Public Art Calls

Public art calls for non-members are $25. Art calls for members are free.


Non-members can download the payment form here
*Please note, this is not a fillable form


Please send your art calls (in Word format) to


Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto, ON - Photo by Karen Mills


Edmonton, AB
Open Call for Edmonton Based Artists
Edmonton Arts Council


This is an open call to Edmonton-based artists issued by the Edmonton Arts Council, on behalf of the City of Edmonton for public art projects under $20,000.00.

This is not a specific call for projects, it is a request to keep your portfolio on file at the EAC.

All artists are welcome to submit a complete portfolio, based on the the attached entry form, to be included in the Edmonton Public Art Artist Portfolio Collection.

The EAC acknowledges growth in artistic careers and welcomes artists to update their portfolio on file.


Click to download the Portfolio Submission Form

Edmonton, AB
Kinistinâw Park (RFQ)
Edmonton Arts Council
July 12, 2017
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The Kinistinâw Park public art competition, open to professional artists or artist teams residing in Canada, is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas” (C458C).

The Edmonton Arts Council, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, seeks an artist or artist team to respond to a unifying architectural element, called “Common Thread,” within Kinistinaw Park.

The artwork may be substantially integrated into, or may enhance, the park elements that follow/are part of the thread. The call is open to substantial design integration and/or new installed elements such as light, sound, materials, transitions from overhead to underfoot, etc. Alternatively, the artwork may contrast or otherwise be in dialogue with the park components.

Budget: $115,000.00 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm MST on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Installation: Spring 2018

For more information, contact Grace Law: phone (780) 424-2787 ext. 230 or email:

Edmonton, AB
#YEGCanvas 2017
Edmonton Arts Council
July 28, 2017
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The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) and Pattison Outdoor Advertising present #YEGCANVAS 2017. This highly visible, high-profile transitory public art initiative turns the city of Edmonton into an urban gallery exhibiting works by Edmonton-area emerging, Indigenous, and multicultural artists, craftspeople, and artisans. #YEGCANVAS is an entry point for artists who have had little opportunity to participate in public art or exhibit in the Edmonton area.

#YEGCANVAS 2017 - a  Citywide Billboard & LRT Station-Based Art Exhibition will feature 45 works of art displayed on billboards and LRT station transit posters throughout the City of Edmonton. Up to 45 artists will be selected for this exhibition, and their artwork will be shown on 10 billboards and 15 LRT station transit posters located throughout Edmonton. #YEGCANVAS 2017 will run from October 30, 2017 to April 15, 2018.

Artists may submit up to three suitable existing artworks, or new work created for consideration. All works must be original to the artist.

$500 CAD (maximum, all inclusive) per image - artists may submit up to three artworks.

Deadline for Submissions:
4:30 pm on Friday, July 28, 2017

Rotating display on 10 billboards and 15 LRT station posters starting October 30, 2017 ending April 15, 2018.

This opportunity is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas” (C458C) and the “Public Art Transitory Program”.

The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to equity in all aspects of its work, and invites proposals from all potentially interested artists.

For more information, contact the Edmonton Arts Council: phone (780) 424–2787 or e-mail:

Click here to download the call

British Columbia

Surrey, BC
UrbanScreen Call for Proposals
City of Surrey
June 16, 2017
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Imagined by artists and built by the City, Surrey’s UrbanScreen is an advertising-free outdoor public art venue for digital media art projections. UrbanScreen is Canada’s largest, permanent, non-commercial screen and presents digital artwork by regionally and internationally significant artists.

UrbanScreen is used as an offsite venue by the Surrey Art Gallery, with the Gallery commissioning new works for exhibition at this site. Surrey Art Gallery invites proposals for site-specific and responsive artworks for exhibition on Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre’s west façade at 13458 107A Avenue in Surrey. Exhibitions appear 30 minutes after sunset, and conclude at midnight.


