Naked State art residency is a project of Arts Unfold, which produces art and design projects in Canadian and European communities to foster greater understandings of social and environmental conditions.
Naturism: The residency takes place at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Please review the First Visit page before visiting Bare Oaks, as it offers information for people trying naturism for the first time, clarifies misconceptions about naturism, and provides important information about the Bare Oaks community.
Funding: Naked State is produced by Arts Unfold, which works with partnering communities to subsidize its projects. Naked State is a subsidized residency, with the accommodation and park fees having been reduced by 40% for residency artists. Artists are encouraged to apply for further financial support through their federal, provincial and municipal arts councils, and other sources such as the ones listed here by international region.
Artists need to bring their own art supplies and tools, small towel for sitting around common areas, beach towel, flip flops for shower/pool, toiletries, garbage bags, and dish soap. Mosquito repellent and sunscreen are recommended, and can also be purchased at the Bare Boutique park store. Although the water is drinkable, some artists bring a Brita or Zero filter. Water and filter jugs are also available for purchase at the park store. Clothing is necessary only if temperatures drop. Artists who are camping must bring their own tent and camping gear.
Food: Artists can bring their own food to store and prepare. Cozy cabins have a small fridge, microwave and bbq (see more below). Artists in tents can use the communal fridge, microwave, hot plate, kettle and coffee maker in the Clubhouse basement, and may ask to use residency cabin barbecues. Meals can also be purchased at Bare Bistro park restaurant. Non-perishable foods are great to have as a base, as they are ready to eat and can be stored without refrigeration.
Art supplies: Bare Oaks is in a forested rural area, with no art supplies store. Please bring what you need beforehand. Art stores in Toronto include Currys, Above Ground and Gwartzmans. Some photography stores are Henry’s and Downtown Camera. Often, artists who drive into the residency offer to carpool other artists into the city of New Market, but their art store may not have the selection of art supplies Toronto has.
Bare Oaks is located at 20237 Kennedy Road, East Gwillimbury, Ontario L0G 1V0, Canada. If you are driving, taking transit, or arriving via water or the grass strip airport nearby, please review these Directions and Maps.
Wifi: Bare Oaks offers limited free wifi each day, and more time can be purchased at the front desk. There is a desktop computer in the clubhouse basement with free unlimited wifi.
Transportation: Artists are responsible for their own transportation to downtown Toronto or Toronto Pearson International airport. Free shuttles during check in (up to 2pm) and check out (before 11am) will be arranged between these locations and Bare Oaks. As shuttles are not available outside these times, artists arriving outside of this schedule will be given information on how to make their way Bare Oaks.
What’s Included: Accommodation (see options below), a large shared workspace (in the Outback common room, yurt or a marquee), full use of park amenities, residency programming, social media promotion, facilitation and closing event (artists chose to open their studio, or participate in a formal exhibition).
Artists who are camping must bring their own tent and camping supplies. Either a lawn or forest campsite is available. The lawn sites are located around the ponds and are relatively close to washrooms & showers. The forest sites are wilderness camping in unspoiled forest. These are far from most amenities. Photos and details for camping are available here.
Four artists sleep in a Cosy Camp Cabin, which have two sets of bunk beds. Gender can be fluid and non apparent, and we do our best to accommodate artists to their preference. The cabins have heating, a BBQ, picnic table, kitchennette with microwave and small fridge, coffeemaker with supplies, dishes and utensils, bed linens and bathroom towels. Water faucets are on the outside of the cabins, and public washrooms with showers just metres down the pathway. For photos and more information on sharing a cabin read the section on the Camp Cabins here.
The main clubhouse features comfortable private Guest Rooms. These have a queen-size bed and shared washrooms facilities. The rooms also offer a coffee maker with supplies, HD TV, a small regridgerator, linens and bath towels. More information click here.
The Grand Cabin has one bedroom with a queen bed, full bathroom and is heated. There is a full kitchen with microwave, stove & fridge, coffee maker with supplies, deck with picnic table, large living room & dining room area with sofa-bed. Dishes and utensils, bed linens and bath towels are provided. To see a floor plan and photos read the section on the Grand Cabin here.
Below the following photos is a virtual tour of Bare Oaks, comprising of 50 acres. In the virtual tour, you can navigate through grass and trails, and expand to full screen. The tour starts at the Outback, the building dedicated to Naked State artists.