CreateSpace BIPOC Public Art Residency
Meet the Artists-in-Residence
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
 
 
Artists-in-Residence
YASMEEN NEMATT ALLA
Toronto, ON
Website     |   @yasmeennematt
BRUNO CANADIEN
Black Diamond, AB
Website    |    @bcanadian
ANNA JANE MCINTYRE
Montréal, QC
Website    |    @annajanemcintyre   |   Project We! Project Oui!
NUFF
Toronto, ON
Website    |    @designbynuff
JIEUN JUNE KIM
Toronto, ON
Website    |    @junekima.rt    |    ShowLoveTO Mural Project
ARJUN LAL
Halifax, NS
@arjunlal92
AMANDA LEDERLE
Toronto, ON
Website    |    @amandalederle
CHARMAINE LURCH
Toronto, ON
Website    |    @charmaine.lurch
SHELBY GAGNON
Thunder Bay, ON
@rootveggii
LAARA CERMAN
Port Coquitlam, BC
Website    |    @laaracerman
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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!
Past Events
CreateSpace Advisory Committee
NICO TAYLOR
Black Speculative Art Movement Canada
Toronto, ON
QUEEN KUKOYI
Black Speculative Art Movement Canada
Toronto, ON
CHARLES SMITH
Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario
Toronto, ON
JENNIFER SMITH
National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition
Ottawa, ON
SIDI CHEN
Artist
Vancouver, BC
SEAN LEE
Tangled Art + Disability
Toronto, ON
CreateSpace Mentors
HIBA ABDALLAH
Mentoring Yasmeen Nematt Alla
Toronto, ON
YEN LIN THAI
Mentoring Amanda Lederle                             Mississauga, ON
DAWN SAUNDERS DAHL
Mentoring Bruno Canadien 
Edmonton, AB
ZONGWE BINESIKWE CRYSTAL HARDY
Mentoring Shelby Gagnon 
Thunder Bay, ON
GOLBOO AMANI
Mentoring Anna Jane McIntyre
Toronto, ON
ALIZE ZORLUTUNA
Mentoring Arjun Lal
Toronto, ON
QUENTIN VERCETTY
Mentoring Nuff
Toronto, ON
ANDRE KAN
Mentoring Jieun June Kim 
Toronto, ON
JAVID JAH
Mentoring Charmaine Lurch
Toronto, ON
WINNIE TRUONG
Mentoring Laara Cerman
Toronto, ON
Special thanks to the CreateSpace Review Committee:
Jimmy Baptiste, Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin Young, Erica Chi, Alica Hall and Ken Lum
Learn More About CreateSpace
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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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