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12 - 29 Apr. 2018

Call for Applications - The Islands

Summer/Fall 2018
Call for Applications: The Islands Arts Writing Residency

Application deadline: April 29, 2018
Residency period: July 23 to September 4, 2018

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, Canada, from July 23 to September 4, 2018.

The Islands invites emerging and established arts writers and artists with a writing practice to think about writing, remoteness, isolation and time 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. This is the third iteration of The Islands, following a spring 2017 residency with curator, writer and publisher Joseph del Pesco, and a fall 2017 residency with visual artist Merve Ünsal.

Application Criteria

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.

How to Apply

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

Applications are online only, and include the following:

Short biography and artist statement (1500 characters including spaces, approx. 200 words)

Project proposal (4500 characters including spaces, approx. 600 words)
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.

Detailed Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum), in PDF form

1 letter of recommendation from a professional in your field, in PDF form 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

If applicable, up to 5 images (maximum) in JPEG format, with relevant caption information

up to 3 samples of your published work (3 pages maximum, in PDF form)

Accommodation, Travel and Workspace

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 – just a 10-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. A bicycle will be provided as well as ferry tickets for four return trips and shuttle pick-up and drop-off island side to transport the recipient to and from the ferry docks and Artscape Gibraltar Point.

Selection Process

The successful candidate will be selected by a jury which includes artist Nadia Belerique; Michael Maranda, ex-artist and Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; Alexandra McIntosh, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts; Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts; and Danielle St-Amour, Director of Art Metropole.

About Art Metropole
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.

About Fogo Island Arts
Fogo Island Arts is a residency-based contemporary art venue that supports research and production of new work for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought some of the most exciting, emerging and renowned artists of today to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada to take part in residencies and to present solo exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery. Combining contemporary art, iconic architecture and social innovation in a singular setting, FIA is a world-class institution that is uniquely rooted in community. Fogo Island Arts is an initiative of the Shorefast Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to improving the social, cultural and economic conditions on Fogo Island and other small places around the world.

About Artscape
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.


Image credit - Joseph Del Pesco.

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