Call for the Intergenerational LGBT Virtual Residency is now open!

Residency Dates: August 3 to August 16, 2021
Application Deadline: June 19, 2021 (APPLY HERE)

Since 2013, the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency (ILGBTAR) has offered an embodied, site-specific experience for participating residents at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island (including food, lodging, studio space, site visits, workshops and a supportive LGBTQ2+ environment of peership and critical engagement). This summer on the Island due to travel restrictions and COVID protocols, we have the unique privilege to gather Ontario-based LGBTQ2+ artists together. 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 return to Toronto Islands, abiding by rigorous COVID protocols, in person; to gather, listen, work, share skills and intergenerational oral histories – mask4mask – in the spirit of possibility.

In the tradition of ILGBTAR’s goals as a relational artwork/curatorial praxis, we endeavour to learn from the oral histories of the disability rights movement, and the activist histories of the AIDS crisis. This is especially pertinent in these unprecedented times. The residency has existed for seven years and will continue this summer, by embracing creative solutions with a decolonial critique.


The ILGBTAR visual arts jury will be selecting five residents to participate in the residency from August 3 to August 16, 2021. The jury is seeking LGBTQ2+ artists of any age, whether established or emerging, who are based in Ontario. Canadian citizenship is not required. English fluency is not required.

What could you bring to this environment as a participant, and what ways could it support you/your project/your practice? 


  • Join an intergenerational community of peers to have conversations, be students together, elevate each other’s work, and debate through regular check-ins with the cohort.

  • In previous years, residents have had the opportunity to meet with participating guests for studio visits, workshops and engagement with their work. The virtual residency this year is no exception. The confirmed guests for 2021 will be announced!

  • A $750 CAD stipend to each of the 5 juried artists.

  • A CARFAC workshop on artists rights, contracts and navigating as a professional artist.

  • A tour of The ArQuives via their online research tools with executive director Reagan Swanson.

  • ILGBTAR alumni become part of a family that bolsters their work not only during the residency, but for years to come. In the spirit of community and care, this includes forwarding relevant opportunities when they arise, and being invited to exhibit works in ILGBTAR group retrospectives and other exhibitions.

  • Alumni regularly have their new projects highlighted on ILGBTAR’s social networks including the Facebook page (reaching an international community of approximately 3000 people), Instagram, the blog and more.


Fill out the application form by the deadline (June 19, 2021). Residents will be selected shortly thereafter.

Apply to the ILGBT 2021 Summer Residency for Ontario based artists HERE

We look forward to seeing you on the island!

Questions? Email the team at

Should you have any accessibility-related inquiries, requests, or needs, itemize them in your application, and please contact us.