Public Art Calls
Public art calls for non-members are $25. Art calls for members are free.
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Red Deer, AB
Pre-Qualification, Artists: Public Art, Northside Community Centre
City of Red Deer
January 29, 2019Link >>
The Red Deer Public Art Program integrates outstanding works of art into public spaces and facilities throughout the city that reflects our community’s distinct culture and character. Through the acquisition of artworks for public display, The City provides an engaging and dynamic urban environment and creates a cultural legacy for the future. This public art project is intended to carry on this exciting civic tradition by seeking an artwork that both captivates community members and visitors with its unique and innovative appeal.
The City is building a new multi-purpose facility, the Northside Community Centre that will serve the cultural and social needs of the City’s northwest communities. Located adjacent to Glendale Middle School and St. Teresa Avila, a pre-kindergarten to Grade 5 (pre-K-5) school and the Glendale Skateboard Park, it will house various gathering and meeting spaces, an arts and culture room, community kitchen, a room dedicated to youth, a children’s play area, and more. Many of the amenities within this new facility are the result of consultations with community stakeholders. This building is an exciting new direction for the City of Red Deer as it begins a new approach to serving the needs of The City’s neighbourhoods.
Glendale Middle School is an inquiry-based school focusing on the sciences. Technology learning is integrated into the regular school curriculum. Also nearby, is the Glendale Skateboard Park, which is a very popular destination for neighbourhood youth. It is the City’s first public concrete pool style bowl with a cradle, a roll-in, a curved escalating extension and a tombstone. The street section includes a number of hips, ledges, stair sets, and a long bank wall. Northside Community Centre is flanked on two sides by major arterial roads – Taylor Drive to the west and 77th Street along the north perimeter.
To reflect the potential of the Northside Community Centre to the community with flexibility and a capability to host a wide variety of quality events, activities and uses, The City of Red Deer is seeking an artist or artist’s team to design, deliver and install a unique, fun, welcoming, and experiential public art piece that will become a focal point to or in the vicinity of the stairway leading to the second level. Using a combination of the stair tread facings of the stairwell, the walls, the open space around and above the stairwell as the location for this public artwork, the artists are tasked with creating an artwork/s that will speak of the many features and activities that will be activated at the new Northside Community Centre. As the building will house spaces for arts and recreation programming to serve Red Deer’s young and young at heart , diverse cultures, community, and educational activities, the artwork should be welcoming, playful and engaging. It could also acknowledge the special association the facility will have with both neighbouring schools, including specific interests in science and technology, possibly even incorporating an interactive or new technological element such as movement, light or sound or referencing the Glendale Skateboard Park’s integral role in the neighbourhood.
With its placement in, on and around the stairway leading to second level meeting and multipurpose rooms from the main reception and children’s play area in the main entrance area, the artwork will incur much foot traffic wear and tear. The stairway steps will be size and dimension approved by current building standards. The space between the stairways’ nosing and riser will be limited and will require the artwork to be comprised of materials that are not only extremely durable and resistant to abuse but must maintain a thin profile. Ceramic tile, mosaic glass, thin gauge metal paneling or other similar or thinner materials are encouraged for consideration especially on the stair treads.
Port Coquitlam, BC
RFP - Call to Artists: Pride Public Art Project
City of Port Coquitlam
January 29, 2019Link >>
The City of Port Coquitlam seeks proposals for an artist-led, community-engaged public art project that recognizes and celebrates Port Coquitlam’s LGBTQ2+ community, and its presence and contribution to the social fabric of the city.
The City has a vision to be a happy, vibrant, safe community with healthy and engaged residents, and is guided by values and principles of accessibility, diversity and inclusion for all members of the community. The Pride Public Art project presents artists with an opportunity to develop an artwork that builds on these values, deepening relationships, creating a visual marker of presence of the LGBTQ2+ community, while providing a space for reflection, opportunities for dialogue and fostering inclusivity and community pride. The artist or artist team will lead the development and creation of the artwork and will engage members of the community in the artmaking process (see Public Art Project Goals in RFP 2018-29).
This call is open to professional artists and artist teams from Metro Vancouver. Qualified artists will demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with a community group, organization or public. Artists identifying as LGBTQ2+ are strongly encouraged to apply.
