Outside of Artscape Gibraltar Point. Raised beds in the foreground. Pc: Revel Photography.

Outside of Artscape Gibraltar Point. Raised beds in the foreground. Pc: Revel Photography.

Artist working with child on couch.  Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist working with child on couch. Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Bedroom.

Bedroom.

Artist working on water colours.  Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist working on water colours. Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist stands in front of their art talking.

Artist stands in front of their art talking.

Artist working.  Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist working. Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist collaging.  Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist collaging. Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist stands on the beach painting.

Artist stands on the beach painting.

Group of artists sitting in a circle in the fireplace room. Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Group of artists sitting in a circle in the fireplace room. Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artist sitting down with a circle of photographs behind them.

Artist sitting down with a circle of photographs behind them.

Group listens to an artists talk on photography.

Group listens to an artists talk on photography.

Group of 16 artists and a dog smiling in a group photo

Group of 16 artists and a dog smiling in a group photo

Three friends smiling on a picnic bench.

Three friends smiling on a picnic bench.

Four artists walking on the beach in winter towards Lake Ontario.

Four artists walking on the beach in winter towards Lake Ontario.

Blue vintage bus that says 'Have a Good Day.'  Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Blue vintage bus that says 'Have a Good Day.' Pc: Hannah Wolf.

Artscape Gibraltar Point Self-Directed and Thematic Residency Program

The artist residency program at Artscape Gibraltar Point, has invited artists from all over North America and the world to explore their creative practice in a community setting on on Mnisiing (Toronto Islands) in the former Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School. The residency offers participants, not only the opportunity to work without distraction on various projects but to further build and develop their personal and professional networks. Residents create artworks through media of their choice, such as photography, writing, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, new media etc.

Artscape Gibraltar Point opened in 1999 on Toronto Island in Canada. Over the years, this four-season arts and cultural facility, has hosted thousands of locally, regionally and internationally recognized artists. More than 300 artists a year from across the globe experiment and create art through self-directed and thematic residencies hosted in our overnight accommodations. In addition to hosting a maximum of twenty 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. 

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

To learn more and apply please visit our website.

Year Founded
1999
Context
Urban
Rural
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Residency program within a government state or municipal partnership
Embedded in a non-profit inn and retreat center
Associated with a foundation
Embedded in historic site
Longterm/embedded in neighborhood
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Thematic
Retreat
Community-engaged
Research
Experiential
Residency Length
1 week - 12 weeks
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
10
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
May apply as a team
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Costume/Fashion Design
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Criticism
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Translation
Writing
Acting
Choreography
Dance
Performance Art
Theater
Music
Opera
Computing
Digital Media
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
Graphic Design
Illustration
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Storytelling
Urban Planning/Design
Biology
Ecology
Environmentalism/Conservation
Science
Art Conservation
Art Education
Art History
History
Mathematics
Philosophy
Companions
Pets (Non-service animals)
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Children allowed for full stay
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Access to studio space to create new work
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Additional Eligibility Information

To learn more and apply please visit our website: https://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/

Artist Stipend
0
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
500
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Fee Details

This base fee includes a private bedroom and private studio. To see our fee structure please visit: https://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/rooms-and-rates/ 

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

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.

Application Fee
0
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Written and or hard copies of text being presented
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

Artscape Gibraltar Point is a low-barrier building. We have a ramp with an automated door to enter the building. Our washrooms have bars for assistance and one is larger than the rest for turning. Our building is single level. Due to being a heritage building on a car-free island we regretfully cannot guarantee a complete barrier-free environment although our staff will always try their best to offer support for every individual's needs. 

All bathrooms are gender neutral and inclusive.

We are happy to offer accommodations for caregivers and support workers. 

Please note that the Toronto Islands are largely car free. Specific arrangements for a car to assist with accessibility needs may be permitted on a case-by-case basis and is subject to discussion with ferry, parks department, and Artscape staff.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is a 20 min walk/roll/scooter away from Hanlan's Point and Center Island and a 45 min walk from Ward’s Island. In the winter months (Oct-April) the ferry only goes to Ward’s Island. Artscape Gibraltar Point offers a twice a week shuttle in the winter to help people get to the ferry.

If you have specific accessibility questions and requests please reach out.

Caregiver/Aide/PCA
Housing available on campus
Accessibility Contact Name
Niklas Agarwal
Accessibility Contact Email
nagarwal@artscape.ca
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Studios, bedrooms, and washrooms. 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

Washrooms for powered wheelchair users may be a challenge. We request that you reach out to discuss specifics when you apply. 

Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Housing available
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Common/Communal Spaces Information

Participants have access to private studios (unless shared is requested). Studios come with a large worktable, work chairs, desk lamps, power bar, and of course access to the public park for those that prefer “plein air”.

All participants will be provided with private bedrooms. Bedrooms have a double bed (including a full set of linens), closet and/or dresser and shared bathrooms. Participants have access to a communal kitchen with cooking and food storage amenities, including fridge space, stove, microwave, coffee maker, appliances, cutlery, plates etc. Residents are responsible for their own meals. While grocery delivery can be made to the island service is not daily: please bring food with you on arrival.

Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation/presentation process.

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio With Sprung Floor
Piano
Darkroom (Black And White)
Darkroom (Color)
Printers + Scanner
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Easels
Drying Racks
Washer And Dryer
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
No studio support provided