Public Art Calls

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


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British Columbia

District of Mission, BC
1st Ave Mission Public Art Call
Mission Cultural Resources Commission
April 3, 2018
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The District of Mission Parks, Recreation & Culture Department is seeking proposals for the design, fabrication and installation of original Public Art to coincide with the First Avenue Improvement Project in Mission. The successful Proponent will be required to enter into negotiation for an agreement with the District for the provision of the Project as described further in this RFP.
The First Avenue Ave Improvement Project includes road and streetscape upgrades on First Avenue from Grand Street to Horne Street in downtown Mission.

The District of Mission is inviting artists to participate in this public art competition. The selected artist will receive a commission to design, fabricate and install the original public art in downtown Mission. The intended outcome of this project is to enhance the public space and contribute to Mission’s unique cultural identity with original artwork.
This RFP is open to qualified professionals and artist teams, defined as having specialized training in the field or a history of having exhibitions as an artist, and who are recognized as artists by peers and art professionals. The successful Proponent is to start upon official project award and signing of the agreement with a completion and installation date no later than August 30, 2018.


How to Apply

Please visit to download the RFP.

Richmond, BC
Tait Waterfront Park Sculptural Pavilion, Request for Proposals, RFP
City of Richmond
April 3, 2018
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The Richmond Public Art Program is seeking an artist, artist team or artist-led design team to create a sculptural pavilion for the new Tait Waterfront Park. The artwork will function as a picnic shelter that may also accommodate other formal and informal community-based activities and programming such as yoga, tai-chi and performing arts events. The civic artwork will be located in a prominent location near the entrance to Tait Waterfront Park at 10211 River Drive.

This is a two-stage open artist call. Following review of the submissions, the Selection Panel will recommend up to three artists to be shortlisted. Shortlisted artists will be invited to develop concept proposals and attend an interview.  An interview fee of $1,000 will be paid to each of the shortlisted artists or artist teams.


Artist Fee: $130,000 CAN
Eligibility: Artists residing in British Columbia and Alberta
Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PST
Completion: Spring 2019


For more information and how to apply:

North Vancouver, BC
Vehicular Tunnel - Spirit Trail: Call for Expressions of Interest
North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission
April 15, 2018
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Seeking Light Based Artwork
This is a public art call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the City of North Vancouver’s Public Art Program and Polygon Homes Ltd. seeking an artist or artist team to create a site-specific light-based public artwork to be featured in a vehicular tunnel, in the Lower Lonsdale area. The tunnel is located underneath the ICBC headquarters building and leads vehicle and pedestrian traffic through the local transit hub.

Now 34 years old the tunnel has been identified as an opportunity for a light-based artwork. Art-light installations, including interactive lighting displays, have been used in other regions to transform difficult public spaces. It is envisioned that a light-based artwork would make this location more visually dynamic, engaging, inviting and playful for all members of the community, especially given that the tunnel also now functions as a vital link in the North Shore wide multi-use Spirit Trail.

Polygon's Promenade at the Quay project is a 13 storey tower of 117 apartment residences above a commercial podium of retail space and the new home of the North Vancouver Museum. With its long north-south axis, the tower’s rectangular slab matches the grain of the historic industrial waterfront and many of the buildings south of Esplanade.

Budget: $230,000 CAD (inclusive)
Eligibility Guidelines: Open to artists or artist teams with a body of work consistent with the proposed public art intent for the tunnel site. Artist and/or artist teams are required to demonstrate successful completion of one or more projects with a budget of at least $50k and proven experience working with light as an artistic medium.
Submission Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at midnight.

For more information and to download the complete project package, please visit the website.

Victoria, BC
Centre for Trades Education and Innovation - Call for Expression of Interest
Camosun College
April 12, 2018
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Camosun College is seeking submission proposals from qualified British Columbia artists for a site specific public artwork at our Centre for Trades Education and Innovation building on the Interurban Campus in Victoria BC. The successful submission proposal must be completed and installed within the allotted space(s) The art would be placed in an existing “enclave”/platform of space which is incorporated into the stair and wheelchair access ramp system leading up to the main entrance of the of the building. Proposed artworks must reflect and embody the vision of our Centre for Trades Education and Innovation. We are seeking proposals that consider relationship with local First Nations communities, draw on existing relationships with the college, and speak to the college community inclusively. Proposals should provide opportunity for the college community to witness and support in the creation of the work; but will specifically provide opportunities for Visual Arts students, Trades students and Indigenous Studies students to learn from the creation and installation of the selected work. CTEI is a state of the art facility which may be available to facilitate production of the selected work in part or in whole depending on specific needs (to be negotiated with the selected artist prior to final award of competition is granted. Proposals should also take into account and consider the CTEI building itself as
well as material choices that reflect the programs and histories that exist within and around it (ie Jack White and John Drysdale buildings).

As a community college, we are seeking a Public artwork that celebrates and embraces a strong relationship between the college and artist, the artist and First Nations community. It will demonstrate relationship or connection with the Trades education faculty and students.



This call is open to professional artists or artist teams who reside in BC and who have specialized training in the field of visual arts or an exhibition history and who are recognized as artist by peers and artist professionals. Relationship and connection to local Indigenous nations is considered an asset. Special consideration will be given to those who can demonstrate mentorship and working with community in the creation of works.



The budget for this artwork is $75,000.00 and includes all project costs including artist fee, insurance, materials, production / fabrication costs, delivery, travel, installation, engineering, electrical fees and taxes.


