FPN Island is a one-week immersion residency on Toronto Island’s Artscape Gibraltar Point led by the guiding principles of valuing intergenerational and intersectional identities. This experience will advance participants’ practices and develop skills through mentorship, network building, and knowledge sharing. Thematic workshops (e.g. Approaching Public Art, Exploring Toronto Islands and Creating Collectives) will be provided alongside time dedicated to independent practice. Without the pressure of an end product, this residency focuses on the value of process, rather than outcomes, and advancing one’s practice through shared learning experiences.
This residency is made possible by support from Canada Council for The Arts and our programming partners BIPOC Photo Mentorship Program and OCAD University.
For more details, visit our call for submission here.
Image: Jennifer Long, Island View 2022
An online exhibition
Site Launches on March 8th 2023
Funded by Canada Council for the Arts, the web exhibition Identity • Connection • Place showcases work by sixteen artists from Canada and the UK who participated in the online peer-to-peer residencies we ran in 2017, 2020, and 2021. Identity, Connection and Place were themes weaving through these artists’ work and our experiences of the residency itself. For many of us, this support structure helped sustain our identity as artmakers alongside demanding roles like caregiver or breadwinner. Receiving creative perspectives and research material from different cultural locations was inspiring, and resulted in many rich friendships and collaborations, both national and transatlantic.
Identity • Connection • Place launches on 8th March 2023 (International Women’s Day), with the Identity section, and the Connection and Place sections will go live on consecutive weeks.
An on-site exhibition will run concurrently in the vitrines at A Space Gallery in Tkaronto (Toronto), and a selection of images will play on a slideshow outside Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. The site includes seven commissioned texts and three live online events.
Identity • Connection • Place web design by Una Janićijević
Image: Hannah Laycock, From The Vessel series, 2018
The online exhibit features artwork by: Ida Arentoft, Clea Christakos-Gee, Raquel Diniz, Helen Jones, Hannah Laycock, Jennifer Long, Gina Lundy, Sarah Mangialardo, Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O'Kafka, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Arpita Shah, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Stacey Tyrell, & Nilupa Yasmin.
The site includes 7 specially commissioned texts by writers Aldeide Delgado, Lodoe Laura, Heather Rigg, Daniella Sanader, Morgan Sears-Williams, Geneviève Wallen, & Alana West.
March 9th 18.30 UK / 13.30 EST: Artist talks by Hannah Laycock and Flannery O’Kafka, in partnership with Street Level Photoworks.
Register for your free ticket at eventbright
March 14th 15.00 UK / 11.00 EST: Artist talk by Stacey Tyrell in partnership with Napier University.
Join this event here
April 1st 17.00 UK / 12.00 EST: Panel discussion with Margaret Mitchell, Arpita Shah and Farihah Aliyah Shah moderated by Liz Ikiriko
Further details to come
A Space Gallery
March 8-May 5, 2023
A reception for the work at A Space will be held on Saturday 1st April 2-4pm
A Space Gallery Vitrines will feature artwork by: Clea Christakos-Gee, Flannery O'Kafka, Kate Schneider, & Arpita Shah
Juried by Robyn Cumming, Clare Samuel, & Liz Ikiriko
Publication text by Frances Dorenbaum
Gales Gallery, 105 Accolade West Building, 4700 Keele St, Toronto
Mahsa Alikhani, Yang Chi, Wrynn Geswin, Bisma Jay, Azia Jonelle, Bahar Kamali, Christina Oyawale, Durga Rajah, Saba Sharifi, Kasia Sosnowski, Freida Wang, & Nava Messas Waxman.
We have some lovely news to share - FPN is a grant recipient of Canada Council's Digital Now initiative! This generous support will fund the creation of an online exhibition and associated programming launching in March 2023. More details to follow as co-directors Clare Samuel & Jennifer Long begin the process of turning the grant proposal into a reality!
Thank you Canada Council!
FPN is at Women, Photography, and Feminisms - WOPHA Congress.
The first-ever WOPHA Congress is co-presented by Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
This FREE event runs November 18-19 and can be attended virtually or in person. For the conference line up, please visit: www.wophacongress.org/2021-congress/
2021 Feminist Photography Online Residency
Our 2021 artist residents included Clea Christakos-Gee, Helen Jones, Jennifer Long, Flannery O'Kafka, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Farihah Aliyah Shah, StaceyTyrell, & Nilupa Yasmin.
