Public Art Calls

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


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British Columbia

Richmond, BC
Musqueam Artist Opportunity
Richmond Public Library
September 3, 2018
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The Richmond Public Art Program and the Richmond Public Library are inviting four Musqueam artists to share a Musqueam origin myth or foundational story to be illustrated through a series of hands-on workshop using traditional Musqueam art forms. The project will encourage cross-cultural exchange and learning of Musqueam culture. 


Artists with practices in traditional art forms such as weaving, beadwork, drawing, carving and painting are encouraged to apply. Selected artists will lead a minimum of three workshops. Each workshop will be 2 - 2.5 hours long with up to 12 participants. Selected artists will be supported by Richmond Public Library to provide workspaces, secure storage, scheduling, promotion and registration of participants. 


Four selected artists will each be paid $1,500 for 3 workshops. A materials budget of up to $500 will be available for each artist, Artist will submit receipts to be reimbursed for material expenses. 


This opportunity is for Musqueam artists only.


For more information contact:

Elisa Yon


Oak Bay, BC
Oak Bay Sea Lore Sculpture Competition Call for Proposals
Oak Bay Parks, Recreation & Culture
September 7, 2018
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About The Project

A generous donor has offered to commission an iconic seaside sculpture for the enjoyment and enrichment of all Oak Bay citizens and visitors. The theme for the sculpture, which is hoped to become a permanent and treasured landmark, is "SEA LORE" inspired by the maritime character of Oak Bay.

Proposed placement will be on a rock in Oak Bay that can be viewed along the sea wall. The exact location in the bay (between Haynes Park and Queens' Park overlooking the Oak Bay Marina) is still to be confirmed.

Two options currently being considered (see photos below) are: the large dry rock (in the center of photos #1 & #2) which is near Haynes Park at one end of the bay and looks towards the marina and beyond the rock in the center of the bay (which appears in the center of photo # 3)

See photos:

About Oak Bay

The municipality of Oak Bay, part of Greater Victoria, is located on the south eastern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Surrounded by beaches and parkland, its scenery offers splendid views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca part of the Salish Sea. Oak Bay is known for its fine residential architecture, its picturesque gardens and for its old world atmosphere. This geologically interesting area is also home to the unique and rare Garry Oak Meadow ecosystem. Our 18,000 residents have a deep attachment to the natural and built environment.

Sea Lore Sculpture Context

Oak Bay enjoys a uniquely beautiful seaside location. The sea draws our attention, nurtures our well-being and inspires all who live here. Our coast is rich in sea life, birds and plants and there is a long history of indigenous activity and settlement along its shores. For over a hundred years, there has been a boat house or marina on the bay and the municipality is also home to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. There is a tradition of nautical sports and activities like paddling, sailing, fishing and beach walking. The Sea Lore sculpture is meant to celebrate Oak Bay and its maritime character -- past, present and the future.

Call For Proposals

Artists are invited to submit their sculpture proposals (see attached application form) for the Oak Bay Sea Lore sculpture competition.

1. Criteria

Due date for proposals: September 7, 2018

Expected fair market value: $40,000-$45,000 CDN

Material: bronze or similar long-lasting durable material able to withstand the elements including saltwater and high winds.

Dimensions: recommended height is 5 to 8 feet tall

Suitable and scaled to its seaside site and specifications.

Proposals will be judged on: artistic merit; interpretation of the Sea Lore theme as it relates to Oak Bay; refinement of design and concept; creativity and originality; skill and technique; and feasibility.
2. Jury Process

Proposals to be reviewed by a jury of the Oak Bay Arts Laureate, members of the Public Art Advisory Committee, the donor and a prominent member of the art community.

Jury will choose up to three finalists who will be given a $1000 CDN stipend to allow for creation of a maquette of their proposed work.

The jury will make its final decision on the basis of the maquette which will also be reviewed by municipal staff for technical feasibility and public safety.

3. How To Apply

Submit your proposals by downloading and completing the application form below which provides more information regarding timelines, design specifications and financial support. Don't forget to include supporting documents.

