Call for Applications: 2020 Programmed Artist Residencies


Call for Applications: Artscape Gibraltar Point’s 2020 Programmed Artist Residencies on the Toronto Islands

Various Deadlines: December 2 – March 2, 2019
Program Dates: January 31 – July 20, 2020 with more to be added in the coming weeks!

Artscape Gibraltar Point is pleased to officially launch its official 2020 Programmed Artist Residency and Application Schedule. Covering a vast array of topics, media and, interests—from food security to the human body, from earth-based spiritual practices to programs for artist-parents and their families—our programmed artist residencies offer participants the opportunity to attend a directed course of study lead by expert facilitators.

Located in the former Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School, Artscape Gibraltar Point offers 35,000 square feet of affordable retreat space, artist studios and overnight accommodations for artists and creative thinkers. The tranquil, idyllic setting is world-renowned as a centre for members of the artistic and non-profit communities to think, experiment, collaborate and share ideas.

More than 700 artists a year from across the globe experiment and create art through self-directed artist retreats and thematic residencies hosted in our guest rooms. In addition to hosting a maximum of 20 visiting artists at any given time, fifteen long-term artist work studios and a recording studio provide space for a range of painters, sculptors, musicians and filmmakers – all of whom contribute to the unique and collaborative atmosphere at Artscape Gibraltar Point.

Residencies range in cost, length of time and admission criteria. Many feature some combination of private or shared accommodation, and all feature shared studio access.

2020 Programmed Artist Residencies


Currently, we are seeking applications for the following 2020 artist residencies, with more programs to be added in the coming weeks.

Imbolc Creative Visioning Retreat: Weekend Intensive

Residency Dates: January 31-February 3, 2020
Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

Kickstart your vision for 2020 and join us for this amazing opportunity to experience the final waning phase of the moon and the Wiccan Sabbath of Imbolc and then leave refreshed and just in time for the new moon. Learn more.

Alchemy Island: Food, Art, Garden, Table

Residency Dates: April 20-27, 2020
Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

Alchemy is an international artist led residency devoted to exploring the synergy between artistic practice and the sharing of food in community settings. Learn more.

Awakening: Earth-Based Spirituality & Art

Residency Dates: June 15-26, 2020
Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Awakening is an intensive and immersive thematic residency open to all professional and emerging artists of all disciplines and witches who are exploring spirituality and creativity. Learn more.

Luminous Bodies: The Human Body in Artistic Practice

Residency Dates: June 29-July 13, 2010
Application Deadline: February 24, 2020

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. Learn more.

MOTHRA: Child-Inclusive, Artist-Parent Residency

Residency Dates: July 13-29, 2020
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020

This Artist-Parent week-long residency is part of MOTHRA’s ongoing Artist-Parent Project based in Toronto. This project will push the boundaries surrounding attitudes towards childcare, artist-parents, and the inclusion of children by creating a multi-generational co-working opportunity for artists. Learn more.

Self-Directed Winter Artist Residency Opportunities

As always our self-directed residency is accepting applications on an ongoing basis. Potential residents are encouraged to take advantage of discounted winter rates.

To apply for a self-directed winter residency, please use the following form. Residencies, generally book for a minimum 1 week stay beginning and ending on Mondays. Apply now.


For more information on availability or to receive a Welcome Kit that outlines the Artscape Gibraltar Point residency experience and answers many common questions about the program, please contact:

Andrew Lochhead, Residency & Programming Coordinator
443 Lakeshore Avenue, Toronto Island, Toronto M5J 2W2
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00PM
416 392 7837

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About Artscape
Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape is the operator of Artscape Gibraltar Point. Our work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions. Learn more at