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 WiFi, 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: self-directed and 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.

Upcoming Programmed Residencies

Facilitator: Ilene Sova
Program Dates: May 9 to 23, 2015
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2015

Cost including taxes: $1,015 for private bedroom, or $750 for shared bedroom (includes private sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation and final exhibition)

This two-week FAC will provide a platform to explore social justice issues with a feminist lens. The FAC residency will gather artists together who focus on social justice issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media representation, cultural appropriation, environmental degradation and impact on Aboriginal lands, violence against women, and Islamophobic policies. We aim to create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. The residency will include individual studio time accented with group discussions, readings, video, reflection, guest speakers, group and individual critiques. The resulting work will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the residency and pending curatorial acceptance will be included in a spotlight exhibition at FAC 2015.

Facilitator and founder of FAC, Ilene Sova is a conceptual portrait painter who creates paintings which reference anti-oppression feminist themes. She has an MFA in Painting from the University of Windsor and her work has been shown in extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Most notably, her work has been shown at the Department of Canadian Heritage, MOCCA, and at Guadi’s Casa Batlo for the prestigious Barcelona Showcase. Sova’s work has been featured in a variety of television, web and print media including Al Gore’s television program The Current, Canada AM, The Toronto Star, CBC Radio and the Toronto Standard. Sova’s work was featured in the  Journal of Psychology and Councelling, Nigerian Arts Journal Tabula, the Italian feminist journal WOMANOCLOCK and she was chosen to speak at Toronto’s first TEDx Women in December 2013. Most recently, Sova was invited by two MP’s to bring her work to Ottawa for the national Women’s Forum on feminism.

FAC art residency is limited to 20 residents of multidisciplinary artists (literature, visual arts, theatre, spoken word, music, visual arts, and film) The cost for the two weeks including taxes is $1015 for private accommodation, or $750 for shared. The fee includes private sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation and final exhibition. Arrivals are on May 9th, 2015 after 1pm and before 3pm, and departure on May 23rd before 11am. Submissions are accepted until February 15th deadline. For more information contact Ilene Sova at and Teresa Ascencao

To apply, complete our online form. Please provide a link to your artworks online if you do not have a website.

Facilitator: Teresa Ascencao
Program Dates: July 3 to 17, 2015
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015

Cost including taxes: $1,015 for private bedroom, or $750 for shared bedroom (package includes accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation, and an exhibition)

Luminous Bodies is a two-week 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. The essence of Luminous Bodies is about bringing to light heterogeneous bodies. It welcomes people in all walks of life and genders into a creative journey of critical innovation and self-discovery.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is a peaceful artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on art creation, and a rich potential for the creation of corporeal artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional) and natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables. On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique carnival grounds. Cozy up in a furnished studio and bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless Internet. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away. 

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 OCAD 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 at OCADU. 

Luminous Bodies is limited to 15 residents. Skills guidance is available in photography, video editing and installation. Prices include sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation and exhibition. Arrivals are on July 3 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on July 17 before 11am. For more information visit or contact Teresa Ascencao at

To apply, complete our online form. Please provide a link to your artworks online if you do not have a website.

Facilitators: Zoë Heyn-Jones & Eva Kolcze
Program Dates: June 1 to June 8, 2015
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015
Cost: $750 + HST
This hands-on filmmaking workshop, appropriate for absolute beginners and small-gauge film enthusiasts alike, will focus on artisanal film techniques while engaging with the specific geography of the Toronto Islands. 
Spend a week on beautiful Hanlan’s Point investigating the compelling materiality of celluloid film. We will explore various hand-processing techniques on Super 8 and 16mm film, exploring the creative and aesthetic potential of film in conjunction with notions of site specificity and psychogeography. 
We will embrace experimentation, chance, and accident in our process, thinking of the filmmaking process as a cycle not separate from the natural, ecological cycles that encompass our lives and practices. An alternative to traditional filmmaking instruction, we forego the rules in favour of integrating cycles of experimentation, growth, and decay.
We will teach you:
  • Basic camera theory and how to use the Super 8 and Bolex 16mm cameras
  • How to hand process black and white16mm and Super 8 film
  • Decay techniques using bleach, soil, oil and salt
  • Painting, drawing, and scratching on film; tinting and toning
We will provide:
  • A bedroom and shared studio at Artscape Gibraltar Point
  • Hands-on instruction supplemented by film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature 
  • Black and white film, darkroom chemistry and supplies
  • Super 8 and Bolex cameras, though supplies will be limited and you are encouraged to bring your own
Participants are encouraged to share their own films, or films that inspire them, in several informal screenings.
Generously supported by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers (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.
Eva Kolcze is a Toronto-based artist filmmaker who has made several films on the Toronto Islands. Her 2012 film Modern Island has screened locally and internationally at Images Festival, Anthology Film Archives, International Festival Rotterdam and Antimatter Film Festival. Her work explores landscape, architecture and the body through material investigations with the surface of celluloid. She recently completed a Masters of Fine art in Film Production at York University and a holds BFA in Integrated Media at OCAD U.



Artscape Gibraltar Point
443 Lakeshore Ave., Toronto Island Toronto, ON
43° 36' 46.44" N, 79° 23' 2.436" W