Artscape Gibraltar Point offers affordable short-term studio and accommodations rentals for artists and creative types who want to focus on their work in a distraction-free environment. Artists enjoy clean and cozy private accommodations, bright and spacious studios, a shared kitchen and lounge, free Wi-Fi, bike rentals, beautiful outdoor spaces and spectacular views of the lake from the Gibraltar Point Beach. It’s just a short ferry ride away from Toronto’s city centre.
The residency program at Artscape Gibraltar Point is ideal for artists who are conducting research, working to meet a deadline, collaborating with others or who require temporary workspace.
We offer two types of residencies:
Thematic / programmed
Artists can apply to do a self-directed residency at any time, and can apply to take part in a thematic/programmed residency when opportunities are available (see below). When you're ready to apply, proceed to our page Residencies: Book Your Stay.
Thematic/Programmed Residency Availabilities
AN UNCODED WORLD: EXPLORING PLACES BEYOND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
Program Dates: November 3 -15, 2014
Application Deadline: September 30, 2014
Price: $850 + HST
Marshall McLuhan has stated that the ways in which we conceptualize space often determines the nature of the art we make. He has suggested that we are directed by a long history of art making with an almost singular and undue emphasis on the visual. This emphasis fails to acknowledge that, in the human project of knowing, we are not detached and objective observers but active participants. How do we see nature and create works that are not entirely directed from this long and coded history of art making? How do we make art that acknowledges the broader reality of the entire human sensorium? How do we engage with a reality that often lies beyond all our assumptions of it? AN UNCODED WORLD: EXPLORING PLACES BEYOND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY is a directed, collaborative and dialogical residency that will facilitate common and poetic experiences to provoke the imagination and stimulate explorations of new ways to render human experiences in art. It will achieve this goal by using artist talks, thought experiments, workshops, poetry walks, group discussions, and a diversity of other experiences. An abundance of time will be provided for either studio practice or contemplation.
Ross Melanson (MA in Historical Theology, 2003, Breircrest Seminary) is a visual artist, independent scholar, and a seasoned teacher of philosophy and theology who is based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He is an Adjunct Professor of Art who has presented papers about the aesthetic theories of the American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention and other scholarly conferences. The conceptual and formal elements of his work are often in dialogue with the conceptual aspects of Marshall McLuhan. Melanson is the Founding Editor and Creative Director of the website www.page51.ca.
PERFORMANCE ART RESIDENCY: Are you OUT of your MIND!
Program Dates: June 2- 14, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
Price: $900 + HST
This residency will engage participants in critical discourse on contemporary performance art theory and praxis with a focus on yet not exclusive to indigenous experience. The residency will explore the history, current climate and ideas within performance art. Indigenous knowledge and practice will be engaged to understand ideas of the "other", and how we can become the "other" through performance practice. Being "othered" by society can create a open space that can be activated, this residency will assist you in finding your voice that will be activated through action. It will get you into your body and out of your mind.
This residency is an opportunity to overview indigenous performance art theory and praxis. While this workshop is based in indigenous praxis and knowledge, all people are welcome to explore and participate in "other" trajectories of performance practice. The workshops will take place over 8 days and will give participants the opportunity to view and discuss theory, history, current climate and ideas within contemporary performance practice. The discussions will link participants to other movements, current socio-cultural, political and activist trends. This residency will be fun, serious and completely different.
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. Adrian was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 for his human rights and diversity activism in various communities. He is represented by the Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he currently resides.
Handmade Movies: DIY Filmmaking Techniques
Program Dates: June 2–June 9, 2014
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
Price: $600+ HST
This hands-on workshop, appropriate for absolute beginners and small-gauge film fanatics alike, will focus on three do-it-yourself filmmaking techniques. Participants will learn aspects of operating a Super 8mm camera including perfecting exposure and utilizing the unique features of the format. We will focus on hand-processing black & white film onsite, experimenting with various techniques including the Russian hand processing tanks and the “bucket” method. Participants will shoot Tri-X Super 8 film stock and put the processing techniques into practice, viewing their footage and looking at other hand-processed films in order to examine the aesthetics and techniques of hand-processing. The workshop will also demonstrate additional camera-less DIY filmmaking techniques. Hands-on instruction will be supplemented by film screenings, and engagement with literature. Participants are encouraged to share their own films, or films that inspire them, in several informal screenings.
This workshop includes film, darkroom chemistry and supplies. Participants are encouraged to bring a Super 8mm camera if possible; several cameras will be available for use.
Sponsored by LIFT
Zoë Heyn-Jones is a Toronto-based researcher and visual artist whose handmade films have screened locally and internationally. Zoë is a member of the programming collective at Pleasure Dome and serves on the board of directors at LIFT (the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto). Zoë is a PhD student in Visual Arts at York University, focusing on experimental ethnography and expanded cinema. She studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.
THE UNOPENED CLAM
Program Dates: April 11 - 25, 2014
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Price: $850 + HST
When we make things that are not intentionally ugly, and yet do not subscribe to the standard ideals of beauty, we enter the zone of confrontational aesthetics. By experimenting in this territory, we ask ourselves "What happens if I decide to go down this questionable road, what unexpected results will I discover?" By simply choosing to go in a new direction, we get to experience the excitement of committing to a new direction. The results of these exercises can result in objects and gestures that are not fully digestible to our audience, since the content is not immediately recognizable even to ourselves. This area of confrontation challenges the idea that art is a safe place, and more accurately reflects the uncertain world we live in. By reevaluating how we are individually and collectively programmed to believe our own taste we will participate in a multifaceted accumulation of tests, turning things over and flipping things sideways, in an attempt to erase our taste. Believing in this process, that starting anywhere will get you somewhere, will build until we do not become distracted by meaning, only to understand that the meaning is fully inherent in our doing and invention.
Jay ISAAC (BFA, 1997, Emily Carr University of Art + Design) lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Recent exhibitions include an upcoming solo exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver and Second Eye (Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto); and group exhibitions Hunter and Cook Presents (Night Gallery, Los Angeles) and Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still-Life (Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver). Isaac (with Tony Romano) was the publisher and editor of Hunter and Cook Magazine from 2008 - 2011.
Program Dates: July 11-25, 2014
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
Price including HST: $975 for private accommodation, $700 for shared
is a two-week thematic residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. Its objective is to challenge “normativity” and "otherness.” Its goal is to reinvent and re-present the body in most inclusive and diverse ways. Audio-visual screenings, guest artist talks followed by studio visits, a gallery tour and readings, uncover how our bodies are culturally and aesthetically constructed, displayed and controlled. Cinema, artworks, philosophy, theology, transpersonal psychology, post-colonialism and social movements are explored for ideas in transgressing these forces. Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that reinvent the body through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, performance art, new media etc. Critiques of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency.
Teresa Ascencao is a media artist whose work deals with gender and sexuality constructs through unique cultural perspectives and technological approaches. Ascencao was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program, and received her MFA from OCADU University specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. Ascencao lives and works in Toronto and teaches Experience Design and Photography at OCADU.