17 April 2013

Dear colleagues and friends,

I’m proud to announce the launch
of a two-week pilot program this summer,
the first intergenerational artist-in-residency program
 for LGBTQ artists in Canada.
The residency will take place with the support of
the Ontario Arts Council, and the collaboration of
Artscape Gibraltar Point, on the Toronto Island 
August 12 to 26, 2013.

Acclaimed art professionals Elisha Lim, David McIntosh
and Kathleen Pirrie-Adams will serve as the jury
selecting our inaugural artists-in-residence. 
will offer studio space and free room and board to five artists 
for the duration of the two-week residency. Residents will also receive mentoring and studio visits from critically acclaimed artists and curators.

Please pass along this information to LGBTQ artists in Canada, of any age, whether established or emerging, whom you think might be exceptional candidates and who would benefit greatly from a program such as this. I've attached the application for our inaugural summer program. You can also direct artists to our website http://www.queerartistresidency.ca where they can download the pdf. Interested parties can also donate via Paypal, on our website. The Summer 2013 Artist-in-Residence Application deadline is MAY 25, 2013, and we hope to notify artists by early July. 

By exploring Canadian LGBT art history and artistic practice,      

Gibraltar Point Light, Toronto, November 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Dane
while supporting artists
and art production, we could foster communication across generational lines with this community building initiative that highlights the trajectory and longevity of LGBT art both historically and reaching into the future.

Thank you for supporting this project. 

Warm regards,