BIPOC artists in Oakville invited to apply for virtual public art residency


Published January 20, 2023 at 10:11 am

The Town of Oakville has teamed up with STEPS Public Art to feature an emerging Black, Indidgenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) artist at this year’s Ontario Culture days Festival in October.

Artists who are living, working or studying in Oakville are eligible to apply for a spot the in the virtual 2023 CreateSpace Public Art Residency program.

This residency, which runs from March to December 2024, is open to early to mid-career BIPOC Canadian-based visual and media artists that meet the eligibility requirements.

The Oakville-based artist selected for the program will have to create a 2D mural that will be debuted in Oakville during the Ontario Culture Days Festival in October. The entry selection panel is comprised of leading Black, Indigenous and racialized public art practitioners from across Canada.

Through workshops, artist talks, and studio visits, the virtual residency will help the featured artist hone their skills and have a better understanding of the public art process.

The artist will receive network opportunities with seasoned national artists, up to $10,000 in financial support including an honorarium, cost of art production and materials, and access to studio spaces in Oakville to create their mural.

The residency program is aimed at promoting the skills, relationships and practical experiences needed to build and advance community engaged public art practices.

Applications for the residency close on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. For details on how to apply, FAQs or more information, visit here.

STEPS works to amplify the voices of BIPOC community members who also identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, racialized, disabled and equity-deserving artists.

To learn more about these artists and their projects, visit here. Visit the webpage here.