Creative Catalyst - Left of Centre

Creative Catalyst - Left of Centre

About the Creative Catalyst Program

Are you an emerging artist looking to explore and broaden your artistic practice? Back for a second year, the Creative Catalyst program creates space for emerging Black artists to receive one-on-one consulting and support from mid-career / established artists, while also creating opportunities for group learning, dialogue, and connection. 

This year, participating artists will receive six months of consulting support from a Consultant of their choice who best aligns with their artistic practice and goals, as well as a Research, Learning, and Creation Stipend, to be used to support participating artists’ artistic and professional development for the duration of the program. The program is open to emerging Black artists based within the Greater Toronto Area. Activities will take place both virtually, and in-person. The program features Consultants working in the following disciplines/areas: Curatorial Practice, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Photography, and Grant Writing.

What Will I Receive?

One-on-One and Group Learning Opportunities

The program is driven by artists. Over the course of the six month program, artists will have the opportunity to reach out  to and engage their assigned Consultant for one-on-one meetings and conversations on topics and themes of their choosing in relation to their artistic practices, including but not limited to questions about their work, requests for feedback, questions regarding research, collaboration, process, technique, form, and more. These meetings will be driven by the artist’s pursuit of, and interest in, conversation, dialogue, and inquiry.

Curated Services and Supports

Each Consultant has developed a selection of curated learning opportunities, services, and supports that they will make available to their artists, designed to offer exclusive and customized learning and creation opportunities at no cost to the artist.

Workshops, Talks and Networking Sessions

The Creative Catalyst program will offer a number of exclusive workshops, artist talks, and networking opportunities to build community, help expand creative networks, and spark inspiration. Activities will be tailored to the professional and artistic goals of participating artists, and held virtually and in-person.

Research, Learning, and Creation Stipend

Participating artists will receive a $750 Research, Learning, and Creation stipend to support their artistic practices over the six months of the program. The stipend will allow artists to unlock additional professional development to supplement their consulting & mentorship, as well as funds to purchase materials, supplies to support the development of work and research.

How to Apply?

Emerging Black artists based in the Greater Toronto Area are invited to a merit-based Call for Applications, where they will be able to express interest in working with one or more Creative Consultants in the program. Successful applicants will then be paired with the Consultant of their choosing. Applications close December 31, 2022, 11:59pm.

Meet the Consultants

Paulina O’Kieffe Anthony – Grant Writing Consultant

Paulina is an award winning artist, curator, arts educator and creative consultant that has been successfully writing grants for the last 15 years. Paulina’s expertise lies in her understanding of the arts and public funding grants processes as well as having significant exposure to granting bodies through her experience as a past grant reviewer for the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Director for ArtReach | More About Paulina


Paulina’s areas of support include one-on-one meetings, grant reviews, and grant writing support.


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Fiona Raye Clarke – Literary Arts Consultant

Fiona is an award-winning Trinidadian-Canadian writer and community-engaged artist. Her writing has appeared online and in print in The Puritan Town Crier, the Room Magazine blog, Carousel Magazine, and Quill & Quire, among others. Productions and staged readings of her plays have been produced by b current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival, InspiraTO, and the TD-DD Black Playwrights Mentoring Program | More About Fiona


Fiona’s areas of support include one-on-one meetings, creative writing substantive and line editing, and accountability & professional writing career consultation.


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Erika DeFreitas – Visual Arts Consultant

Erika’s multidisciplinary practice includes performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, drawing and writing. Placing emphasis on gesture, process, the body, documentation and paranormal phenomena, DeFreitas mines concepts of loss, post-memory, legacy and objecthood | More About Erika


Erika’s areas of support include one-on-one meetings, portfolio reviews, studio tour and exhibition preparation, and artist talk coaching.


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Djenabé Edouard – Photography Consultant

Djenabé is a Haitian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and writer whose practice has organically emerged into the curatorial world through a unique collection of performance art activations, interactive installations and art exhibitions. Djenabé’s curatorial work is focused on the female gaze, identity, and Afro-Caribbean heritage | More About Djenabe


Djenabé’s support areas include one-on-one meetings, support with lighting, portraiture, and portfolio reviews.


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Geneviève Wallen – Curatorial Practice Consultant

Geneviève is a Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal and Tkaronto/Toronto-based independent curator, write, researcher, and workshop facilitator. She obtained a BFA in Art History at Concordia University (2012) and an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (2015) | More About Geneviève


Geneviève’s areas of support include one-on-one meetings, research, and exhibition planning.


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There’s a huge gap between people that are “in the industry” and those that are on the outside trying to get in. This program closed that gap. It allowed us to interact with people that are in the industry. For me, I was able to get some secrets or some tips that maybe I wouldn’t know, that weren’t publicly available.

2021 Creative Catalyst Participant

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