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Leslie Nymark Public Art Project

TCHC and Tridel are working with STEPS to facilitate a public art project in the Villaways / Leslie Nymark community. STEPS invited Ontario-based artists and artist collectives to submit proposals for an exterior public art installation to be completed within the revitalized Leslie Nymark community.


Location: Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue East, North York

Artist(s): In development

Year: 2020 – 2021

Services: Public Art Management


professional proposals received


shortlisted artist collectives


lead artist collective to be selected in October


Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) partnered with Tridel to revitalize the Villaways neighbourhood in North York at Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue East. Part of the revitalization process is the creation and installation of a community-engaged public artwork led by a professional public artist or artist collective.

A Call to Artists was released in March 2020 and attracted over 25 Ontario-based professional artists and artist collectives to apply for the Leslie Nymark Public Art Opportunity. A jury committee of peers consisting of two public artists and three Leslie Nymark artist tenants reviewed the applications and shortlisted four artist collectives to move forward in the competition.

To learn more about this unique Public Art process to date, click here

On October 7, 2020, the 4 shortlisted artists presented their concept proposals and community engagement plans for the Leslie Nymark Public Art Project.

View the proposals and presentations from each of the shortlisted artists here!

HIBA ABDALLAH and the Department of Unusual CertaintIES (DoUC)
Christine Leu and Alan Webb, LeuWebb Projects
Jennifer marman & Daniel Borins 
Jessey Pacho, Moises Frank & Alex Popelavskis, Full Spectrum 

Did you live at the Villaways? Are you returning to the community?

Now that you have had an opportunity to virtually meet the 4 shortlisted artist collectives and review their proposals, we would like to hear your feedback. Your responses will help the jury make the final decision and directly influence the public artwork that will be created and installed in your community.

Click here to share your feedback. Be part of the process in selecting the final artist collective today!

Survey closes October 25, 2020 at 11:59pm

For additional information or questions, please contact Praneti Kulkarni at info@stepsinitiative.com or 416.366.6565.

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