A site has been selected for the project and is located in the heart of Downtown Port Coquitlam in Leigh Square Community Arts Village, adjacent to City Hall and City Hall Annex. The City invites artists to propose an artwork or artwork installation for the site that is 2-dimension, 3-dimensional, or a combination of both.
The document may be found on BC Bid at: https://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca/open.dll/welcome?language=En and then searching for City of Port Coquitlam. Alternatively, it may be found on the City’s site at this link: https://www.portcoquitlam.ca/business-development/purchasing/current-opportunities/
Maple Ridge, BC
Call for Expressions of Interest: Maple Ridge Seeking Artists for Three Artist in Residence Locations 2019 to 2022
Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation & Culture
February 14, 2019Link >>
Canadian artists and artist teams working in any artistic/cultural discipline are invited to submit an Expression of Interest application for three artist in residence opportunities in Maple Ridge, BC. There are two live-work studio and houses for a term of 3 years starting late spring/summer 2019 and one new work only studio for a term of 1 year starting late spring 2019. The Artist in Residence Program provides an opportunity for emerging and professional artists to create arts/culture based community engagement projects and activities, for a minimum number of hours per year, in exchange for studio space and/or housing. The program’s purpose is to provide a framework for community cultural development and pride of place by activating and animating public facilities and parks through programming and community engagement on themes identified in the City’s strategic plans.
Proposed initiatives are not pre-determined and can be focused on one or more themed areas. We encourage artists with experience working with children, youth and diverse communities, and have an inclusive and community engaged arts practice to apply. Those selected for brief interviews (in person or video conference) will be provided with a $100 honorarium.Please see Guidelines, budget, provisions and application documents for details. or 604.467.7415.
RFQ - Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives
City of Ottawa
February 4, 2019Link >>
Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility - Public Art Opportunity
The City of Ottawa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the opportunity of Artist on Design Team to work collaboratively with the Architectural Design Team of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Joint Facility to design, fabricate and install a permanent, site-specific artwork integrated into the facility.
Closing Date: Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Total budget: Approximately $600,000.00 Canadian Dollars + HST
RFQ - Main Street Mural Project
City of Guelph
February 1, 2019Link >>
Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Link: View the full Call to Artists
The City of Guelph has received one-time funding from Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative to support and benefit rejuvenation, redevelopment, renovations and enhancements to revitalize main streets.
This RFQ is open to professional artists and artist collectives with experience creating mural works. Artists working in any mural medium, style or technique – i.e. aerosol, mosaics, ceramics, paints – may apply.
All applications submitted under this RFQ will be reviewed by the City’s Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee. City Staff representatives are involved as non-voting members.
The commissioned artwork will be chosen through a two-stage selection process:
Artists interested in applying for more than one location are required to submit Letters of Intent for each site.
RFP - Permanent Public Art Work for New King-Liberty Bridge
City of Toronto
February 4, 2019Link >>
Artist's Fee: $20,000.00 (+HST) CDN
Deadline for Submissions: Monday, February 4th, 2019
PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY
The experience of this new public infrastructure will be enhanced by a project by a professional visual artist or an artist-led team, selected through an open competition. The budget of $20,000.00 (+HST) artist fee is for design and consultation services (including contract administration, travel and other incidental expenses) for the duration of the project. Fabrication, printing, installation and other costs related to installation will be the responsibility of the general contractor.
This is a one-stage, open, international competition for professional artists.
Professional artists are invited to submit proposals to be reviewed by the specially appointed Selection Panel. Proposals will be reviewed by City staff for eligibility and will be presented anonymously to the Selection Panel. The Panel will select one (1) proposal to be executed, based on artistic excellence and the proposal's suitability to the overall design scheme and context.
The City of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Division invites local, national and international artists to respond to this RFP by submitting two (2) files in pdf form:
This document must be labeled with the name of the artist or artist-led team and include:
This document must not include the artist's name (as this file will be shared with the selection panel), and include:
The full Terms of Reference and Design Drawings required to apply to this competition can be accessed at: www.toronto.ca/publicartcompetitions.
We thank all respondents for their submissions but only applicants advancing to the second stage of the selection process will be contacted.
Public Art Officer