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05 Dec. 2016 - 06 Jan. 2017


Summer Edition, May/June, 2017

Application deadline: January 6, 2017
Residency period: May 1 – 31 – June 15, 2017

Art Metropole and Fogo Island Arts are seeking applications for The Islands, a two part residency that aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art. Open to Canadian and international applicants, The Islands will take place on Fogo Island and at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, from May 1 to June 15, 2017.

The Islands invites emerging and established arts writers and artists with a writing practice to propose a project to be executed across two unique locations.

The successful candidate will spend a month on Fogo Island as part of Fogo Island Arts’ residency program, followed by two weeks on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point. The project will culminate in a small publication funded, published, and distributed by Art Metropole.

The Islands is a residency partnership conceived and organized by Art Metropole and Fogo Island Arts, with support from Artscape.


Arts writing practices may range in structure, content, and medium, addressing various forms and disciplines that may include poetry, art criticism, and experimental writing, and periodical production (journals, art books, magazines).

Applications should directly consider the role of writing and criticism in contemporary art, and take into consideration the unique circumstances of the residencies.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must:

• Have published a minimum of two arts writing texts or critical essays on contemporary art
• Hold a valid driver’s license, and be responsible for acquiring the necessary visa if coming from a foreign country

The successful candidate will be required to give a public presentation on Fogo Island and at Artscape Gibraltar Point, and to present their work at Art Metropole, Toronto.


Please carefully read the application guidelines below, and then click here to begin your application.

Applications are online only, and include the following:

• Project proposal (6000 characters maximum)
A description of your proposed project and how it fits into your larger practice. Include a description about what you hope to accomplish during the residency.

• Short biography and artist statement (2000 characters maximum)

• Detailed Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)

• 1 letter of recommendation from a professional in your field

• If applicable, up to 5 images (maximum) in JPEG format, with relevant caption information
Your referee should be able to address your professional qualifications and artistic merit, as well as the possible benefit of your participation in the residency.

• 3 samples of your published work (each 6000 characters maximum)


The successful candidate will be provided with private accommodation and studio space on both Fogo and Toronto islands, as well as a weekly stipend to offset the costs of materials and day-to-day living expenses. Travel expenses are also covered.

Applicants should keep in mind that this residency takes place in two locations, and requires significant travel.

Fogo Island is a remote island with limited amenities. A vehicle will be provided for the duration of the residency.

Toronto Island is North America’s largest urban car-free community. Bicycles will be provided as well as a Ferry Pass for the duration of the residency. Toronto Island is a 20-minute ferry ride from Toronto’s harbour.


The successful candidate will be selected by a jury which includes Los Angeles-based artist Silke Otto-Knapp; Toronto-based artist Lili Huston Herterich; Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director of Kunsthalle Wien and Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts; and Danielle St-Amour, Director of Art Metropole.

Lili Huston-Herterich is a Toronto-based artist. Her studio practice is informed by site and space space, and often takes the form of collaborations and installation. In the summer of 2015, Huston-Herterich worked on Fogo Island for the Shorefast Foundation guiding cyanotype and frottage workshops from a studio on the shore. These workshops, conceptually rooted in the use of the natural elements of the island’s landscape, will be offered on the island again the summer of 2016. Her work has exhibited widely in Canada and the US, and she is currently participating in the 2016 Performance-in-Residence program with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be A Part of Your Revolution (Amsterdam) with the Toronto-based exhibition and archive project Chroma Lives.

Silke Otto-Knapp was born in Osnabrueck in 1970. She completed a degree in cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany and received her MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Until 2013, Silke lived and worked in London. In 2014 she relocated to Los Angeles where she is Associate Professor for Painting and Drawing at UCLA. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include “Land lies in water” at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; “Monday or Tuesday” at Camden Arts Center, London; “Questions of Travel” at Kunsthalle Vienna, and “Geography and Plays” at Kusthal Charlottenborg. Her work has been shown at Tate Britain, the Hammer Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Migros Museum, and Van Abbemuseum. Over the past several years, Otto-Knapp has been awarded several residencies at Fogo Island Arts, the topography of the island has strongly influenced her practice.

Nicolaus Schafhausen is Director of Kunsthalle Wien (since 2012). Previously he was director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki (NIFCA), director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. He was also founding director of the European Kunsthalle, an initiative to establish a new art institution in Cologne, from 2005 to 2007. Schafhausen was the curator of the German Pavilion in 2007 and 2009, and of the Kovoso Pavilion in 2015 at the Venice Biennale. He was co-curator of the f irst Brussels Biennale in 2008, curator of the Dutch House at Expo 2010, Shanghai, co-curator of the 55th October Salon, Belgrade (2014) and co-curator of the 6th Moscow Biennale (2015). He has also curated exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Lenbachhaus, Munich; National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo; and the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, among others. In addition to his extensive experience in leading institutions and curating exhibitions, he is the author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. Schafhausen is Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts.


Art Metropole is a not-for-profit organization with a focus on the production, dissemination and contextualization of artist-initiated publication in any media, especially those formats and practices predisposed to sharing and circulation. Art Metropole was founded in Toronto in 1974 by the artists’ group General Idea. Art Metropole is incorporated under the laws of the province of Ontario and a registered charitable organization.


Fogo Island Arts is a residency-based contemporary art venue for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers, and thinkers from around the world, located on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.


Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Artscape Gibraltar Point is a secluded artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island, the largest urban car-free community in North America just a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. Gibraltar Point hosts programmed artist residencies and provides studio rentals year-round and offers the opportunity to engage with the vibrant arts and events of the larger Artscape community.

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