Alchemy is an international artist led residency devoted to exploring the synergy between artistic practice and the sharing of food in community settings. Since 2015, nearly 70 artists from around the world have come to Alchemy at one of its two locations — the Toronto Islands and in rural Prince Edward County Ontario, Canada. Alchemy Island will be our only traditional programmed residency in 2020
A community setting for inquiry and discovery
Shared meals, readings and discussions probe the creative intersection of food and art in a community setting. Guest talks from artists, chefs and makers help us better understand the magic and inspiration created by making and sharing art and food.
This residency brings together selected artists working in a variety of mediums ranging from visual arts, sculpture, photography, craft, food, performance art, writing and video. Participants share their work and practices while also contributing culinary creativity to lively salon style communal discussions and dinners.
Alchemy Island 2020 will be facilitated by two long time collaborators for this work:
Claire M Tallarico, a visual artist, chef and urban gardener whose practice explores how the everyday activities of art making and food sharing, can make a difference in our communities.
Tonia Di Risio, a visual artist whose work has developed through ongoing investigations of the growing, making, preserving, celebrating, and sharing of food.
Duration of residency
Private accommodation is available for artists.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
The residency is open to artists working in all media who have a specific interest in the intersection of food, cooking, gastronomical sciences and contemporary artistic practice. While Artscape Gibraltar Point provides space for accommodation, work and meal preparation, we expect all artists to come prepared with all materials and equipment they deem necessary to the successful realization of their project.
Studio / Workspace
Shared, furnished, large studio space provided.
Fees and support
The cost to attend Alchemy 2020 is $925.00 CDN + HST Regretfully, we are unable to provide honoraria or stipends to cover travel or the fees associated with attending this residency. Artscape Gibraltar Point is happy to provide letters of support to any funding programs to which artists wish to apply. We encourage applicants to pursue funding opportunities afforded them by their national, regional, local and departmental funding agencies.
Expectations towards the artist
Artists are expected to actively contribute to the ongoing dialogue and activities offered as part of the residency in a positive and respectful manner.