Luminous Bodies / Toronto Island, Canada

  • Deadline:
    July 1, 2013, midnight
  • Location:
    Artscape Gibraltar Point, Lakeshore Ave, Toronto Island, TORONTO, Ontario, CA

There's room for one more artist!…

Thematic Art Residency
Facilitator, Teresa Ascencao

Program Dates: July 10 – 23, 2013
Cost: $925 (includes tax)
Includes: private accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation
Submission Deadline: July 1

Online application form:

Luminous bodies is a two-week thematic residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. Its objective is to challenge “normativity” and "otherness.” Its goal is to reinvent and re-present the body in most inclusive and diverse ways. Audio-visual screenings, readings, seminars, outdoor retreats, workshops and exercises uncover how our bodies are culturally and aesthetically constructed, displayed and controlled. Cinema, artworks, philosophy, theology, transpersonal psychology, post-colonialism and social movements are explored for ideas in transgressing these forces. Residents work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that reinvent the body through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, performance art, new media etc. Critiques of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis. Gibraltar Point offers rich potential for the creation of corporeal artworks amongst its blue-flag beaches (one of them being clothing optional) and natural surroundings of Lake Ontario, forests and gardens filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables. On the island, there are tiny quaint homes, a hobby farm and antique carnival grounds. The Toronto city core is just a 15-minute ferry ride away! The essence of Luminous Bodies is about bringing to light heterogeneous bodies. It welcomes people in all walks of life and genders into a creative journey of critical innovation and self-discovery.

Teresa Ascencao is a media artist whose work deals with gender and sexuality constructs through unique cultural perspectives and technological approaches. Ascencao was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto's Honours Fine Art Studio program, and received her MFA from OCADU University specializing in Media Art and Sex-Positive Feminism. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. Ascencao lives and works in Toronto and teaches Experience Design and Photography at OCADU.

Luminous Bodies is limited to 10 residents. Skills guidance is available especially in photography, video editing and installation (all experience levels welcome). The cost for the two weeks is $925. Prices include private accommodation, large shared studio, workshop facilitation and taxes. Arrivals are on the 10th after 1pm and before 3pm, and departure on the 24th before 11am. Submissions are accepted until spots are filled, but May 16 is the final deadline. For more information please contact Teresa Ascencao at +1 (647) 521 2353 or

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