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


Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON


Red Deer, AB
Pre-Qualification, Artists: Public Art, Northside Community Centre
City of Red Deer
January 29, 2019
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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.     
  • Installation Deadline:  July 1, 2019    
  • Project Budget:  $55,100
  • Prequalified artists will receive a stipend of $2,000 to prepare a proposal and maquette for a presentation to the Public Art Commission on March 13, 2019 – between 5:30-7:30 pm.
Submission must be received by 4:00:59 PM Alberta Time on January 29th, 2019

For more information please visit  the project number is 1090-2018-271

British Columbia

Port Coquitlam, BC
RFP - Call to Artists: Pride Public Art Project
City of Port Coquitlam
January 29, 2019
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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: and then searching for City of Port Coquitlam.  Alternatively, it may be found on the City’s site at this link:


All submissions must be received not later than 14:00, Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  Per Submission Requirements, 11, submissions should be a single PDF and sent to .

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, 2019
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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.

Information Meeting and Viewing of Spaces (non-mandatory):
February 2, 2019  | 1:00 pm at Greg Moore Youth Centre (11925 Haney Place)
RSVP to .

Questions: Contact Yvonne Chui, Arts & Community Connections Manager at or 604.467.7415.


Ottawa, ON
RFQ - Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives
City of Ottawa
February 4, 2019
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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.

The new OPL and LAC Joint Facility will contribute to the ongoing transformation of Canada’s capital into a world-class city through the creation of a modern, prestigious facility that brings together and showcases a new Ottawa Public Library’s Central Library with Library and Archives Canada’s public services in a new combined municipal/national institution.

As Artist on Design Team, the selected Artist or artist team will work collaboratively with the architectural team during the design development process, allowing for seamless integration of public art and artistic enhancements into the project’s design and construction.

This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to local, national and international professional artists and artist teams with experience in creating permanent public art and working on multidisciplinary design teams. 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. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages (English and French) as having the same rights, status and privileges.


Closing Date: Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Total budget: Approximately $600,000.00 Canadian Dollars + HST

For more information, please review the full Call to Artists: Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility - Public Art Opportunity online or contact .   

Guelph, ON
RFQ - Main Street Mural Project
City of Guelph
February 1, 2019
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Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Link: View the full Call to Artists

The City of Guelph invites artists and artist collectives with exterior mural experience to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a preliminary vision for the development and execution of one of four site-specific, outdoor murals as part of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative.

For this project there are four separate, yet connected, sites along Wilson Street. While artists are able to submit qualifications and letters of intent for all four sites, artists or artist collectives will only be awarded a single commission and one artist or collective will be selected per site.

This call follows a two-stage selection process. The first stage is a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Design concepts are not required at this time.


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.

As directed by City Council, funding will be implemented through a competitive applications process to develop murals at various locations, specifically for the purpose of animating public spaces that support downtown tourism destinations.

This is Phase one of the funding implementation. Phase two will be launched in spring of 2019.


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.

Successful applicants must demonstrate the professional capacity to oversee the design, implementation and production of a mural project for the City of Guelph.

Selection committee & process

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:

  • Stage One
    • Selection Committee will review submissions and select a maximum of three (3) short-listed artists, based on qualifications, for each site.
  • Stage Two
    • Short-listed artists will receive honoraria to develop their concept proposals and renderings/concept designs for consideration.

Entry procedure

The City of Guelph will only accept electronically submitted applications to . Deadline to apply is Friday, February 1, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Artists interested in applying for more than one location are required to submit Letters of Intent for each site.

Full details about the application and selection process are available at  

For additional information or questions please contact: 

Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629


Toronto, ON
RFP - Permanent Public Art Work for New King-Liberty Bridge
City of Toronto
February 4, 2019
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Artist's Fee: $20,000.00 (+HST) CDN

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, February 4th, 2019

The City of Toronto invites professional artists to submit proposals for a public art work as part of the construction of the King-Liberty Bridge, which will span from Douro Street to the western leg of Western Battery Road, providing a more convenient and direct route from Liberty Village to King Street West, between Atlantic Avenue and Strachan Avenue.

This new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists will include a project by a professional visual artist or an artist-lead team to be integrated into the glass panels of the elevator towers at both ends of the bridge. The art work will be selected through an open, international competition.

The bridge, with a five metre-wide covered and mostly-enclosed deck, will span the 55 metre-wide Metrolinx Kitchener / Milton Rail Corridor. Access to the bridge will be provided by a staircase (with a bicycle channel) on each side, as well as elevators for barrier-free access. All passageways and approaches will be illuminated for 24 hour access.

This is a site of movement, transition and connection: it will be used by pedestrians and cyclists, walking and riding but also descending and ascending through the site by stairs and elevator. It will link two neighbourhoods currently divided by railway tracks, and the bridge and the artwork will also be visible to those travelling by train. Both sides of the tracks are also areas of rapid development, with a long history prior to its current primarily residential and commercial use.

The design of this new bridge and adjacent public spaces is a project by the City's Transportation Services, Engineering and Construction Services (ECS), and the general contractor Grascan Construction Ltd. / Torbridge Construction Ltd. with the aim of completion by September 2019.


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.

The art work will be printed on the glass panels in the north and south elevator towers. The span of the bridge is not included in the art work site. The selected artist or artists will be responsible for providing digital files of their work to the printer (to be contracted by the general contractor), overseeing production quality, and signing off on samples. This work will take place in February and March of 2019.

The printing process allows for full-colour images and photographic resolution.

The commissioned artist will work closely with the City's Economic Development and Culture, Transportation Services, and ECS divisions, and other partners to develop and complete the project.


This is a one-stage, open, international competition for professional artists.

  • Per the Canada Council’s guidelines, a professional artist is defined as someone who:
  • has specialized artistic training (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • has a history of public exhibitions
  • has produced an independent body of work

Stage 1: Request for Proposals

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 contract will be awarded in February, 2019.


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:

File 1:

This document must be labeled with the name of the artist or artist-led team and include:
CV (one for each team member, if applicable)

File 2:

This document must not include the artist's name (as this file will be shared with the selection panel), and include:

  • Title and description of the proposal concept (1 Page).
  • Proposal images, showing the proposed artwork on the design drawings provided, as well as details of the art work as necessary. 

The full Terms of Reference and Design Drawings required to apply to this competition can be accessed at:

Additional Site Information:


Submissions must be received by 4:00 PM, Monday, February 4th, 2019.

Email submissions to:

  • Please use subject line: [last name], [first name]_KingLiberty
  • Submissions must not exceed 20 MB total size
  • Files must be .pdf and must not be compressed.
Incomplete or late submissions, or those not in the required format will not be accepted.

We thank all respondents for their submissions but only applicants advancing to the second stage of the selection process will be contacted.

Catherine Dean
Public Art Officer
(416) 395-0249