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.
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
To learn more and apply please visit our website: https://artscapegibraltarpoint.ca/artist-residences/
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/
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.
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.
Studios, bedrooms, and washrooms.
Washrooms for powered wheelchair users may be a challenge. We request that you reach out to discuss specifics when you apply.
Housing & Accomodation
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.