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The Thematic Residency Program at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Islands, Ontario is now accepting applications for its Fall/Winter season. Enrollment in each two-week residency includes accommodation and studio space and is limited to ten places.


October: Monique Mouton (Los Angeles)
November: Gareth Long (New York City)
December: Maryse Larivière (Montréal)
January: Niall McClelland (Toronto)
February: Artie Vierkant (New York City)

The Thematic Residency Program offers artists the opportunity to work independently with the mentorship of a visiting professional artist, curator or critic working in international contemporary art. Thematic residencies explore various models including studio work, formal lectures, group discussion, peer collaboration and outdoor retreats. This direction allows individual residents to find common ground amongst each other's disparate practices and establish new connections through communal dialogue.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is located in a 35,000 sq. ft. former school building in the unique environment of Toronto Islands, a regional park on Lake Ontario only seven minutes by ferry ride from downtown Toronto. The largest car-free community in North America, the Islands consist of naturalized areas and wildlife reserves; beaches, forests, parks and marinas are linked by numerous walking and bike paths. Toronto Islands can be biked from end to end in approximately fifteen minutes.

To apply please use the Online Application Form

Program Dates: November 15 – 30, 2012
Application Deadline: October 3, 2012

Price: $850 + HST


The ship on which Theseus sailed with the youths and returned in safety–the thirty-oared galley–was preserved by the Athenians down to the time of Demetrius Phalereus. They took away the old planks and put sound timbers in their place, so that the ship became a classic illustration for the philosophers of the disputed question of growth and change; some declaring that the ship remained the same, others that it did not. - Plutarch, Theseus XXIII.1

This residency takes the philosophical conundrum illustrated in the paradox of the Ship of Theseus as a starting point to reflect on issues around copying, mimesis, iteration and repetition, particularly in relation to artistic objects and processes. In the parable, a ship is rebuilt as it decays, plank-by-plank until all the 'original' planks have been replaced. The problem that has puzzled philosophers over centuries is whether, once all the timbers have been replaced, it is still the same ship. Participants will be invited to take part in a series of readings, dialogues, guest lectures and studio visits that will expand on these themes.

Gareth LONG (MFA, 2007, Yale School of Art) lives and works in New York, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Roman Copies & Copié Romans, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles and Never Odd Or Even, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; and group exhibitions Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Learn To Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.


Program Dates: December 1 – 15, 2012
Application Deadline: October 31, 2012
Price: $850 + HST

Text, whether written by an artist, critic, curator or art historian, can communicate what is not necessarily expressed by a work of art. Yet what if an artwork could talk -- what kind of a conversation would it produce? The Pale Word And Other Pulses investigates in jest the different ways in which artists produce writing. Directed seminars will focus on considering the rich history of writings by artists, while poetic activities will allow the group to experiment with the formal qualities of text and words themselves. The texture of our thoughts will manifest themselves in group activities such as poetry hikes, epistolary interviews and rehearsals as translation. The resulting material will be collected in a publication.

Maryse LARIVIÈRE (MFA, 2011, University of Guelph) lives and works in Montréal, Quebec. Her recent solo exhibition Something Has To Change For Everything To Stay As It Is was at Parker Branch (London); she was awarded the Les Inclassables residency at Villa Arson (Nice); and is the co-founder of Pavilion Projects (Montréal), which has exhibited contemporary art projects since 2003.


Program Dates: January 1 – 15, 2013
Application Deadline: November 28, 2012
Price: $850 + HST

A network can be destroyed by noises that attack and transform it, if the codes in place are unable to normalize and repress them. - Jacques Attali

The established values associated with art production, such as the adherence to the archival concerns of materials, have bound art producers to standards that limit the creation of art objects. These values have held back innovation. Just like we have come to realize that ambient sounds in our daily lives are as profound as notes played on a bass, guitar or drum, there is a new noise in art. In the same way that musical culture has innovated through the use of noise, art production has the potential to expand the dialogue past the art-supply store standard. The canvas and stretcher is no better than the verse chorus verse in song structure. The new noise uses rust, dust, dirt and ashes as pigment, industrial materials as canvas, and the exposure to outdoor elements as process. During this residency artists will be encouraged to re-evaluate the potential of their immediate environment and establish new networks that look beyond the accepted standards of art production.

Niall MCCLELLAND (BDES, 2004, Emily Carr University of Art + Design) lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Recent solo exhibitions include One Tune Outta Turn, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco and Highest Prices Paid For Gold, Clint Roenisch, Toronto; and group exhibitions trans/FORM: Matter As Subject, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto and Like-Minded, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg.


Program Dates: February 1 – 15, 2013
Application Deadline: December 28, 2012
Price: $850 + HST

A meme, beyond its association with cats and YOLO, is a self-replicating strand of culture. It is a term for the analogy between the spread and selection of genetic information and of cultural materials, opinions, or ideas.

1) Art, like any action, is a meme. The habits of the contemporary artist have self-replicated into an international network of white walls and effete gestures; a torrent of similar images.
2) To understand the construction and limitations of this meme, we must step outside it.

This residency period will be spent considering these two principles. To begin with, we will spend time looking at our own practices to identify what strains of the art meme have filtered into our work, perhaps without our intent. By doing this we can reflect on what it is we hope to say, and what we do not wish to repeat.

We will then look outside of the art context to other parts of culture, to try to assess how different hierarchies and non-hierarchies function--alternative forms of attribution, authorship, and value. By looking to these, or inventing our own, we may find methods by which art's ambitions can be inserted into other territories, or methods by which we can come to fundamentally reassess our aims as authors. As a group we will come together to arrive at daily practices, discussions, or other interactions that will serve to enhance what we do with our time in and out of the studio.

Artie VIERKANT (MFA, 2011, University of Southern California, San Diego) lives and works in New York, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Artie Vierkant, Higher Pictures, New York City and Real Proper, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City; and group exhibitions Sound Works, Institute of Contemporary Art, London and Banal Inferno, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.


Departing from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in downtown Toronto at the foot of Bay St. & Queens Quay, the seven-minute ferry ride takes you across Toronto Harbour to Hanlan's Point. A five-minute bike ride brings you to our front door. Artscape Gibraltar Point is located at 443 Lakeshore Avenue on Toronto Islands.

Accommodations include fifteen private bedrooms with shared bathrooms, coin-operated laundry machines and Wi-Fi throughout the building. Residents share a communal kitchen with personal refrigerator space and dry storage. The kitchen is fully stocked with amenities including a stove, oven and microwave; generous counter space to prepare meals; dinnerware, flatware and cookware; and staples such as coffee, tea and sugar. A banquet table that seats eighteen sits at the center of the large bright room amongst couches and houseplants.

Studios are well-ventilated with high ceilings, tall windows and large walls. Tables, lamps and chairs are available. Facilities include a library, a black and white dark room, a woodworking studio, and a projector and PA system.

The building is located on acres of land that include a Blue Flag beach with an uninterrupted view of Lake Ontario, a forest, sprawling lawns and gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables. Tennis courts and a baseball diamond are nearby. The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Great Lakes, is located across the street.

For more information please contact Lucas Soi at +1 (416) 887-4854 or