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Winter Island Artist Residency Exhibition comes to the city this summer at Artscape Youngplace

A building wide scavenger hunt, kite created maps, and physical and spiritual journeys between the Toronto and Hawaiian Islands all featured in the work of artists selected for Winter Island Artist Residency earlier this year.

Four artists spent the winter months living and working at the world renowned artist residency and studios at Artscape Gibraltar Point, while providing community arts and public programming to Toronto residents.

Sandra Smirle (Montreal, QC), for example, is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal who created a “map” of the ever-changing shoreline of Toronto Island using aerial mapping techniques.

Artscape Gibraltar Point Sandra Smirle

Sandra Smirle prepare to unleash a balloon to track the shorelines of Toronto Island. (Photo contributed)

Photographer, video artist and storyteller, Brendan George Ko, who lives between Toronto and Maui, presented stories collected from the Indigenous oral traditions of Hawai’ian Islands during Winter Island, that he translated through spoken word, documentary video, and landscape photography.

Toronto-based, interdisciplinary artist, Allison Rowe, partnered with the children at Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club to create a family-friendly Winter Fun Day full of activities like a kid created scavenger hunt of the island.

Artscape Gibraltar Point Winter Island Artist Residency

Families loved the snow painting activity at the Winter Fun Day. (Photo Contributed)

As well, Addae Nurse, an emerging Toronto-based artist whose work involved the investigation of class and the re-contextualization of race through appropriated imagery. He won this year’s Juror’s Emerging Artist Award.

Now, the culminating Winter Island Artist Residency Exhibition, showcasing the artists’ work created at Artscape Gibraltar point is coming to the city this summer.

Because of the flooding on the Toronto Islands earlier this summer, Artscape Youngplace was selected to host the second annual Winter Island Artist Residency exhibition before the waters had receded.

Running from July 29-August 19, islanders and mainlanders can flock to see the work of this year’s participating artists, with a special opening celebration on August 1.


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