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


Lab de Dance, Ottawa, ON


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
#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

St. Albert, AB
Call to Artists - Invitation to Tender
City of St. Albert
December 21, 2017
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Temporary, Community-Engaged Public Art at the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival 


Budget: $23,500.00

Deadline for Submissions: 20:00 pm (local time), December 21st, 2017


Description: The City of St. Albert’s Art in Public Places program is pleased to announce an Invitation to Tender for an artist-led, community-engaged temporary public artwork to be created for the 2018 Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival. The City seeks submissions from experienced artists or artist teams residing in Canada.


Building bridges between art, culture and education, the Children’s Festival is a buzzing, colourful, six-day arts and culture experience held annually in May/June in St. Albert. It is nationally recognized as the region’s signature cultural event and is visited by over 50,000 children, youth and adults from Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan. The public artwork at the Festival plays an important role by contributing an experiential and thought-provoking visual art experience for community members and visitors.


The goal of the public art commission is the development, implementation and installation of a three-dimensional, artist-led, temporary project of artistic merit that engages the community in one or more of the following ways:

Engages community members, groups, schools and/or organizations of St. Albert:

  1. in meaningful dialogue and/or exchange of ideas in conjunction with the artwork;
  2. as collaborators in the artwork concept development and/or production phases;
  3. as co-creators in the artwork concept development and/or production phases;
  4. in programming created in conjunction with the artwork; or by
  5. installing an artwork that is highly interactive and provides opportunities for active public participation during the Festival by allowing for the public to touch, look, move through or otherwise interact with the artwork in considered and inspiring ways.

The public artwork will be temporarily installed from May 29 – June 3, 2018 during the Festival and will be located on Festival grounds in a highly visible place for the public to enjoy. Scope and scale (maximum footprint of 40 x 50 feet) of the three-dimensional artwork installation will be proposed by the Artist/Team and could include a project with a single footprint or multiple components placed in strategic locations.


The commissioned artwork will be chosen by a Jury through a one-stage Artwork Selection process. Following the review of all eligible ITT submissions, a final artist/team will be selected for the commission in January 2018.


Please note this is an announcement. All artists/teams wishing to submit proposals will require the complete Call to Artists – Invitation to Tender. For the complete Invitation to Tender document please contact:

Tammy Tokar
p. 780.459.1600


Canmore, AB
National Call for Artists – Town of Canmore Expressions of Interest (RFQ)
Town of Canmore
January 31, 2018
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The Town of Canmore is seeking Expressions of Interest (i.e. Request for Qualifications) from mid-career and senior professional artists to create a permanent work of art that will reflect and celebrate the community. The project is held in accordance with the Town of Canmore Public Art Policy.  The Canmore Public Art Committee seeks to include, and encourages participation from artists from across Canada including Multi-Cultural and Indigenous artists.

Budget: $110,000 CAD + GST (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions: 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Shortlist Notification: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Residency: February 15 to April 5, 2018
Artist to select 2-4 days to visit Canmore

Maquette Due: 4:00pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

Final Artist Selection: Monday, June 4, 2018

Engineered Drawings Due: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Installation: May 2019

Artist Talk/Public Presentation: During Installation - Spring 2019 

For detailed information about this Call for Artists, please download the following document:



For more information, please contact: 

  Chris Bartolomie

  Supervisor, Arts and Events

  P: 403.678.8938


  Dawn Saunders Dahl

  Arts and Events Coordinator

  P: 403.678-1546



Arts & Events Office Location 907B - 7 Avenue, Canmore, AB T1W 3K1 

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm MST
Mailing Address:  Arts and Events c/o Canmore Civic Centre 902-7 Avenue, Canmore, AB  T1W 3K1


We thank all artists for contributing their time to submit an application for this public art call.

British Columbia

Richmond, BC
Storm and Sanitary Sewer Access Cover Design (RFP)
City of Richmond
January 11, 2018
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The Richmond Public Art Program, in partnership with Engineering and Public Works, invites professional artists residing in Canada to submit proposals for sewer access cover designs. Two artists or artist teams will be selected. This is an excellent opportunity for artists working in two-dimensional media including drawing, printmaking, illustration and graphic design. The sewer access covers will be installed throughout the City of Richmond to replace decommissioned covers and for new infrastructure and building developments. 

