Call for Applications: FPN Island Residency 2023

Programmed by Feminist Photography Network

Dianne Davis, detail from Uncharted Waters, 2013

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 11th, 11:59 pm EDT
Residency Dates: September 11-18, 2023
Location: Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands, Ontario

FPN Island is a one-week immersion residency on Toronto Island’s Artscape Gibraltar Point led by the guiding principles of valuing intergenerational and intersectional identities. This experience will advance participants’ practices and develop skills through mentorship, network building, and knowledge sharing. Thematic workshops (e.g. Approaching Public Art, Exploring Toronto Islands and Creating Collectives) will be provided alongside time dedicated to independent practice. All participants will live on-site, and we will cook communal dinners together where ingredients will be provided by Feminist Photography Network (breakfast and lunch will be the responsibility of the participant). Without the pressure of an end product, this residency focuses on the value of process, rather than outcomes, and advancing one’s practice through shared learning experiences.

FPN Island is open to women (cis and trans), two-spirit, and non-binary lens-based artists living in Canada. Participants must not be enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Four fellowships are available offering a free live/work space and a $500 honourarium. Visit our website for the criteria tied to the FPN BIPOC, BIPOC Photo Mentorship, FPN Intergenerational, and Northern Ontario Artist Placements. Successful applicants not selected for the fellowships above will be required to pay $550 (due August 1st) to cover the cost of a private sleeping quarter, with shared studio and bathroom.

Jennifer Long, Toronto Island ferry & studio views at Artscape Gibraltar Point

Submission Requirements (through Jot Forms):

1. Completed Application Form

  • Artist Practice Overview (250 word max)
  • Interest in this residency (250 word max)
  • CV (1-3 pages)
  • If applying for a free placement, provide a statement about how this support will impact your practice. (200 words max).
  • Support Materials (see form or our website for size and label guidelines)
    ◦  12 jpgs
    ◦  or 3 video clips under 2 min each
    ◦  or 6 jpgs & 1 video clip under 3 min
    ◦  Image credit list

2. FPN Administration Form

Adjudication will be based on artistic merit and the potential impact of the program on the artists’ practice and career.

If the submission guidelines pose a barrier, you may submit in a format that is more accessible to you (for example, audio or video) to

Jennifer Long, Toronto Island Park

Feminist Photography Network is a shifting collective led by co-directors, Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel, that uses grassroots strategies to support women and non-binary artist’s engagement with, and interrogation of, photography. Through various programming and partnerships, FPN supports a wide variety of artists in sustaining their practice by providing free professional development, networking and exhibition opportunities. FPN contributes to the community at large through broadening the awareness of a diversity of lens-based practices, and furthering dialogues on the relationship between gender and photography.

Artscape Gibraltar Point opened in 1999. Housed in a former school surrounded by 46 acres of parkland, it is operated by Artscape as an arts and cultural facility, open year-round. Over the years Artscape Gibraltar Point has hosted thousands of artists both local and international, who have taken advantage of the facility’s quiet and natural setting to focus on their practices and projects through short-term residencies and long-term studio rentals.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is a low-barrier venue with ramps into the building and large restroom stalls with handles on site. However, the site is located on a car-free island and a 35 min walk from the ferry terminal which could present accessibility challenges. Transportation will be provided from the ferry dock to the centre at the start and end of the residency. For more information email

Feminist Photography Network

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This residency is made possible by support from Canada Council for The Arts and our programming partners BIPOC Photo Mentorship Program and OCAD University.