Open Call

Once Upon Water

Arts Unfold

No Funding
Toronto, Canada


Professional Artists of all Disciplines

Number of Participants

Once Upon Water art residency will host up to 18 professional artists.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


May 09, 2023 - May 24, 2023


  • $933.00 application fee


Alternative Processes Darkroom, Conference Rooms, Co-Working, Darkroom


No meals


Cartoonist, Ceramics, Choreography, Conceptual Art, Culinary, Dance, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Film, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Land Art, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Opera, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Poetry, Public Art, Scholar, Scientists, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Video Art, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology


English, French, Portugese

Program Description

Once Upon Water is a two-week art residency to create artworks about the material and magical notions of water. Water is in constant flow and yet may present itself as still ~ a mirror that mesmerizes. In this state its reflective surface invites gazing at our physical selves, but also beyond our bodies to contemplate both our inner experiences and relationships with the outer world. Water gushes from deep below earth’s crevices, falls from elevations and hovers in misty formations. It traverses time, shape-shifts as it slides through various spaces, and is one of Mother Nature’s greatest Sculptors. At once, water pours out of taps in developed countries as a banal occurrence, while women in developing countries trek miles to fetch it clean. Alarmingly, earth is under threat of losing all its sea ice this century, while future wars are predicted to be fought over water rather than oil. Yet, the world’s greatest religions say water holds the power to purify and renew.

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