Call for Artists: Paid Public Art Mentorship
I saw all this continue on (detail), 2014, Finn O’Hara in collaboration with Steve Driscoll Call for Artists: Paid...

I saw all this continue on (detail), 2014, Finn O’Hara in collaboration with Steve Driscoll

Call for Artists: Paid Public Art Mentorship

Are you, or do you know, an artist, interested in gaining valuable training and hands-on experience in the development of large-scale public artwork?

As leaders in developing innovative public artwork, The STEPS Initiative, along with Brad Golden + Co is launching a unique public art mentorship, offering a paid opportunity to gain valuable training and hands-on experience related to developing large-scale permanent public artwork under the mentorship of Steve Driscoll.

We invite artists to apply for a public art mentorship (January – December 2019), during which they will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain a fulsome understanding of how large-scale public artworks are commissioned
  • Become familiar with diverse approaches to developing public art, including opportunities for community engagement
  • Hone transferable technical and project management skills
  • Forge new and valuable cross-sectoral relationships
  • Access embedded training and hands-on learning opportunities
  • Understand how the City of Toronto’s 1% for public art program works
  • Gain valuable portfolio-building experience on a high-profile public project
  • Earn an Artistic Mentee Honorarium of $5,000 CDN

We are looking for artists who:

  • Have experience creating and executing visual arts projects (previous public art experience is not a requirement)
  • Identify an alignment between their personal artistic practice and public artwork
  • Are available throughout the identified mentorship period (while the artist is not expected to be available on an ongoing basis; there will be scheduled touch points throughout the project’s timeline)
  • Are resourceful and independent; able to identify learning objectives in support of their own development

Application Process:

Submit the following by email to info@stepsinitiative.comno later than 5pm EST Monday, January 14, 2019.

  • Cover letter outlining desire to participate in this opportunity, highlighting connections to your artistic practice and learning objectives
  • Artistic CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Up to 5 images of past sample work

Application materials should each be provided as an attachment with a filename that begins with the applicants last name.

Contact: Bebhinn Jennings, Program Manager. The STEPS Initiative. 416.366.6565.

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