CreateSpace Public Art Residency is 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.
Project Type: Permanent Exhibit
Artist: Jieun June Kim & KJ Bit Collective
Artist Statement: This project was a live-paint jam with 10 mural/aerosol artists in a popular laneway in North York near Sheppard and Yonge Street. The goal was to paint the laneway with vibrant artwork that would deter the current tagging vandalism, while also highlighting the local businesses in the area. It was a way to give back to the community by creating a new public art hub in this particular area which, unlike the downtown core, has very little exposure to mural arts.
CreateSpace Mentor: Andre Kan
Andre Kan is a Toronto-based artist with a primary focus in abstract painting. Graduated in 2014, Andre is currently practicing full time and making a living off of art. His current work investigates the architectural interpretations that respond to our ever-advancing society, and suggests what 'possibility' means through self-discovery.
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.