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.

Self-Directed Residencies:

Programmed Residencies:

March Break Deal 
Book your self-directed residency for any time from March 1 - 31 and save. Only $300+ HST/wk or $400+HST/10 days. Book now!

Self-directed residencies are perfect for artists seeking time and space to independently pursue their creative projects. Artists can apply to do a self-directed residency at any time.


Programmed Residencies allow artists to work independently with the mentorship of a visiting professional artist working in international contemporary art. Various models are explored including studio work, lectures, group discussion, collaboration and outdoor retreats, permitting residents to find common ground between practices and establish new connections. Artists 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

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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.

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.

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Facilitator: Zoe Kreye & Cathering Grau

Program Dates: June 1 to 14, 2015
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015

Cost including taxes: $1,115 for private bedroom, or $850 for shared bedroom (package includes accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation, and final event)

unlearning practices artists residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point

Unlearning Practices Residency is a two week facilitated exploration of other ways of knowing and being. Unlearning is an active practice of de-conditioning our bodies and minds – and researching through embodiment and expanding our ability to feel. Drawing from years of research in the fields of somatic practices, performance art, alternative pedagogy, social justice and eco-feminist philosophy, Unlearning Practices will facilitate both personal and shared explorations of how to re-wild inner landscapes and open up our senses and perception to the living world around us. On the natural setting of Toronto Island, the residency will be structured as a creative workshop retreat, offering daily facilitated exercises, hands-on tools and resources for individual exploration, embodied research methods, individual studio time, communal meals, and the opportunity to collaboratively produce a final event. For anyone working with embodiment, performance art, dance, alternative pedagogy, land art, social justice, healing, or simply craving to realign through creative processes – this residency will offer the space and tools to nourish and regenerate yourself while opening up to new sources of inspiration. There is more to life than we know!

Zoe Kreye and Catherine Grau have been collaborating as artists on the theme of unlearning for over six years. They have accumulated a repertoire of tools, exercises, methods and approaches and their art practice can be understood as a living unlearning environment: looking for new ways of activating perception and finding perspectives that enable creative criticality. Interested in invisible and often dismissed forms of learning, they use performativity, play and ceremony as way to counter the overly rational, exploitative, neo-liberal and patriarchal systems we exist within. Their projects are process-based and participatory, often inviting the public into sensorial performances, walks, processions and workshops. Their collaboration has recently evolved from looking to reclaim and activate contested public space to digging deeper into the fabric on the human condition and creative acts of healing. Recent projects and exhibitions include: Measures for Saving the World #5 - <rotor> Center for Contemporary Art, Graz AU; Unlearning Retreat for FOReCAST - Responsive Art in the Public Realm, ADRIART (International Master Study Program in Contemporary Arts), Graz AU; Collective Walks / Spaces of Contestation - Unit/PITT Gallery, Vancouver CA; Unlearning Weekenders - Goethe Satellite, Vancouver CA; How to Walk Together - {HotelMariaKapel} Resdiency, Hoorn NL; Collective Tasks for Überlebenskunst - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin DE. For more information on the Facilitators visit: and

Unlearning Practices Residency is limited to 13 residents selected through an application process. The cost for the two weeks including taxes is $1115 for private accommodation, or $850 for a shared room. The fee includes private sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, workshops, and final event. Arrivals are on June 1 after 1pm and before 3pm, and departure on June 14 before 11am. For more information about submissions, facilities and the Artscape program, contact Teresa Ascencao at: For more information about the Unlearning Practices Residency, contact Zoe and Catherine Submissions are accepted until March 31st.

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

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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.

Facilitators: Claire M. Tallarico, Pat Jeffries, Louisa Milan
Program Dates: August 7 to 17, 2015
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015

Cost including HST: $950 for a private bedroom, or $800 for shared bedroom (package includes accommodation, shared meals, large shared studio, workshop facilitation, and an exhibition)

Alchemy is a 10-day residency devoted to the exploration of the synergy between artistic practice and the growing, cooking and sharing of Island cultivated food. Residents will have the opportunity to launch projects individually or collaboratively to create art, sculpture, photography, performance art, writing or video inspired by the garden and shared through a closing exhibit for work created during the residency.
Residents will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own practice during the garden’s lush summer season with opportunities to join our gardeners and volunteers in the garden or share culinary creativity for communal dinners during the residency. Menus will be based on the Group’s appetite for sharing what is available from the garden in mid to late summer. There will be readings and discussions about the creative intersection of food and art, guest talks will help us better understand the magic and inspiration created by making and sharing art and food.

Alchemy will be curated and facilitated by three strong advocates for the Gardens at AGP and its integration into artistic life and practice at Gibraltar Point. Claire M. Tallarico is a trained chef, urban gardener and emerging visual artist passionate about exploring the intersection between creative practice and food. AGP Head Gardener Pat Jeffries is a visual artist and farmer interested in food and art on a variety of levels, ranging from the pleasures and gift of food and how current political, economic and climatic events threaten our food security. Luisa Milan is a textile artist, chef and shape maker of many creative mediums. 

Alchemy is limited to 10 residents. Skills guidance is available in culinary arts, painting, music making, activist art. Prices include sleeping quarters, large shared studio spaces, facilitation and exhibition. Arrivals are on Friday August 7 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on Monday August 17th before 11am. For more information please contact Claire M. Tallarico at or Teresa Ascencao at

To apply, fill out the online form: (Please provide a website or link to your greening, culinary or artworks online).


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