Kids, teens and adults have an opportunity to take over Gibraltar Point on January 26 from 1 PM – 4 PM for a “Winter Fun Day” as part of the 2019 installment of its Winter Island Artist-In-Residence project.
The fun began on Jan. 18, when artist Allison Rowe and youth from the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club spent the day building a large outdoor snow fort.
But why a snow fort?
“I was inspired by the 80s classic film The Dog Who Stopped the War, or in French: La Guerre des Tuques” Rowe confesses. “And that movie is an epic, beautiful tale of kids who spend days and days outside hanging out in these big snowforts.”
For Rowe, winter as an adult is restricted to waiting in the cold for the bus. But she wanted to build a project that shows people that winter is about so much more.
“I wanted to do a project that brought together children with people from the public to really find the joy in winter again,” says Rowe.
On Winter Fun Day, Island residents, the Artscape Gibraltar Point community and members of the public will have a chance to truly experience the joy of winter. As part of her residency, Rowe has created a series of activities designed to celebrate the unique experience of winter on the Toronto Islands.
Snow Fort and/or Winter Shelter Building (Weather Determinate)
Indoor Warming Lounge
Short Film Screenings
Shuttle Service provided from Ward’s Island to Artscape Gibraltar Point on January 26, 2019:
1:15 PM – Departs Ward’s Dock
4:00 PM – Departs Artscape Gibraltar Point
For more information and to stay updated, RSVP on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/528302541006593/