Luminous Bodies 2017 Residency - Call For Artists

Luminous Bodies 2017- Call For Artists

Luminous Bodies 2017- Call For Artists

Artscape Gibraltar Point (AGP) announces a call for artists for Luminous Bodies 2017, a two-week residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body.

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Deadline: 15 Aug 2017

Dates of Residency: October 23 – November 6, 2017
No fees to apply. Residency fees: $890 for shared accommodation or $1090 for private bedroom, plus HST.

The residency’s objective is to challenge normativity and otherness. Its goal is to reinvent and re-present the body in most inclusive and diverse ways. Resident artist talks, gallery tours, visual and textual references, guest artist talks, and regular critiques (individual with Facilitator and group critiques) help uncover how our bodies are culturally and aesthetically constructed, displayed, and controlled.

The essence of Luminous Bodies 2017 is about bringing to light heterogeneous bodies. It welcomes people in all walks of life into a creative journey of critical innovation and self-discovery. People with disabilities, people of colour, and diverse gender identifications are encouraged to apply.

Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that reinvent the body through media of their choice. Media may include photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance, installation, sound art, and media art. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency. If preferred, artists may show in open studio fashion.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is an artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. It offers a distraction-free environment to focus on art creation. There is a rich potential for the creation of corporeal artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional). Natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens are 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. AGP is a barrier free and inclusive environment. The Toronto city core is a fifteen minute ferry ride away.

Luminous Bodies 2017 Artist Benefits

Artists will benefit through secluded and intensive focused studio time. Professional and peer-based instruction and critique in a unique and supportive environment is offered. Further, the communal living style of Artscape Gibraltar Point offers artists an opportunity to interact closely and on a personal level with their peers and fellow residency participants.

As well, the residency’s setting affords residents the chance to experience life in one of North America’s most unique communities, the Toronto Islands. The community has a unique history of social activism, creativity, and a generosity of spirit. Off island, artists can experience the vibrant arts and cultural scene of the city of Toronto. Toronto is one of North America’s largest cities, located only fifteen minutes away by ferry.

About Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artscape Gibraltar Point offers 35,000 square feet of affordable retreat space, artist studios, and accommodations for artists and creative thinkers. It is located in the former Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School. 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 800 artists have experimented and created art through self-directed artist retreats and thematic residencies hosted in the overnight accommodations. In addition to visiting artists, fifteen long-term artists work studios provide space for a range of painters, sculptors, musicians, theatre companies, and a recording studio. All of whom contribute to the unique and collaborative atmosphere at Artscape Gibraltar Point.

Over 600 charitable and not-for-profit groups have used the centre’s conference facilities to host staff retreats, training sessions, and strategic planning. Artscape Gibraltar Point also plays host to private events, managed by our Artscape Event Services team. As well, a number of unique partnerships have brought arts and music festivals to the centre’s grounds. These include Camp Wavelength, the New Traditions Festival, and the JanSport Bonfire Sessions.

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