Artscape Gibraltar Point

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 Programme since: 1999
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: 1986
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: between 11 and 16
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 16 and 20
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Computer
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Rates vary depending on duration, please visit our website for more information.
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Both
    Nearest Airport: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Union Station
    Street & Number: 443 Lakeshore Avenue
    Postal Code: M5J 2W2
    City: Toronto
    Country long: Canada