Call for Artists: 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST

Flutter by Jose Macasinag and photo by Lavounie Doan.

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 Public Art is thrilled to launch the 2024 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.

Thirty artists and artist teams from across the country participated in the program’s first three 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.

The CreateSpace Residency is supported by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation with funding provided by the Government of Canada and TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment.

Visit the full call (available in English and French) for more information.

About the Residency

2024 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.

Participating artists, with the support of STEPS staff and program mentors, are expected to:

  • Attend at least 10 of approximately 15 residency sessions held over 10 months which will include: workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, facilitated discussions, studio visits, etc. We estimate each session to be an hour to an hour and a half time commitment per session. These sessions will run primarily between 1-8 PM EST, Monday through Saturday;
  • Identify and execute a community engaged public art project by the end of the residency;
  • While participating artists are NOT expected to have well thought out plans for a public art project at the time of their application, having a project concept and clearly defined learning objectives for advancing your public art practice are important to make the most of the support that STEPS and CreateSpace partners can provide;
  • Participate in ongoing program evaluation that will help shape the CreateSpace Public Art Residency and other artist capacity building programming;
  • Respect the time and knowledge of CreateSpace advisors, mentors, staff and fellow participating artists, by committing to cultivate a safe, inclusive, supportive and respectful space for learning, exploration and growth.

Farsh 2 by Roda Medhat and photo by Sofia Habib.


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 2024. Up to ten artists will be selected for this opportunity by a selection panel composed of members of the arts community who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and/or racialized. Program components will be offered primarily in English, with translation and ASL services available as needed to support participation of a diverse community of artists.

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident to qualify for this opportunity.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from equity-deserving communities, such as those who identify as two-spirit, trans, Indigiqueer, Afro-Indigenous, as well as individuals living with a disability.

How to Submit

Visit the full call (available in English and French) for more information and Frequently Asked Questions.

To apply, please fill out the application form (English or French) by Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST.

Please Note: Applicants cannot save the form and return to complete it at a later time. We strongly recommend downloading the form and saving your answers on a separate document prior to filling out the online form.

Applicants who are Deaf, have a disability or who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Belinda Uwase at or call 1-888-783-7780 ext. 2 at least two weeks before the application deadline (by January 17, 2024) to allow STEPS to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.

We encourage all applicants to visit the STEPS website prior to preparing this application to have a better understanding of the organization that will be facilitating this residency.

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Belinda Uwase, Artist Programs Coordinator
P: 1-888-783-7780 ext. 2

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