Submission Guidelines:

Submissions may be in the form of an emailed pdf containing all of the information listed below, as one single PDF with a maximum number of 18 numbered pages.
Submissions by mail must include physical printed copies of all support documents with images on dvd or thumb drive readable on PC and MAC. Mailed or delivered submissions should be clearly marked 18-03-2231 Call for Public Art.

Please download and carefully review the complete Art Call 18_03_2231_Call_for_Public_Art.pdf before submitting. 


New Westminster, BC
Boundary Road Drainage Pump Station Replacement - RFQ
City of New Westminster
April 6, 2018
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The City of New Westminster’s Public Art Program, in partnership with the Engineering Department is seeking an artist to work collaboratively with the design team on the replacement of the Boundary Road Drainage Pump Station. The artist will not be producing a standalone artwork in isolation but will work with the design team to identify opportunities for artistic expression and intent throughout the programmatic requirements of the building. The ability for the selected artist and design team to collaborate and work well throughout the design process is imperative to the success of the project.

The Boundary Road Drainage Pump Station is located in Queensborough. The Station will be rebuilt to increase drainage system capacity, resiliency and meet the long term drainage needs as well as improve dike elevation to protect the City from inundation from the Fraser River. The new pump station will act as a gateway, greeting visitors and passers-by from the Queensborough Perimeter Trail, Hidden Bike Track and the Fraser River waterfront.

Artist Eligibility
This project is open to professional artists and artist teams from British Columbia. Qualified artists will have experience working collaboratively with other professional disciplines. City of New Westminster Council, staff and the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee members, selection panel members, project personnel and immediate family members are not eligible to apply.

Artist Selection Process
The artist or artist team will be selected for this commission through an open call process coupled with finalist interviews. The five-person selection panel will comprise the landscape architect and architect from the design team, a community member from Queensborough, a PAAC member and an artist professional. The invited artists will be requested to attend an orientation session and interview to discuss their work, past approaches, working methods, and answer questions related to this opportunity. The selection panel will then recommend one artist or artist team for the commission. The shortlisted artists will be paid $250.00 honorarium for their presentation.

Submission Materials
(1) One page letter of interest
Provide perspective on the artist’s practice and specific interest in this project. Please do not provide a concept at this time.

Current CV (3 page maximum)
Provide your name, address, phone number, email address and details of all experience related to public artwork and other relevant information.

Up to 10 images of recent work
Up to 10 digital images showing previous examples of public art created by the artist(s). Provide the following information to support the images: title, date completed, medium, location and commission value.

How to Apply

Please download and review the Complete Art Call carefully before applying.



Ottawa, ON
National Call for Proposals to Emerging Artists - Passage
Canadian Heritage
April 16, 2018
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Canadian Heritage is seeking a dynamic, impactful image that conveys the theme of ‘passage’- en route; on the way; on a journey; an act, process, or instance of passing through or over; on the move; transition ...

The winning image will be reproduced on exterior quality graphic film and installed on the York Street Steps for a one-year period starting in spring 2018. Deadline for submissions April 16, 5 pm (EDT).

Open to all Canadian visual artists, photographers, graphic designers and illustrators between the ages of 18 and 35. All genres will be considered – figurative, abstract, collage, trompe l’oeil, optical illusion, pattern, etc.

The Art in the Capital Program, managed by Canadian Heritage, aims to raise the profile of public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region. Public art is an integral part of urban landscapes and contributes to a vibrant, enriched society.

The York Street Steps are in a high visibility location in the core of Canada’s Capital Region linking the historic Byward Market district to Major’s Hill Park and Parliament Hill. The steps are used by thousands of visitors and residents each year.

Submission of Proposals

Please download and review the complete art call before submission. A French version is enclosed as well. 

Please identify your proposal: Passage 2018
All proposals must be submitted by email to:


Ottawa, ON
Call to Artists Elgin Street Renewal (RFQ)
City of Ottawa
April 23, 2018
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Deadline:   Monday April 23, 2018, 4:00 p.m. EST
Budget:   $150,000 CND plus HST
Information:   Melissa Black, Public Art Officer , 613-244-4261


The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit qualifications for an Artist in Residence opportunity to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork for Elgin Street as outlined in the Call to Artists. This three-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy.

City Council approved the Functional Design for Elgin Street (Gloucester Street to Queen Elizabeth Driveway) and Waverley Street (Elgin Street to Jack Purcell Lane). The watermains and deep sewers under these streets are among the oldest in the city, dating back to the late 1800s. The need to replace this aging infrastructure created a unique opportunity to assess the road surfaces and redesign them to meet the City of Ottawa’s Traditional Mainstreet designation in the Official Plan, Complete Streets policy and Accessibility Design Standards.


Artist in Residence
The Elgin Street Artist in Residence opportunity seeks innovative and compelling projects from artist(s) who are interested in creative collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue as an artistic practice. The residency provides an opportunity for an artist to develop innovative strategies for public art involving diverse members of the local community or businesses in joint creative practices, broadening the community’s experience and connection to the arts.
The selected artist(s) will establish a series of opportunities for community interaction and collaboration with the Elgin Street community to take place during a 5 month residency period from August to December 2018. A creative, inclusive, community-engaged residency will bring together various sectors of the Elgin Street community into a collaborative dialogue on public art through exploring the challenges and opportunities of the site(s). The residency will result in the creation of permanent public art installed along Elgin Street. Temporary public art installations in addition to permanent public art are also encouraged.



This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to professional artists and artist teams with experience in community-engaged art and in creating permanent public art. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. The City of Ottawa is committed to supporting cultural activities that respond to the Calls to Action put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Please download and review the complete Art Call and a French version Elgin_St_Call_to_Artists_bil.pdf