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 2021 – 2022.
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
STEPS is excited to host free CreateSpace programming events alongside partner organizations that are open to the public!
Stay tuned for free public events!
- July 8, 2021: Access as a Creative Catalyst
- June 10, 2021: New Media as a Tool for Placemaking
- May 13, 2021: Defining Space: Collective Use and Access for Future Spaces
- April 22, 2021: CreateSpace Webinar: Digitizing Your Art
- March 18, 2021: Yue Moon: A CreateSpace Artist Talk
CreateSpace Advisory Committee
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 and MAWA.
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