4. Deadline September 7, 2018

Submit Completed Applications to:

By Email:
Barbara Adams, Oak Bay Arts Laureate
Hard Copy:
Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and CultureAttention Arts Alive Sea Lore Sculpture Competition
1975 Bee Street
Victoria, BC V8R 5E6 

Question? Please email Oak Bay’s Arts Laureate:
For application form and more details visit:

West Vancouver, BC
Call to Artists / Expression of Interest EOI18 175
District of West Vancouver
September 27, 2018
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The District of West Vancouver invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams to design and integrate a site-specific public art at the West Vancouver Municipal Hall, 750 – 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, Canada.

This opportunity is open to professional artists and artist teams who demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Are able to meet the deadlines and stay within approved budget.
  • Have the skills and experience required to manage all phases of the implementation from design to installation.
  • Open to artists from all nationalities.
  • An understanding of the vision and themes as stated below.

The site for the public art is at the exterior of the main entrance to Municipal Hall either between the old building and the new wing, off 17th Street or in front of the entrance along 17th Street.
The installation will engage pedestrians along 17th Street and visitors to Municipal Hall.

The artwork:

  • Should provide an engaging visual art aesthetic that is visible to people moving through the neighbourhood as well as accessing West Vancouver Municipal Hall.
  • Should consider the context of the location and architecture of the old and new buildings.
  • Should be approachable and inclusive to a broad demographic and variety of cultures. Be positive and convey a sense of welcome to visitors to Municipal Hall.
  • May be more than one piece and pieces can vary in size but final installation should be large enough to have a significant visual presence to command attention from people passing by.
  • There is no preference for materials but piece(s) must withstand weather and generally not require frequent and/or expensive maintenance.
  • Could consider themes related to the geographical setting of West Vancouver, community history, and/or reflect the activity of the space as a community amenity.


  • A maximum budget of $74,000 (Canadian funds) has been allocated for the commissioning of the artwork. The sum is inclusive of all artists’ fees, technical consulting, insurance requirements, fabrication, site preparation, installation, documentation, travel expenses, taxes, and all other related costs. 

Submission Requirements
Artist(s) are requested to provide the following information in their EOI response:

  1. Name of artist and/or artists with contact information including full mailing address, an email address and telephone number;
  2. One-page letter outlining the artist’s conceptual approach to this project;
  3. Resume or CV of each artist who will be assigned to the project;
  4. Up to 12 images showing previous examples of the artist’s work (digital images submitted in .jpeg file format, on a thumb drive, or hard copy portfolio)
  5. A corresponding image list indicating the artist’s title, date, medium, location and value;
  6. A Video or DVD may be submitted if no longer than five minutes in duration; and
  7. References.

If awarded, the successful artist(s) will be required to provide the following documentation:

  1. A Commercial General Liability Insurance policy with a limit of not less than Two Million dollars inclusive per occurrence. The insurance certificate will name the District of West Vancouver as additional insured and be in a format acceptable to the District. Insurance certificate should also name members of the selection panel as additional insured.
  2. A clearance letter from Work Safe BC providing evidence that their firm is in good standing.
  3. If the Artist(s) does not have the benefit of mandatory workers compensation coverage under the Workers Compensation Act, the Artist(s) must apply for and maintain personal optional protection insurance (consisting of income replacement and medical care coverage) during the term of the contract at their expense if such personal optional protection insurance is available for the Artist(s) from WorkSafeBC or other source.

Closing date and Time
Submit your Expression of Interest (6 hard copy sets of written materials and one flash drive of images required) by September 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. local time to:

The District of West Vancouver
Attn: Clay Nelson, Purchasing Manager
750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7V 3T3
P: 604.925.7062  E:


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


Inquiries regarding this project may be directed to:

Doti Niedermayer, Senior Manager, Cultural Services

P:  604.921.2938  E:

Richmond, BC
Hollybridge Way Public Art Landmark Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
City of Richmond
August 9, 2018
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The Richmond Public Art Program, in partnership with the Parks Department, is seeking an artist or artist team to create a site-responsive landmark artwork for the new entrance plaza at the Hollybridge Way Waterfront Park located adjacent to the rapidly developing Oval Village, in Richmond, BC.

This is a two-stage open artist call. Following review by the selection panel of the submitted artists’ statements of interest and their qualifications, up to five artists will be shortlisted and invited to attend a site orientation and prepare a concept proposal for presentation at an interview. An interview and concept proposal fee of $2,000.00 CDN plus GST will be paid to each of the shortlisted artists or artist teams, plus travel expenses to a maximum of $1,000.00.


The total artwork budget is $300,000 CAD, for all design, consultants, fabrication, installation, documentation and all associated costs.


