Artscape Gibraltar Point

General information

Brief description of organisation

Artscape Gibraltar Point is Artscape’s most unique and tranquil property located in a secluded park setting with its own beachfront on Toronto Islands. Opened in 2000, the project was catalyzed by a group of Toronto Island residents who contacted Artscape when the historic former Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School was threatened with demolition. Working with the City of Toronto, Artscape created a new vision for the site that included an artists’ lodge and retreat centre, and long-term artist work studios.

Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Artscape Gibraltar Point is an artist residency centre located in a former public school on the Toronto Islands, just a 10-minute ferry ride away from downtown. The facility is surrounded by acres of lush parkland and steps away from a beautiful sandy beach. Nearby is the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Toronto’s oldest landmark.

Open year-round, Artscape Gibraltar Point offers two kinds of residencies: Self-directed Residencies and Programmed Residencies. Self-directed residencies are for individual artists seeking time and space to independently pursue their creative ventures. Programmed residencies are term stays organized around a particular theme or idea. They are often collaborative, are directed by a facilitator, and often (but not always) involve a final project or event.

Rentals at Artscape Gibraltar Point consist of a furnished private bedroom and studio. Amenities include a fully-equipped common kitchen, shared bathroom, laundry facilities, wireless internet, bicycle rentals for on-island excursions, and a beautiful beach on Lake Ontario.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Other

Not-for-proft Arts Centre

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time

between 16 and 20

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


OtherNature Reserve in the City

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios

between 16 and 20

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Long-term Artist Work Studios, Special Events

How to reach

Nearest airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Link to Google Maps

Find us on Google Maps

Contact information

Artscape Gibraltar Point
443 Lakeshore Avenue
M5J 2W2 Toronto

Phone: 416-392-1030
Fax: 416-392-7160

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