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Call for Brampton Artists

​STEPS Public Art and the City of Brampton -
Call for Artists: 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency

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?

For 2024, STEPS Public Art is partnering with the City of Brampton to support the development of a new temporary public artwork that will be exhibited in Summer/Fall of 2024.

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.

The City of Brampton is interested in public art interventions that are easily accessible and responsive to local environments. This collaboration with CreateSpace is part of a pilot project, Public Art Along Trails and Pathways, aiming to position public art installations in natural environments such as parks and greenspaces.

The finished public artwork should be sculptural in nature and explore land art, installation, etc. The work will be temporary and is expected to last for five years. Further site-specific information will be given to the selected artist at the onset of the project.

This virtual residency is open to early to mid-career Brampton-based visual artists working in public space, who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), Black, and/or racialized, interested in participating in a virtual residency from March through December 2024. This partnership between STEPS and the City of Brampton will see one Brampton-based artist selected for this opportunity by a selection panel composed of members of the arts community who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), Black, and/or racialized. Program components will be offered in English, with translation and ASL services available as needed to support the participation of a diverse community of artists.

The 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency was designed in collaboration with advisors from coast to coast, to provide emerging Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), Black, 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. Visit the CreateSpace Public Art Residency webpage to learn more about these artists and their projects.

There will be a total of up to ten artists in residence selected for the 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency program, with one spot reserved for this unique partnership. If selected for this call, you will join the other program participants in virtual workshops, planned residency activities, and programming.

2024 CreateSpace participating artists will gain:

Skills: Virtual workshops, artist talks, and studio visits for a greater understanding of the public art process through the lens of Community, Identity, Accessibility, and Land, including: demystifying public art Request for Proposals (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 artwork 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: The artist selected for this partnership with STEPS and the City of Brampton will receive individual support valued at up to $14,500 CAD, inclusive of a $3000 participation honourarium, $11,500 in materials (including insurance), as well as documentation, engagement, and accessibility supports.

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, or Permanent Resident to qualify for this opportunity. Interested applicants must submit their expressions of interest by February 29, 2024, at 11:59 PM EST.

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.

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

  • Attend at least 10 of approximately 15 virtual 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.

Key Program Dates

  • Application Deadline: February 29, 2024, at 11:59 PM EST
  • Selected Artist Announced: March 2024
  • Residency Programming: March - December 2024
  • Facilitated Sessions: March - November 2024
  • Public Artwork Production & Installation Period: June – October 2024
  • Documentation & Audience Development: June - November 2024
  • Program Reflection & Wrap: December 2024

How to Apply

To apply, please click here to fill out the application form by Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11:59 PM EST.

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

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.

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