Deadline: 02/02/2018

Luminous Bodies 2018

Residency dedicated to exploring the human body through multi & interdisciplinary artistic practice.

Description of residency program
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.
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.
Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that reinvent the body through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance, installation, sound art, media art, etc. There will be a closing exhibition of artworks created during the residency (if preferred, artists may show in open studio fashion).

The essence of Luminous Bodies 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.

AGP (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, 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. AGP is a barrier free and inclusive environment. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away.

Luminous Bodies prices include sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, programming and exhibition.

Arrivals are on July 3 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on July 16 before 11am. For more information visit or contact Teresa Ascencao at

FACILITATOR: Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist whose work toys with social forces that shape gender, seduction, consumption, and class. She was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. Ascencao holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program. She holds an MFA specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism from OCAD University. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU.

Duration of Residency
Two Weeks

Disciplines, Work Equipment and Assistance
Residency is open to artists working in all disciplines. Artists should plan to bring all materials relevant to their practice and creation process.

Private or Shared

Studio/ Workspace
Shared, furnished, large studio space provided

Fees and Support
$1020 + HST for shared accommodation or $1230 + HST for private bedroom, plus HST. (Payment in CDN Funds only). Regrettably financial aid is unavailable for this program. We encourage applicants to pursue funding opportunities afforded them by their national, regional, local and departmental funding agencies.      

Expectations towards the Artist
Artists will be expected to create work to be presented in an exhibition at the end of the two weeks.

Application Information
To apply, fill out the online form:*include your website or link to your work, and indicate you are applying to Luminous Bodies).

Luminous Bodies 2018

Luminous Bodies 2018


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