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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 the 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 2021 – 2022.

For residency updates, free programming events and the next Call for Artists, follow us at @STEPSpublicart and #CreateSpaceResidency!

 

“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

“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

Laara Cerman

Laara Cerman

Port Coquitlam, BC
Website    |    @laaracerman

Jieun June Kim

Jieun June Kim

Toronto, ON
Website    |    @junekima.rt    |    ShowLoveTO Mural Project

Bruno Canadien

Bruno Canadien

Black Diamond, AB
Website    |    @bcanadian

Shelby Gagnon

Shelby Gagnon

Thunder Bay, ON
@rootveggii

Arjun Lal

Arjun Lal

Halifax, NS
@arjunlal92

Amanda Lederle

Amanda Lederle

Toronto, ON
Website    |    @amandalederle

NUFF public art installation

NUFF

Toronto, ON
Website    |    @designbynuff

Bruno Canadien

Bruno Canadien

Black Diamond, AB
Website    |    @bcanadian

NUFF public art installation

NUFF

Toronto, ON
Website    |    @designbynuff

Jieun June Kim

Jieun June Kim

Toronto, ON
Website    |    @junekima.rt    |    ShowLoveTO Mural Project

Arjun Lal

Arjun Lal

Halifax, NS
@arjunlal92

Amanda Lederle

Amanda Lederle

Toronto, ON
Website    |    @amandalederle

Charmaine Lurch

Charmaine Lurch

Toronto, ON
Website    |    @charmaine.lurch

Shelby Gagnon

Shelby Gagnon

Thunder Bay, ON
@rootveggii

Laara Cerman

Laara Cerman

Port Coquitlam, BC
Website    |    @laaracerman

Explore CreateSpace Projects Across Canada

ShowLoveTO Mural

Jieun June Kim invited mural and aerosol artists for a live-paint jam to animate a laneway in North York, Ontario. This project brightens the streets with more mural arts and supports local businesses, artists and community members impacted by COVID-19. 

Project We! Projet Oui!

Anna Jane McIntyre’s project in Montreal, Quebec is a collaboratively created intergenerational and community-centred visual artwork that encourages imaginative play.

ShowLoveTO Mural

Jieun June Kim invited mural and aerosol artists for a live-paint jam to animate a laneway in North York, Ontario. This project brightens the streets with more mural arts and supports local businesses, artists and community members impacted by COVID-19. 

Project We! Projet Oui!

Anna Jane McIntyre’s project in Montreal, Quebec is a collaboratively created intergenerational and community-centred visual artwork that encourages imaginative play.

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 @stepspublicart.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for free public events!

CreateSpace Advisory Committee

CreateSpace Mentors

Headshot of Jennifer Smith

Hiba Abdallah

Mentoring Yasmeen Nematt Alla
Toronto, ON

Yen Lin Thai

Mentoring Amanda Lederle                             Mississauga, ON

Sean Lee

Dawn Saunders Dahl

Mentoring Bruno Canadien 
Edmonton, AB

Sean Lee

Zongwe Binesikwe Crystal Hardy

Mentoring Shelby Gagnon 
Thunder Bay, ON

Sean Lee

Golboo Amani

Mentoring Anna Jane McIntyre
Toronto, ON

Headshot of Jennifer Smith

Alize Zorlutuna

Mentoring Arjun Lal
Toronto, ON

Quentin VerCetty

Mentoring Nuff
Toronto, ON

Sean Lee

Andre Kan

Mentoring Jieun June Kim 
Toronto, ON

Sean Lee

Javid Jah

Mentoring Charmaine Lurch
Toronto, ON

Sean Lee

Winnie Truong

Mentoring Laara Cerman
Toronto, ON

Headshot of Jennifer Smith

Hiba Abdallah

Mentoring Yasmeen Nematt Alla
Toronto, ON

Yen Lin Thai

Mentoring Amanda Lederle                             Mississauga, ON

Sean Lee

Dawn Saunders Dahl

Mentoring Bruno Canadien 
Edmonton, AB

Sean Lee

Golboo Amani

Mentoring Anna Jane McIntyre
Toronto, ON

Sean Lee

Andre Kan

Mentoring Jieun June Kim 
Toronto, ON

Sean Lee

Winnie Truong

Mentoring Laara Cerman
Toronto, ON

Sean Lee

Zongwe Binesikwe Crystal Hardy

Mentoring Shelby Gagnon 
Thunder Bay, ON

Headshot of Jennifer Smith

Alize Zorlutuna

Mentoring Arjun Lal
Toronto, ON

Quentin VerCetty

Mentoring Nuff

Toronto, ON

Sean Lee

Javid Jah

Mentoring Charmaine Lurch
Toronto, ON

Special thanks to the CreateSpace Review Committee:

Jimmy Baptiste, Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin Young, Erica Chi, Alica Hall and Ken Lum

The CreateSpace Residency is made possible by support from TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment, the City of Toronto as part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 – 2022, Partners in Art, MAWA, Canada Council for the Arts, and funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

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Logo banner with Canada Council for the Arts and Province of Ontario
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