Artist Budget: Up to $2,500 CAD each 
Eligibility: Artists residing in Canada
Deadline: Thursday January 11, 2018 at 5:00pm PST
Completion: Spring 2018

For more information on how to apply, please download the Artist Call Request for Proposal, Design Template and Application Information Form


Eric Fiss, Public Art Planner
City of Richmond
604 247 4612

New Westminster, BC
Open Call for Submissions: 2018 Capture Photography Festival
City of New Westminster
December 28, 2017
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Capture Photography Festival and the City of New Westminster Public Art Program seek photography-based submissions for a new public art site. The theme for this call is “PLAY”. Artists are asked to consider the thematic of “Play” and consider related elements such as play on colour, abstraction, humour, vibrancy and community wellness as well as the specificity of the site. This public art project will be installed on the Sapperton Park chain link fence wall on 351 East Columbia St in New Westminster across from Royal Columbian Hospital. The fence measures 6m high by 27m wide.

The project will take the form of a temporary, large-scale photo installation. It will provide a point of access to art and photography for all members of the public—from nearby residents and commuters, to those drawn from outside the area by the local arts and culture scene.

One artist or one artist team will be selected for this opportunity. The artist or artist team will receive an artist fee of $3000.00 CAD to produce one or more print-ready digital artwork files. Production and installation costs will be provided for by the City of New Westminster.


The project will animate the Sapperton Park chain link fence wall on 351 East Columbia St. It will take the form of a temporary, large-scale photo installation on East Columbia Street—a high traffic location across from the newly renovated Sapperton Park, in the same neighborhood as Brewery District and Royal Columbian Hospital and in close proximity to Sapperton Skytrain Station and Begbie Plaza. The site is easily accessible by foot, bike, transit, and driving. This project will provide a point of access to art and photography for all members of the public—from nearby residents and commuters, to those drawn from outside the area by the local arts and culture scene. The site is located at a central location in Sapperton, which is frequently animated with various community festivals and events such as Sapperton Days, holiday events and others. The public art piece will further contribute to the animation of these events, add to the community pride, sense of place and identity of New Westminster.

Installation and material use
The photograph selected for the Public Art Project in partnership with Capture Photography Festival will be printed on wide format mesh outdoor banner. The mesh is printed with the image and/or graphic desired, visible on both sides of the fence.


Project Budget
One artist or an artist team will be selected for this opportunity. The artist or artist team will receive an artist fee of $3000.00 CAD to produce one or more print-ready digital artwork files. Production and installation costs will be provided for by the City of New Westminster.


Artist Selection Process
A five (5) member selection panel consisting of New Westminster Public Art Advisory Committee member, artists, art professionals and community representatives will engage in a one-stage artist selection process to review all artist submissions. At the conclusion of the process, the panel will recommend 1 artist or an artist teams for the commission to the Public Art Advisory Committee. The commission is subject to final approval by City Council.

Artist Selection Criteria

Submissions to the call will be reviewed and decisions made based on:

  • Artistic merit of artist statement of intent in response to the exhibition opportunity, theme interpretation, site specificity, and selection criteria.
  • Ability of the artwork to respond to the existing character of the site by taking into account scale, colour, material, texture, content and the physical characteristics of the location
  • Artist capacity to work with other design professionals and stakeholders

Design Criteria

  • Artworks should not incorporate corporate or registered brands or logos.

Submission Requirements

  • STATEMENT OF INTENT – 1 page maximum, explaining proposed conceptual approach to the work, why the artist is interested in this opportunity and how the project responds to the theme and the selection criteria.
  • ARTIST CV – 1 page maximum. Artist teams should include 1 page for each member.
  • PAST WORK SAMPLES – 10 supporting image examples of previous work. 1 image per page. Please include artist name(s), title, year, location and medium information as text captions on the bottom of each image page. Work should demonstrate the ability to execute the proposed project.
  • PROPOSED IMAGE to be considered for installation. Please include artist name(s), title, year, location and medium information as text captions on the bottom of each image page. Please use installation specs if creating a mock up.
  • CONTACT INFORMATION – please include telephone and email address.

