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CreateSpace BIPOC Public Art Residency

STEPS believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space, but Canada’s public art collection does not currently reflect its diversity. This is the inspiration that led STEPS to launch the CreateSpace BIPOC Public Art Residency, a national program designed in consultation with advisors from coast to coast, to provide emerging Black, Indigenous and racialized artists with the skills, relationships and practical experience needed to take their public art practice to the next level.

Throughout this nine (9) month program, ten (10) emerging or mid-career public artists will convene, connect and create socially-engaged public artwork across Canada. The mission of this program is multifaceted, and is intended to benefit both artists-in-residence and the greater public. The virtual residency will take place from March to December 31, 2021.

After our Call for Artists with nearly 100 submissions across the country, the artists-in-residence were selected by a committee of BIPOC-identifying public artists and professionals from across Canada. These artists will bring public art projects to life with the support of STEPS and multidisciplinary artistic mentors in their communities across five provinces. Five Toronto-based artists and installations are made possible through a partnership with the City of Toronto, timed with ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art.

For residency updates and programming events for the public, follow @STEPSpublicart and #CreateSpaceResidency on Instagram and Facebook.

To explore more STEPS initiatives that are supporting equity-seeking artists across Canada, visit our artist capacity building services for more information.

 

“I was really interested in CreateSpace because it aligns with Tangled’s desire to create access for a more intersectional conversation, as well as centring the experiences of queer, trans and disabled folks.”

– Sean lee of tangled art + disability and createspace advisory committee

“For Black and Indigenous people, CreateSpace is creating a platform to encourage important and tough conversations.”

– nico taylor of BSAM canada and createspace advisory committee

Artists-in-Residence

Yasmeen Nematt Alla

Yasmeen Nematt Alla

Toronto, ON

Bruno Canadien

Bruno Canadien

Black Diamond, AB

Laara Cerman

Laara Cerman

Port Coquitlam, BC

Shelby Gagnon

Shelby Gagnon

Thunder Bay, ON

Jieun June Kim

Jieun June Kim

Toronto, ON

Arjun Lal

Arjun Lal

Halifax, NS

Amanda Lederle

Amanda Lederle

Toronto, ON

Charmaine Lurch

Charmaine Lurch

Toronto, ON

Anna Jane McIntyre

Anna Jane McIntyre

Montréal, QC

NUFF public art installation

NUFF

Toronto, ON

CreateSpace Programming

STEPS is excited to host free CreateSpace programming events alongside partner organizations that are open to the public!

Keep up to date on event announcements by following STEPS news and following us @stepspublicart.

Upcoming Events

  • July 8, 2021: Access as a Creative Catalyst – Register Now 

CreateSpace Advisory Committee

Nico Taylor, BSAM Canada

Nico Taylor

Black Speculative Art Movement Canada
Toronto, ON

Queen Kukoyi, BSAM Canada

Queen Kukoyi

Black Speculative Art Movement Canada
Toronto, ON

Charles Smith

Charles Smith

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario
Toronto, ON

Headshot of Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition
Ottawa, ON

Sidi Chen

Sidi Chen

Artist
Vancouver, BC

Sean Lee

Sean Lee

Tangled Art + Disability
Toronto, ON

The CreateSpace Residency is made possible by support from TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment, the City of Toronto, Partners in Art and MAWA. 

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