hello, welcome (2022)

CreateSpace Public Art Forum 2022

An artistic response to the 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Forum, a national forum virtually convening participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18-25. Participants were presented with online talks themed around public art practices, studio tours by artist facilitators, a Keynote Event by artist Lori Blondeau, and opportunities to engage with fellow peers to inspire their final creations.

Project at a Glance

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Artist: Aysia Tse

Year: 2022

Program: Artist Capacity Building


CreateSpace participants


artist facilitators


keynote speaker

Artist Statement

Created with voice recordings from walking in and around Toronto’s Chinatown, this piece is a reflection on site, place, time and self in relation to public space. A distorted, layered and blended sound piece uses site-specific common and recognizable sounds from the area to create a warped time-machine feeling that speaks to memory and embodiment in space, while reflecting on the histories that we seek to remember, and the futures we work to create. How do we engage public space in visibility of culture and bring to present awareness histories that are vital to the city’s identity? How do we hold that knowledge to inform and imagine our community’s future?

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About the Artist

Aysia Tse

Aysia Tse

Aysia Tse (she/her) is a Chinese Canadian cross-disciplinary artist majoring in Life Studies and minoring in Art and Social Change at OCAD University. Interested in the intersections of community education, art and activism, she is building a socially engaged creative practice that connects to constructive action within communities. In addition to her community arts work, her multidisciplinary practice is expanding towards themes relating to culture and identity.

@aysiatse | www.aysiatseart.com

CreateSpace Public Art Forum

STEPS Public Art believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. In support of this important work, we facilitate artist capacity building programs that foster inclusive public art practices, build the capacity of underrepresented artists, and demonstrate how public art can help reimagine equitably designed cities.

CreateSpace Public Art Forum is a digital forum that virtually convenes participants who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural and/or youth with disabilities and between the ages of 18-25. This forum fosters connections, builds understanding across geographies and cultures, as well as provide emerging equity-seeking artists with the skills, relationships and support needed to develop public art practices. Visit the online gallery to view all artistic responses by the 2022 forum participants.

CreateSpace Public Art Forum is supported by Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts and CIBC.

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