Technical Limits:
Maximum weight of 8,000 kg (4 tons) and maximum height of 6 m (20 ft.)

Eligibility Requirements:
Open to professional artists and artist teams residing in Canada. Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for Submissions:
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 4:00 p.m. PDT

Summer 2019

For more information and to apply, please visit


Winnipeg, MB
Call-to- Artist: Expression of Interest and Qualifications (Stage 1)
University of Winnipeg
July 27, 2018
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Project: Podium
Budget: $15,000CAD
Submit by: 4pm Friday July 27, 2018


The University of Winnipeg, announces a competition to commission a podium reflective of our location within Treaty One Territory and the homeland of the Métis nation. The artist is to be selected through a two stage process, as determined by a committee of University faculty and staff and art experts.

Project Brief:
The University of Winnipeg has indicated that Indigenization is a key strategic direction for the institution and has a long history of initiatives that support this direction and work towards the project of reconciliation. The podium that will be created will be used in significant campus events such as convocation, public lectures, and other large gatherings at the University of Winnipeg. It is our hope that the podium will be reflective of the territories and communities it belongs to.

A maximum budget of $15,000 CAD has been allocated for the commissioning of the artwork. This sum is inclusive of all Artists’ fees, technical consulting, fabrication, installation, documentation, travel expenses and all other related costs.

Submission Requirements:
This call is the first of a two stage selection process. The call-out submission requires: an artist statement, an example of previous works, and two references. Those artists interested are invited to submit their expression of interest to the University of Winnipeg prior to the deadline closure 4pm CST on Friday July 27, 2018.

Submissions may be e-mailed to:
Levi Foy
Executive Assistant, Office of Indigenous Affairs
The University of Winnipeg





Toronto, ON
Public Artwork for Park 524 and 525 [RFQ]
Studio F Minus
August 6, 2018
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The City of Mississauga seeks to commission a qualified artist or artist teams to create a new public artwork in Municipal Park 524 and 525.

Development of these park lands is expected to be completed in summer 2020. The budget for this artwork is $90,000 CAD + HST.

This is a two-stage selection process. Applicants are asked only to submit qualifications at this time. Artists selected to submit proposals in Stage 2 shall receive an honorarium of $1000 CAD.

The deadline to submit qualifications for this opportunity is Monday, August 6, 2018, at 11:59 pm EST1.


Project Context

This public artist call is part of a larger park development project. The selected artist will be part of a multi-disciplinary consulting team led by landscape architects MBTW Group. The project goal is to design and construct an innovative, environmentally responsive, all-season community park that effectively integrates park amenities, facilities, and infrastructure with the unique natural features of the site.
Located in the City’s Ward 5, the project site is comprised of two park blocks #524 and #525 (not yet named) located at 125 Eglinton Avenue West, Mississauga, at the northeast corner of Eglinton Avenue West and Fairwind Drive.

The newly constructed park will offer a valuable green space to residents, in a central location between north and south Mississauga and along the main urban and economic corridor, Hurontario Street.



This call is open to local, national, and international artists and artist collectives who qualify as professional artists under the definition provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.



The budget for this artwork is $90,000 CAD + HST. This budget is to be inclusive of all artist fees, fabrication, engineering, installation labour, travel and other costs related to the production and installation of the artwork.


Call for Qualifications Entry Requirements:

All responding artists must submit the following in a single PDF:

  1. Name, address, website, and contact information of the applicant.
  2. A cover letter indicating the rationale for your interest
  3. A current CV
  4. Images of 5 previous artworks that display methods or concepts relevant to this project. Multiple images of a single project are encouraged.
  5. The title, location, media, size, commissioning body, and brief description of each artwork presented.
  6. Video documentation of artworks is permitted. For video documentation, please include in the PDF a link to a video hosted on YouTube or Vimeo.
  7. The name and contact information for at least 3 references who may speak to their experience commissioning or collaborating on projects referenced in this document.

As a separate PDF, please submit:

  1. A signed Declaration (provided at the end of this document). Submissions that do not include the signed Agreement to Propose will be disqualified.

How to Submit 

Please download and carefully review the complete art call before submitting. 

All submissions must be sent via e-mail to . If attachments exceed 10MB, the artist may instead submit a link toownload the files from a secure third-party hosting platform such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or WeTransfer.