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: Shelby Gagnon
Artist Collaborator: Lora Northway
Artist Statement: Shelby’s project is a public art mural called “Asutta Aki” in Thunder Bay in collaboration with Lora Northway from Die Active Art Collective. The mural will combine Ojibwa floral designs and Finnish ancestral designs that compliment each other, representing both the artists' heritage and their shared overlapping history in the area.
CreateSpace Mentor: Zongwe Binesikwe Crystal Hardy
Zongwe Binesikwe Crystal Hardy (they/she) is a Two-Spirit Anishinaabe storyteller from the Bear Clan. They are a member of Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishnabek living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Zongwe hopes to help create social change, healing and understanding through storytelling. They use their voice as medicine through podcasting, creative non-fiction, solution focused journalism and art as ceremony.
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.