Please include the following information in your submission:

  • A one-page introduction to your proposal.
  • A hyperlink to a full proposal of the project, including a longer description and a rendering of the artwork, located on your website.
  • A hyperlink to your website, which should include your exhibition history, samples of previously completed work (images, videos, recordings), and information about you and/or your team (links to other partner websites with documentation).

Proposals are to be submitted via an email no larger than 1 MB. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below (which will be updated as we receive questions) and Venue Specifications sections.

Submit proposals with the subject line “UrbanScreen Proposal” to .

Proposals will be received by Surrey Art Gallery and will be reviewed by curatorial staff with support of the UrbanScreen Advisory Committee. All proposals will be acknowledged.

For complete details download the PDF or visit


Vancouver, BC
Artist-Initiated Opportunity
City of Vancouver
July 5, 2017
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The City of Vancouver invites artists to expand their art practice into the public realm and propose new artworks envisioned for sites in Vancouver at any scale. Proposed artworks should contemplate the city, its defining features, spaces and neighbourhoods.

Artists have the chance to create public art outside of constraints of site, theme or medium, allowing for explorations of all parts of the city. Emerging or established artists may propose works in a range of mediums including, but not limited to:
  • built form,
  • two-dimensional work,
  • socially engaged practices,
  • short-term and permanent sculptural installations.

All commissions are for new work only. Existing work will not be considered.

Eligible applicants are professional artists that connect to or live in Vancouver.

How to Apply
For more information and application procedures, please read through the Artist-initiated Public Art Commission Guidelines. All proposals must be submitted through the online application form.

Key Dates

  • Artist information session: Wednesday June 7, 2017
  • Submission deadline: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Karen Henry, Cultural Planner
Cultural Services, City of Vancouver

Apply Online

Surrey, BC
Fraser Heights Recreation Centre Sculpture EOI
City of Surrey
July 16, 2017
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The City of Surrey invites Expressions of Interest from professional artists or artist teams to create an iconic sculpture to serve as a landmark and gateway feature near the Fraser Heights Recreation Centre at 160 Street and 105 Avenue in Surrey.


Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from artists interested in creating a public artwork that will serve as an iconic landmark and a gateway feature into the Fraser Heights neighbourhood in Surrey. The artwork will be located outside Fraser Heights Recreation Centre. The design should anticipate attachment to a concrete slab foundation to be supplied and installed by the City of Surrey.

Fraser Heights’ residents, who participated in the public art planning consultation meetings, recommended the values of community, diversity and nature to inspire artists in their artwork concept development. The location near the Recreation Centre was recommended by residents and is a highly visible location. An artwork located here will serve as a landmark for the Fraser Heights neighbourhood, greeting those travelling by car from the Trans-Canada Highway as well as from neighbouring Surrey areas. This location will also welcome everyone participating in programs at the Fraser Heights Recreation Centre

Fraser Heights is a very active and multicultural community. Residents enjoy their views of the Fraser River and the Coastal Mountains and a strong sense of community due in part to people meeting each other while enjoying walking, running, cycling, or playing with their families in the many parks and green spaces. Supporting residents’ active lifestyle as well as their appreciation for nature, is the nearby multi-use Fraser Heights Greenway and two pedestrian overpasses that provide residents with walking or cycling connection to other neighbourhoods in Guildford and more parks and trails. Fraser Height’s northern border is the South Fraser Perimeter Road and the Fraser River. The south is bordered by the Trans-Canada Highway. East of Fraser Heights’ residential area is the Surrey Bend Regional Park along the Fraser River, and one of the pedestrian overpasses connects Fraser Heights directly to Tynehead Regional Park.

The artwork budget is $90,000 inclusive of all costs including artist fees, design, materials, insurance, all engineering expenses, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel and taxes. Foundation for the sculpture will be supplied by the City of Surrey.

This call is open to qualified professionals and artist teams, defined as having specialized training in the field of visual arts or a history of having exhibitions as an artist, and who are recognized as artists by peers and arts professionals.

For complete details regarding eligibility, selection process, and submission requirements download the call.