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February 5, 2023

Call for Artists: 2023 CreateSpace Public Art Residency

Hosted by STEPS Public Art

Are you, or an artist you know, interested in gaining experience, building networks and professional skills needed to launch or expand a community engaged 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 community engaged art to reimagine equitably designed cities.

We are thrilled to launch the 2023 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 community engaged public art practices.

Twenty artists and artist teams from across the country participated in the program’s first two years, with each participant 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 CreateSpace Public Art Residency webpage to learn more about these artists and their projects. 

2023 CreateSpace participating artists will gain:

  • _Skills: _virtual workshops, artist talks and studio visits for greater understanding of the public art process through the lens of Community, Identity, Accessibility, and Land, including: demystifying public art RFPs, exploring fabrication and approaches to public engagement.
  • Relationships:_ opportunities to connect with public art practitioners from across the country, cultivating professional networks in various sectors and industries._
  • _Practical Experience: _creating new community engaged public art work with tailored coaching from STEPS staff and artistic advisors, through which experimentation is encouraged.
  • Public Audiences: through promotional support leveraging STEPS and partner network, as well as supports to document and present past and current public work.
  • _Financial Support: _artists will each receive individual support valued at up to $5000 CAD , inclusive of a $1500 participation honourarium as well as production, documentation, engagement and accessibility supports.

Deadline: February 5, 2023 - 11:59 pm PST.


Applicants who are Deaf, have a disability, or who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Belinda Uwase at belinda@stepspublicart.org or call 416 366-6565 ex. 2 at least two weeks before the application deadline (by Tuesday, January 17, 2023) to allow STEPS to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.


STEPS Public Art

STEPS fosters dynamic and inclusive communities through public art and creative placemaking. We transform urban spaces into vibrant places through cultural planning, community arts and artist capacity building programs.