Deadline: 15/08/2018

Once Upon Water: Toronto Island 2018

A two-week art residency on Toronto Island exploring the material & magical notions of water.

ONCE UPON WATER: Toronto Island 2018
Programmed Art Residency
Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Canada
Facilitator, Teresa Ascencao
Program Dates: Sep 17 – Oct 1, 2018
Submission Deadline: Open until filled, but no later than August 15
Cost: $1020 for shared accommodation or $1230 for private bedroom, plus HST.
(package includes sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation,
programming, and a closing exhibition)

Water is in constant flow and yet may present itself as still ~ a mirror that mesmerizes. In this state its reflective surface invites gazing at our physical selves, but also beyond our bodies to contemplate both our inner experiences and relationships with the outer world. Water gushes from deep below earth’s crevices, falls from its elevations and hovers in misty formations. It traverses time, shape-shifts as it slides through various spaces, and is one of earth’s greatest Sculptors. At once, water pours out of taps in developed countries as a banal occurrence, while women in developing countries trek miles to fetch it clean.
Alarmingly, earth is under threat of losing all its sea ice this century, while future wars are predicted to be fought over water rather than oil. Yet, the world’s greatest religions say water holds the power to purify and renew.
Due to record rains in 2017, forty percent of Toronto Island flooded and islanders were closed to the public. The waters have since receded and island life is once again thriving, but physical remnants and stories of the flood remain. We welcome people in all walks of life into a creative journey of criticality thinking and self-discovery in relation to water on Toronto Island.
Indigenous, people with disabilities, people of colour and diverse gender identifications are encouraged to apply. Not all residency locations are wheel chair accessible. Please inquire about accessibility.
During Once Upon Water, residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore tangible and intangible concepts of water through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc. Artists will have opportunities to socialize and integrate with people who live on, and visit, Toronto island.
This programmed residency offers facilitation by multimedia artist Teresa Ascencao, a “water workshop” in movement arts, resident artist talks, a special guest artist talk, gallery tours in the city centre, creative and critical dialogue by the shoreline, and plenty of studio time. Critiques of residents’ works occur on a regular basis, individually with the Facilitator and through facilitated group discussions. 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, and a rich potential for the creation of water-themed 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.

FACILITATOR: Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist with special interest in body language, socially inscribed objects, spaces and costumes, and inner and outer corporeal experiences. She collaborated on Water Portals, an interactive work of digitally rendered water ripples triggered by dancers bodies.
As an environmentalist, her most recent work has been to protect Toronto’s waterfront through the organization she founded, Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront. Ascencao graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto’s Honours Fine Art Studio program, and received her MFA from OCAD University specializing in Media Art. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally. Ascencao’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at OCADU. Ascencao’s artworks can be viewed at

Arrivals are on September 17 from 1pm to 3pm, and departures on October 1st before 11am. For more
information contact Teresa Ascencao at

Duration of Residency
Two Weeks

Disciplines, Work Equipment and Assistance
The residency is open to artists working in all genres and musical traditions. Residents should bring all materials they deem necessary to the successful completion of their project.

Private or shared

Studio/ Workspace
Shared, furnished, large studio space provided. 

Fees and Support
$1020 for shared accommodation or $1230 for private bedroom, plus HST.
(package includes sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation, programming, and a closing exhibition)

Regrettably financial aid is not available for this program. However, you are encouraged to pursue funding opportunities through your federal, provincial, municipal and departmental granting bodies. Letters of confirmation can be provided to successful residents upon request.

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to participate in and engage with workshops, offer feedback and meaningful critique to fellow artists, and create new works.  

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

Once Upon Water: Toronto Island 2018

Once Upon Water: Toronto Island 2018


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