Are you, or an artist you know, interested in gaining experience, building networks and professional skills needed to launch or expand a public art practice?
STEPS believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. In support of this important work, we facilitate programs that: foster inclusive public art practices; build the capacity of artists who are underrepresented in Canadian public art and demonstrate the power of art to reimagine equitably designed cities.
We are thrilled to launch the 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Residency, a national public art program designed in collaboration with advisors from coast to coast, to provide emerging Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and racialized artists with the skills, relationships and practical experiences needed to build and advance public art practices.
Ten artists from across the country participated in the program’s inaugural year, acquiring valuable skills in the field of public art. Each artist created unique and inspiring public artworks that ranged from experimental to performative to sculptural. Visit the 2021 CreateSpace Public Art Residency webpage to learn more about these artists and their projects.
This residency is open to early to mid-career Canadian-based visual and media artists working in public space, who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and/or racialized, interested in participating in a virtual residency from March through December 2022. Up to ten artists will be selected for this opportunity by a review panel composed of members of the arts community who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or racialized. Program components will be offered primarily in English, with translation and ASL services available as needed to support the participation of a diverse community of artists.