Feminist Art Residency – Toronto, ON

FAC RESIDENCY this two-week residency will provide a platform to explore social justice issues with a feminist lens. The FAC residency will gather artists together who focus on social justice issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media representation, cultural appropriation, environmental degradation and impact on Aboriginal lands, violence against women, and Islamophobic policies. We aim to create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. The residency will include individual studio time accented with group discussions, readings, video, reflection, guest speakers, group and individual critiques. The resulting work will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the residency and pending curatorial acceptance will be included in a spotlight exhibition at FAC 2015.
Facilitator and founder of FAC,  Ilene Sova is a conceptual portrait painter who creates paintings which reference anti-oppression feminist themes. She has an MFA in Painting from the University of Windsor and her work has been shown in extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Most notably, her work has been shown at the Department of Canadian Heritage, MOCCA, and at Guadi’s Casa Batlo for the prestigious Barcelona Showcase. Sova’s work has been featured in a variety of television, web and print media including Al Gore’s television program The Current, Canada AM, The Toronto Star, CBC Radio and the Toronto Standard. Sova’s work was featured in the  Journal of Psychology and Councelling, Nigerian Arts Journal Tabula, the Italian feminist journal WOMANOCLOCK and she was chosen to speak at Toronto’s first TEDx Women in December 2013. Most recently, Sova was invited by two MP’s to bring her work to Ottawa for the national Women’s Forum on feminism.
FAC art residency is limited to 20 residents of multidisciplinary artists (literature, visual arts, theatre, spoken word, music, visual arts, and film) The cost for the two weeks including taxes is 1015.00 for private accommodation, or 750.00 for shared.. The fee includes private sleeping quarters, large shared studio, facilitation and final exhibition. Arrivals are on May 9th, 2015 after 1pm and before 3pm, and departure on May 23rd before 11am. Submissions are accepted until February 15th deadline. For more information contact Ilene Sova at mail@ilenesova.com and Teresa Ascencao info@residencycoordinator.com To apply, fill out the online form here. Please provide a link to your artworks online if you do not have a website.
Artscape Gibraltor Point is a peaceful artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. It offers a distraction-free environment and the opportunity to focus exclusively on art creation amongst the natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, blue flag beaches, forests and gardens. On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique carnival grounds. Cozy up in a furnished studio and private bedroom, and enjoy amenities such as a fully-equipped common kitchen, shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and wireless internet. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away!