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01 - 20 Aug. 2017

Call for Applications: The Islands Arts Writing Residency

November 1 - December 15, 2017
Call for Applications: The Islands Arts Writing Residency

Application deadline: August 20, 2017
Residency period: November 1 to December 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, Canada, from November 1 to December 15, 2017.

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 second iteration of The Islands, following the inaugural residency in Spring 2017 undertaken by curator, writer and publisher Joseph del Pesco.

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:

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.

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

Detailed Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum)

1 letter of recommendation from a professional in your field. 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 3 images (maximum) in JPEG format, with relevant caption information

2 samples of your published work (each 6000 characters including spaces, approx. 750 words)

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. 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.

Selection Process

The successful candidate will be selected by a jury which includes writer and organizer Amy Fung; curator, cultural worker and writer cheyanne turions; Alexandra McIntosh, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts; Nicolaus Schafhausen, Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts and Danielle St-Amour, Director of Art Metropole.

Amy Fung is a writer, researcher and curator currently based in Toronto, Canada, with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. She has published her writings in Canadian Art, Art Papers, C Magazine, Fuse, and Frieze, among other publications and is a co-founder of MICE Magazine. She is currently writing her first book.

cheyanne turions is a curator, cultural worker and writer currently based in Canada. From the farmlands of Treaty 8, she is of settler and Indigenous ancestry. She holds a master’s degree in Visual Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Currently, turions is the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has previously held positions at Art Metropole, Gallery TPW, the Images Festival, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, SBC galerie d’art contemporain and Trinity Square Video.

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.


Steffen Jagenburg, M.V. Capt. Earl W. Windsor ferry, Fogo Island, 2013; Postcard of Toronto Ferry Company ferry crossing from the city of Toronto to Toronto Island, circa 1907.

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