Image: Farihah Aliyah Shah @rihah Still from ‘And With These Hands’, 2020 single channel video installation (04:49)
2020 Feminist Photography Online Residency
In 2017, Feminist Photography Network piloted an online residency, whichbrought together twelve mid-career womenartists. The framework of the online residencyrevolved around monthly deadlines, feedback on works-in-progress,and peer motivation. Basedin Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlandsof Scotland, and Tkaronto/Toronto, the artists were selected because oftheir connections to photo-based practices, interest in community-building, andtheir shared challenges in creating art. In April 2020, nine of the artistsreinstated the residency in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 2020 artist residents included Ida Arentoft, Hannah Laycock, Jennifer Long, Gina Lundy, Margaret Mitchell, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Arpita Shah, & StaceyTyrell.
Image: KateSchneider, Untitled 2020, work-in-progress
From Here & Elsewhere
“From Here & Elsewhere” (Spring/Summer 2020) was presented in collaboration with K + D, an art consulting firm that manages and builds art collections for private collectors and corporations across Canada @kplusd. The exhibition presented at Capital One's private offices features the work of four lens-based artists living in Toronto: April Hickox, Kate Schneider, Dianne Davis, and Virginia Mak. The selection of works each relate to the examination, recollection or documentation of a specific time and place, with themes of flora and fauna tying them together visually.
image: Dianne Davis, Common II, 2017 (Whirlpool Farm, 1891), 2017, C-print
Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation
Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre
June 23 - September 14, 2018
Opening celebrations July 12, 6-10pm
BRAVE: The Festival of Risk and Failure
An exhibition by members of Feminist Photography Network’s Online Residency
Featuring artwork by: Ida Arentoft, Hannah Laycock, Jennifer Long, Gina Lundy, Sarah Mangialardo, Margaret Mitchell, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Arpita Shah, and Stacey Tyrell
Left: Stacey Tyrell, Untitled, 2018
In the summer of 2017, Feminist Photography Network piloted an online residency, which brought together mid-career woman-identified artists from Canada and Scotland (via the Scotland-based WildFires: Women Photographers Network). The framework of the online residency revolved around monthly deadlines, feedback on work-in-progress, and peer motivation. Based in Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands of Scotland, and Toronto, the selected artists are aligned in their connection to photo-based practices, interest in community-building, and shared challenges in creating art. These artists have experienced common impediments, such as halts to their practice due to family commitments, precarious employment, and health issues. These and other variables, paired with the repeated underrepresentation of women in art, pose a challenge to sustaining an artistic practice. Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation explores the dynamic process of artistic production, including the failed shoots, self-doubt, and moments of clarity, while celebrating how the chaos of daily life can both inspire and hinder an artistic practice.
Special thanks to Exhibition Project Coordinator Alana West for her tireless support; the staff at Harbourfront Centre for their insight and trust; designer Sophie Paas-Lang for bringing the timeline to life; and Tek Yang and OCAD University’s Epson Imaging Lab for their printing support.
This exhibition is made possible by Creative Scotland, British Arts Council, Danish Arts Council, UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Government of Canada, City of Toronto and Canada Council for the Arts.
Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario
Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 6pm, Friday 12 noon to 8pm.
Closed Mondays, open holiday Mondays from 12 noon to 6pm
Feminist Photography Network Online Residency
From June 2017 to March 2018 – Feminist Photography Network is piloting an online residency for mid-career artists which brings together 12 lens-based artists to create work and participate in exhibitions in Scotland and Toronto.
Top Left: Gina Lundy, Sweets Way Resists, London, 2015
Top Right: Sarah Mangialardo, Untitled, from the series Reconstructions 4, 2009
Lower Left: Margaret Mitchell, from the series In This Place
Gender & The Lens Exhibition
In celebration of International Women’s Day, 2017, The Feminist Photograhy Network launched the Gender & The Lens exhibition at OCAD University's Ada Slaight Student Gallery.
Participating Artists: Maddie Alexander, Yuling Chen, Clea Christakos-Gee, Ava Cochrane, Mara Gajic, Antonio Giacchetti, Raelene Giffin, Ashley Hiltz, Jesse King, Morgan Sears Williams, Michael Seleski, Farihah Shah, Alia Youssef
Curated by Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel
The exhibit showcased artworks by feminist-minded students and recent graduates from Ryerson and OCAD University whose artwork explores themes of gender through lens-based mediums. Within this installation was a slideshow entitled When The Light Shifts, by members of WildFires: Women Photographers Network in Scotland.
Right: Gender & The Lens installation at OCAD University’s Ada Slaight Student Gallery. Front monitor: WildFires: Women Photographers Network in Scotland, Back wall by Ava Cochrane (OCAD U) and Alia Youssef (Ryerson)