Submission Information

Submissions may be provided to the City either by email, uploaded to the City’s FTP site or delivered in hard copy, on or before the deadline for submissions, as follows:

a)    Email:
If the Artist chooses to submit by email, the Artist must submit their information electronically in one PDF file to the City at
PDF emailed submissions are preferred and the City will confirm receipt of emails. Note that the maximum file size the City can receive is 8Mb. If sending large email attachments, Artists should phone to confirm receipt. An Artist bears all risk that the City’s equipment functions properly so that the City receives the submission on time.


b)   FTP site upload:


c)   Hard copy:
If the Artist chooses NOT to submit by email or FTP site, the Artist should submit one (1) original and one (1) copy (two in total), which must be delivered to the City in a sealed package addressed to:

2018 Capture Photography Festival

Attn: Purchasing Manager

C/O: Main Reception Desk, City of New Westminster 

511 Royal Avenue

New Westminster, BC

V3L 1H9


For more information, please visit HERE



Capture Photography Festival

New Westminster Public Art Program


Toronto, ON
Call for Proposals: Toronto Sculpture Garden
City of Toronto
January 29, 2018
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Toronto Sculpture Garden

Since opening in 1981, The Toronto Sculpture Garden (TSG) commissioned temporary artworks by over 80 artists, in a small City of Toronto park opposite St. James Cathedral on King Street East. Until 2014, it was operated as a partnership between the City of Toronto and the Louis L. Odette Family, benefactors who created the non-profit L.L.O. Sculpture Garden Foundation which funded and administered the exhibitions. Under the direction of Rina Greer, the TSG provided artists with the opportunity to work experimentally in public space, explore issues of scale and materials, and engage with the local community as well as visitors to the neighbourhood. For some, the expansion of their practice beyond the studio led to major public artworks elsewhere. 

In 2018, the City of Toronto's Arts & Culture Services intends to continue the legacy of excellence in the TSG with two new commissions. We are currently inviting proposals from artists for installations in May and October. 

Proposals for both 2018 exhibitions will be selected by the TSG Advisory Committee, which will meet in February 2018. Preference will be given to new work that responds to the site; only in exceptional cases will existing work be considered. 


Budget: $30,000.00 CAD (+HST), which includes all artists' fees, materials, installation and removal, transportation, insurance, and permits. 

General Proposals Requirements:

  • Indicate whether your proposal is for the May or October installation, if you have a preference.
  • Drawing(s) showing dimensions, materials and the location of the work on the site.
  • Brief description of your project.
  • Budget outline showing critical costs.
  • Annotated images of the proposal and any relevant previous work.
  • CV / Biography

For detailed information about proposal requirements and the TSG site, please visit HERE.


Catherine Dean
Public Art Officer

Clara Hargittay
Public Art Officer

Economic Development & Culture | City of Toronto
City Hall, 9th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N2      

Ottawa, ON
Call to Artists: Fire Station 55 Public Art Project
City of Ottawa
January 26, 2018
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The City of Ottawa invites professional artists to submit credentials for design, fabricating, and installing a permanent artwork for Fire Station 55. This is the City of Ottawa's Public Art Policy

Deadline: January 26, 2018, 4 pm EST
Budget: $ 27,000 plus HST
Information: Allison O'Connor, Public Art Officer
Email: allison.o' Tel: 613-244-4429


Project Background
Council has approved the construction of a new 2-bay 1,013-square meter fire station at 2283 Portobello Boulevard, to reduce emergency response in the new growth areas of Orleans-Ottawa. In accordance with the City of Ottawa's Public Art Policy, this bill provides for public works for this location.

Public art website
The artwork is to be installed on the Fire Station property, qui est site location is 2283 Portobello Boulevard. The preferred artwork is in front of the building's side, facing the Portobello Boulevard. An alternate location is on the north side of the Fire Station, where the artwork would be visible from the parking lot of the adjacent François Dupuis Recreation Center. The Recreation Center has indoor swimming pools and offers fitness and recreational programming. It is also the site of two existing works of art: Water by Jennifer Stead and Almanac by Amy Alice Thompson.

For more information, please visit the full list Call to Artists: Fire Station 55 Public Art Project or contact 

A French version of the call, please visit 

Projet d’art public pour la caserne de pompiers 55