Community engaged artists have been selected to participate in the fifth annual Artscape Gibraltar Point Winter Island Artist Residency program from January to May 2020. A jury comprised of previous Winter Island artist facilitators and Artscape staff selected Rhonda Weppler, sarah koekkoek , Mikiki and Studio Rat (Emily Allan & Dominique DiLibero) for a month of distraction-free studio time at Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands, where they will create a new community-engaged work through a collaborative process with the artist community and the general public. The artists selected are:
Rhonda Weppler – January 6 – February 3, 2020
Rhonda Weppler, a Canadian artist living in New York City, will work with island residents to make a series of models of island homes in an effort to explore relationships between public and private space and interrogate ideas of “homey-ness”. The resulting models will be incorporated into a photo-mural and light-based installation.
Weppler brings to the Winter Island program extensive international exhibition experience and has facilitated projects and workshops in Canada, The United Kingdom, San Francisco, Boston, and New York. Her work is represented in public collections including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montreal, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada.
sarah koekkoek – February 3 – March 2, 2020
Toronto-based dancer and choreographer sarah koekkoek will facilitate a series of public movement-based workshops open to people of all levels of dance/movement experience. The workshops will be centred around exploring the relationships of humans to the natural world.
Mikiki – February 25 – March 23, 2020
Mikiki is an experimental drag performer interested in interrogating our relationships to gender and sexuality through especially as they relate to the “non-sentient natural world”. As part of their residency Miki will host regular discussions with fellow drag performers and host a series of workshops and skill shares on a wide range of topics from winter vegetable preservation to vanitas portraiture.
Studio Rat – April 6 – May 4, 2020
Studio Rat is the collaborative studio practice of artists Emily Allan and Dominique DiLibero. Through their residency time they will invite members of the public and artistic community to learn about pneumatic design and related fabrication practices.
Studio Rat interprets inflated spaces as an accessible architecture of simple fabrication, paired with an almost immediate production of new spatial experiences. Through the making of an open-source publication and hands-on workshopping sessions they hope to dialogue with the community about the importance of circular design practices.
View full bios of the selected 2020 Winter Island Artists-in-Residence and stay tuned for further Winter Island 2020 programming announcements where you can participate and meet the artists.