Artscape Gibraltar Point is located on the Toronto Islands, surrounded by 46 acres of parkland and adjacent to a beach on Lake Ontario. Its tranquil setting offers artists and creatives an ideal place to focus on their practice and projects, and makes for a unique event space for meetings, retreats, outdoor festivals, workshops and more. Over the years this property has hosted thousands of local and international artists in residence.
Pre-occupancy (development) cost: $75,000
Former site: Public school (the Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School, part of the Toronto District School Board)
Affordability model: Below-market rental (commercial)
Building Ownership Detail: Leased to Artscape by the City of Toronto
Area (square feet): 35,000
Spaces included: 15 work studios (long-term), 10 bedrooms and studios (for short-term residencies), and five multi-purpose spaces
Tenants: 17 long-term studio residents, see website for details
Building accessibility: There are ramps into the building, and large restroom stalls with handles on site.
Developer: Toronto District School Board
The rather quaint name for the artist residency program at Artscape Gibraltar Point was the “Artscape Lodge.” This moniker still pops up from time to time.
Artscape Gibraltar Point Campaign
Artscape would like to thank the following governments and foundations for their extraordinary generosity in bringing Artscape Gibraltar Point to life.
City of Toronto
Department of Canadian Heritage
Ontario Trillium Foundation