2020 Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency (Online)
Application Deadline: June 1, 2020 Since 2013, the aim of Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency has been to create a vision and...

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

Since 2013, the aim of Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency has been to create a vision and experience of LGBTQ2+ longevity through shared practice, art career management training, and community building via LGBTQ2+ art and political histories. During the year, curatorial projects have supported alumni’s work, and during the summer, the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency (ILGBTAR) has offered an embodied experience, including food, lodging, studio space, and a supportive LGBTQ2+ environment of peership and critical engagement. In light of social distancing that immersive, site-specific physical experience isn’t possible this summer. However, the unique privilege we have to gather LGBTQ2+ artists together is an opportunity for action and organizing for change. One of the consequences of COVID-19 has been the widespread loss of cultural context for artists, immediately impacting income, studio practice and way of life to an extent that can feel irreparable. After careful consideration we have decided to persevere by using the tools available to create an online temporary context in which to gather, listen, work, share skills and intergenerational oral histories. In the spirit of possibility, we believe that quality of engagement, plus some cash, might meet some of the needs of queer artists in this current moment.

This year’s iteration of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency will take place virtually, August 04 to August 17, 2020 . The application deadline has been extended to June 1st, and results will be announced soon after. Should you have any accessibility-related inquiries, requests, or needs, itemize them in your application, and please contact us.

Confirmed guests for the 2020 Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency include: Logan MacDonald (ILGBTAR alumus, Sobey longlisted artist, Assistant Professor University of Waterloo, Vice-Chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective), Brendan Fernandes (choreographer, interdisciplinary artist), Crystal Mowry (Middlebrook Prize recipient, KWAG Senior Curator), Tania Bruguera (performance and installation artist)… with more to come!


This summer, ILGBTAR will not be able to provide studio space, shared meals, organic garden,a queer beach and the amenities of Artscape Gibraltar Point (AGP) as in previous years, due to pandemic restrictions and the necessity of social distancing. We will miss the warm and friendly staff of AGP who have been so supportive and essential to the experience every summer.

Instead, we’re launching an online residency aimed to provide support, community and a constructive working context under the current conditions. Consider this paradox: How can we use technologies designed for surveillance capitalism from a place of possibility, community building and care, rather than from scarcity and panic? What could a participant bring to this environment, and what ways could it support you/your project/your practice?

We believe that while an artist is still alive, it is imperative to create opportunities to connect new dots, cross-pollinate, have intergenerational conversations, be students together, elevate each other’s work, and debate. This is simultaneously a reciprocity and an investment.

You will be guided to document your experience and practice during the residency to be included in the ILGBTAR archive at the end of the residency. The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency fonds is housed and maintained at The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archivethe largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive in the world. Thank you to The ArQuives for elevating our ongoing endeavour to support the practices and study of LGBTQ2+ artists! Privacy and intellectual property agreements will be respected and strictly adhered to, as per Canadian Copyright law.

High-bandwidth is not a requirement, as this would exclude some applicants. Analogue methods of developing your work, maintaining your studio practice, engaging with the 2020 cohort and guests (for example, zines, postcards, journaling, audio check-ins via phone, FaceTime, scans of handwritten journals, sharing photos) are supported, and can be shared by courier (funded by ILGBTAR), or virtually.

In order to accommodate participants, we are currently in negotiation with partners to support technological needs and bandwidth issues. Should you have questions or concerns, please reach out via email.


The residency will provide a $1000 CAD stipend to each of the 5 juried artists. Similar to previous years at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, we will schedule a few shared meal times as well as a CARFAC workshop, a tour of The ArQuives via their online research tools with executive director Reagan Swanson, and open studio events. Perhaps a dance party….! Regular check-ins with the cohort and studio visits with guests will be scheduled, and the occasional surprise guest and treats to be announced. With the six different time zones across Canada to navigate, all applicants will be considered regardless of time zone.

Whether you are emerging, established, or an inbetweenster, please consider applying! Please pass along this information to LGBTQ2+ artists of any age, whether established or emerging, residing in the diverse and contested territory commonly referred to as Canada, whom you think might be exceptional candidates and who would benefit greatly from this programme.

In the tradition of ILGBTAR’s goals as a relational artwork/curatorial praxis, we endeavor to learn from the oral histories of the disability rights movement, and the history of the AIDS pandemic:

“For a society not built with equitable care as a politic, value, and practice we are now in a critical revolutionary moment.” – Ezra Benus, during his live streamed curatorial lecture at Visual AIDS, April 15, 2020



Do I have to have to be a Canadian citizen to apply?

No. (le français ci-dessous / a continuación en español / تجد العربية مرفق بالأسفل)

A: Canadian citizenship is not required, landed immigrant status is not required, English fluency is not required. However the residency is designed for artists based in Canada. It is an intergenerational context for artists who are thinking critically about LGBTQ political and art histories in Canada. If you think we’re a good fit for you, go for it! Thanks for considering applying and good luck ?


La citoyenneté canadienne est-elle nécessaire afin d’être considéré.e ?

R : La citoyenneté canadienne, le statut d’immigrant admis et l’aisance à communiquer en anglais ne sont pas des prérequis. Cependant, la résidence est conçue pour des artistes basé.es au Canada. Elle offre un contexte intergénérationnel aux artistes qui ont un engagement critique avec les historiques artistiques et politiques de la communauté LGBTQ canadienne. Si vous croyez que la résidence cadre avec votre vécu, n’hésitez surtout pas à postuler! Merci de votre considération et bonne chance. ?


Debes ser Canadiense para aplicar?

R: La nacionalidad canadiense no es requerida, el status de inmigrante no es requisito, el dominio del idioma ingles no es requisito. Sin embargo el programa de residencia está dirigido a artistas que se encuentran en Canada. Se trata de un contexto de artistas de todas las edades con pensamiento critico de la política LGBTQ y la historia de arte en Canada. Si piensas que tu perfil compagina con nosotros, aplica! Gracias por considerar aplicar y buena suerte. ?

هل يجب أن أكون مواطنا كنديا لكي أقدم طلبا؟

أ – من غير المطلوب أن تكون مواطنا كنديا، ومن غير المطلوب أن يكون لديك صفة مهاجر مقيم ومن غير المطلوب أن تتقن اللغة الإنجليزية. ومع ذلك فإن البرنامج مصمم للفنانين المستقرين في كندا. هو مضمون متمحور حول التشارك بين الأجيال للفنانين الذين يفكرون بشكل ناقد في الفن والتاريخ السياسي لفئة الميم في كندا. إن إعتقدت بأننا مناسبون لك، لا تتردد بالتقديم! شكرا لتقديمك و حظا موفقا ?


The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency is honoured to continue an ongoing partnership with the ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives – CLGA) through which the ArQuives will accept tax receiptable donations on our behalf! Please specify your donations for ‘The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency’ at this link:

Thank you for your continued solidarity and belief in this project! Please encourage your friends, peers, community members, and colleagues in the Visual Arts to apply!

We look forward to seeing you on the island!
We look forward to meeting you in the ether!

Find us:
Twitter: @ILGBTResidency
Instagram: @ILGBTResidency
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The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency is made possible in 2020 by Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and private donations.