their work and expected to contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the residency. An appetite for shared meals is necessary, a willingness to spend a few hours helping in the garden is appreciated and enthusiasm to participate in an open studio setting is expected.


Fill out an application at The link to the application page is: Please clearly indicate that you are applying to Alchemy Island 2020. Applicants are required to provide:

  • Up to 500 words about the synergy between your practice and the cooking and sharing of food
  • artist CV (max 2 pages)
  • an artist website