Alchemy is an Ontario-based artist residency built on four pillars: art, food, farm & community. Attracting artists from Canada and around the world, Alchemy's initiatives are led by artists Claire Tallarico and Tonia DiRisio. 2024 marks our 10th year of programming initiatives.
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ALCHEMY is an international artist-led residency devoted to exploring the synergy between artistic practice and the cooking and sharing of food in community settings.
Guest talks from artists, chefs and makers help us better understand the magic and inspiration created by making and sharing art, food, and dialogue. Shared meals, studio visits, and conversation probe the creative intersection of food and art in a community setting. Participating artists will immerse themselves in their work with opportunities to join others in the community to bring our garden back to life after a long winter.
Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts is a peaceful artist retreat nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island - the largest car-free community in North America. Here, you will find a historic lighthouse, a hobby farm and antique carnival grounds 15 minutes by ferry from the downtown core.
Since its first residency on the Toronto Islands in 2015, Alchemy has brought together nearly 100 artists from three continents with practices ranging from visual arts, sculpture, photography, craft, food, performance art, writing and video. ALCHEMY’s programming initiatives are led by:
Claire M Tallarico is a visual artist and trained chef whose social practice explores how the everyday activities of artmaking and food-sharing contribute to the well-being of a community and its members.
Tonia Di Risio is a visual artist whose work has developed through ongoing investigations of the growing, making, preserving, celebrating, and sharing of food.
Cost: $1150+ HST for Accommodation Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, Toronto Islands/ Mnisiing Details about how and where to submit your application can be found at www.makealchemy.com
Questions before applying? Please email: email@example.com
Our current programming stems from what we have learned through collaborating with more than 100 artists over nearly a decade of convening artist residencies and community engaged programming on the Toronto Islands and in rural Prince Edward County (PEC), Ontario.
Alchemy's artist led initiatives engage and encourage artists to continue work in progress or undertake new work inspired by the people and land in this dynamic rural agricultural setting. Participating artists live and visit the Toronto Islands or "The County" to create site-specific art explore, and share lines of inquiry. Through a strong commitment to a collaborative process, we collect, document and share multiple stories in two unique locations. The result is an ever-growing constellation of collaborations between and among artists and residents on the Toronto Islands and artists, long time residents farmers, makers, growers, and workers in the County.
Alchemy Artists Residency acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. These peoples agreed to mutual sharing obligations and responsibilities as stewards of the land and water. We recognize that these are now our shared obligations in partnership, to continue to protect the land and water. As we talk about the land, we honour the Indigenous ancestors who came before us and who continue to be present in lands which we occupy. We acknowledge and honour the First Nations who despite attempts of colonialism, continue to hold and share their rich history, traditions, and cultures that are proud, modern and vibrant. As we move forward, we hope that every time we get together we acknowledge all those that have come before us.
Approved by Troy Maracle, Indigenous Education Lead for the HPEDSB
Dinner at Redtail Vineyards by Kirstyn Mayers, 2020
We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, for our residency program in Prince Edward County in 2022.
In 2023, we are grateful to the following wineries for their interest and support of Alchemy's initiatives in Prince Edward County: Closson Chase, The Grange, Broken Stone, Casa Dea, Rosehall Run, Lighthall, and Stanners,