Public Art Calls

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


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British Columbia

Kelowna, BC
Call-to- Artist: Expression of Interest and Qualifications
City of Kelowna
June 28, 2018
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Call-to- Artist: Expression of Interest and Qualifications (Stage 1)
By: City of Kelowna Public Art Program
Project: Kelowna Police Services Building
Budget: $120,000 CAD
Submit by: 4pm PT. June 28, 2018


The City of Kelowna, through its Public Art Program, announces a competition to commission a site-specific artwork to be located within a public plaza and forecourt space of the newly constructed Kelowna Police Services Building (KPSB). The artist is to be selected through a two stage process, as determined by the City’s public art selection committee.

Project Brief:
The KPSB serves as the home for the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment, as well as City of Kelowna staff that are responsible for city wide policing services and community outreach programs. It is the collaboration between the City of Kelowna and the RCMP that makes for a unique opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of the Kelowna Police Services in creating a safe, healthy and vibrant community.

A maximum budget of $120,000 CAD has been allocated for the commissioning of the artwork. This sum is inclusive of all Artists’ fees, technical consulting, insurance requirements, 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 does not require the preparation of a proposal. Those artists interested are invited to submit their expression of interest to the City of Kelowna prior to the deadline closure 4pm PT. June 28, 2018.

Artist Eligibility and Document Link:
This competition is open to all professional artists and artist-led teams as defined by the Canadian Council for the Arts. The full Call-to-Artists document as well as information on the City of Kelowna’s public art program can be found at:

Richmondd, BC
Branscombe House Artist Residency - Call for Artists
City of Richmond
June 15, 2018
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The City of Richmond invites professional, community-engaged artists to submit proposals for an 11-month, live-in residency located on Canada’s west coast, in Richmond, B.C.

We are seeking proposals for interesting new projects and programs that promote meaningful community engagement through artistic opportunities. Artists passionate about working with diverse communities are especially encouraged to apply. All disciplines accepted, including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artists, video, multi-disciplinary, social practice and performance artists.

Branscombe House is a beautifully restored Edwardian style house located in the residential area of historic Steveston in Richmond. The self-contained two-bedroom artists’ suite upstairs is offered as an artist residence/studio with rent 100% subsidized in exchange for  ~ 22 hours/month (240 hours total) of hands-on community engagement.

The City will also provide in-kind marketing support, as well as facility/production support associated with public programs (including access to free use of cultural and performance spaces; basic workshop materials, print production, tech support, etc.) as negotiated and provide up to $1500 in materials reimbursement.

Questions? Contact Katie Varney, Community Cultural Development Manager, | 604-247-4941.

White Rock, BC
Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Public Art Project [RFQ]
City of White Rock
June 20, 2018
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The City of White Rock invites professional artists or artist teams to submit an application for a site-specific public art project at the McCracken Courtyard at the Peace Arch Hospital, 15521 Russell Avenue, White Rock B.C.
Budget: $85,000
Eligibility: Open to all professional artists and artist teams residing in Canada
Deadline: June 20, 2018

Project Goals and Objectives

The goal is to recognize the women of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary with a site-specific piece of public art.


  • Commission an artist(s) who has experience with civic public art projects
  • Commission an artist(s) who understands and can work with the site specific themes
  • Inspire the public to visit the sites and generate excitement for the project
  • Increase public understanding of the role of art and artists in the community

The theme of recognizing the women of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary has been identified to provide a framework for interested artists.

In 1947, the White Rock Community (6,000 people) began advocating the Provincial Government for a hospital.  Before the Province would approve the request, they required the community to raise $150,000, one third of the construction costs. One year later, in 1948, a group of women founded the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary and began earnestly fundraising.  It took the organization three years to fundraise and the hospital officially opened in August 25, 1954.  Not only was the funds to open the hospital raised by women, but it was a woman who donated the land that became the building site for the Hospital.  Mrs. Amy Weatherby donated 5.5 acres of land and her reasoning for donating the land is the following:

I love White Rock and its people. I love the springs, the autumns, and the glorious summer days.  Every time I thought of selling my land, the thought of a Hospital with well-kept grounds and driveways would flash before me and I felt that the site must be kept for no other purpose.

In 2018, the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary is celebrating its 70th birthday.  For 70 years, the Auxiliary members have volunteered time and effort to help their community hospital, raising funds for equipment and bringing smiles to patients and extended care residents. The tireless volunteerism of these women has raised over 13 million dollars that has contributed to Peace Arch Hospital being a true community hospital.   This piece of public art is a tribute to the women of the Auxiliary and the contribution they have made to the White Rock community. 

Submission Requirement

Please download and carefully review the complete public art call before applying.

Interested artists must prepare and submit the following:

  1. A letter of interest, no more than one page in length that explains the artist’s interest in this project and provides a general idea of his or her understanding of the design theme concept.
  2. A current resume or CV.
  3. 7-10 Digital Images of the artist(s) past work: highlight relevant experience on projects similar to or directly related to this project. Artists applying as a team may submit up to 15 digital images of past work. The images must be accompanied by a numbered photograph list with the artist’s name and a brief description of each piece stating its title, date, medium, size, location and, if a commissioned project, the commission contract cost.
  4. Three references who have knowledge of your work and working methods.  Include contact name, title, organization, telephone number and email address.
  5. A self-addressed stamped envelope, if requesting return of submittal materials.

Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
Artists Teams:
Submissions from artists’ teams are acceptable, but only one proposal is allowed from the team.  The submission must clearly note the ‘lead’ artist who will be the main contact person. Provide only one letter of interest, and provide resumes for each team member.

Submissions by hand or by post must be sent to:  
City of White Rock
Attn: Public Art Program
15322 Buena Vista Avenue
White Rock, BC  V4B 1Y6

Email Submissions sent to:
Please note, email submissions must not exceed 5MB.  Images must be sent via an internet file sharing service (i.e. Dropbox) and not as attachments. 

Please direct all questions regarding this competition to:
Claire Halpern
City of White Rock, Manager of Cultural Development

| 604.542.7580


Richmond, BC
Storeys Café, Community Public Art Project [RFQ]
City of Richmond
June 28, 2018
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The Richmond Public Art Program seeks an artist or artist team to create a digitally printed wall mural for the Storeys Café at 8080 Anderson Road, Richmond, BC. The commissioned artist will work with community members to encourage individual creative expression from a multi-generational and culturally diverse community within the Storeys development. Artists with socially engaged art practices incorporating drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and other mixed-media that can easily be digitally reproduced are encouraged to apply.

The project will provide opportunities for the local community to participate in social, cross-cultural exchange and hands-on art making activities. Artists with experience working with individuals with special needs or who are vulnerable or at risk would be an asset.

Artist Fee: $6,500
Eligibility: Artists residing in Greater Vancouver
Deadline: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Completion: Fall 2018

For more information and how to apply:


Kingston, ON
Victoria Park Public Art Project - Call to Artists [RFI]
City of Kingston
May 30, 2018
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The Corporation of the City of Kingston invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams interested in working with the City of Kingston to develop an artwork for the recently rejuvenated Victoria Park. The park acts as a community hub with many recreational amenities. The proposed work is intended to enhance the experience of the park, as well as be fully accessible. 

Artists who work in a diverse range of mediums as well as identify as emerging, mid-career and established artists are encouraged to apply. This public art call is held in accordance with the City of Kingston Public Art Policy.

An artwork proposal is not requested at this time. Through this RFI process, the City of Kingston will identify up to five artists or artist led teams who will be invited to propose works to the Jury, City of Kingston Staff and the broader Kingston community. There will be a community engagement component in the selection of this work in accordance with the City of Kingston’s Community Engagement Framework.

Please contact Taylor Norris, Public Art Coordinator for the City of Kingston for a copy of the RFI. Submissions to the RFI are due May 30th at 3:00:00 pm.

Any inquiries or clarification regarding this Request for Information shall be directed, by email, by 3:00:00 p.m., May 15th, 2018.


Budget: $55,000

Contact: Taylor Norris, Public Art Coordinator


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Taylor Norris, Public Art Coordinator, Cultural Services
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Kingston, ON
Active Citizenship Public Art Project Call for Submissions
City of Kingston
May 31, 2018
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Project Scope

The City of Kingston invites submissions from local and regional emerging, mid-career and established visual artists to consider the theme of Active Citizenship for a Public Art Project that will activate transit stops and busses with interior and exterior installed graphics and signage. The selected works and images may be used by the City of Kingston on the website, through social media and in other print and digital forms related to the 2018 Municipal Election.

Vision and Themes
Under the theme of ‘Active Citizenship’ artists are asked to consider what it means to be an active citizen and to be democratically engaged within your municipality, neighbourhood and city. Artists are asked to consider ‘What Are You Voting For?’ when responding to this call for submissions.  The aim of this public art project is to engage citizens, create awareness and inspire active citizens who recognize their power to vote about what matters to them in their neighbourhoods and wards. The selected art will be installed on busses, at bus shelters and used online. The City of Kingston seeks to increase voter turnout for the 2018 municipal elections and is calling upon our arts community to work with us to actively engage our citizens.

This opportunity is open to all emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers working in any medium. Kingston-based emerging and established artists and designers are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the City of Kingston Public Art Master Plan; an Artist is someone who: is recognized as a professional practicing artist by other artists working in the same field; has completed basic training (formal or informal) in their field; spends a significant amount of time practicing their art; and seeks payment for their work. An Established Artist is an artist who has an extensive body of work, a history of national and/or international presentation and who has achieved wide recognition by their peers. An Emerging Artist is an artist in the early years of their career who may have had some previous professional exhibitions, commissions, presentations or installations.

Proposal Requirements
All submissions must be submitted digitally.
Artists are asked to submit a portfolio of up to 10 images of previous related works. In addition artists are encouraged to submit up to 5 images of proposed works that speak to the themes of Active Citizenship and civic engagement.

  1. Name of Artist
  2. Contact Information, including full mailing address, an e-mail address and phone number.
  3. Artist or Design CV,  Statement highlighting your qualifications or other relevant experience
  4. Proposal, please include up to 10 images (JPEG Format) of your proposed works. Digital images must be submitted in .jpg file format • a maximum of 8 MB file size • a maximum resolution of 2400 X 3000 pixels. A We Transfer or Dropbox link is accepted. Please review the below image guidelines when submitting your proposal
  5. Support Material including up to ten digital images (JPEG format) of previous work, exhibition record, past commissions and awards. Digital images must be submitted in .jpg file format • a maximum of 8 MB file size • a maximum resolution of 2400 X 3000 pixels. A We Transfer or Dropbox link is accepted. 
  6. Files Names  all submitted files must be named using the following format, an accompanying image list is encouraged
    • Firstname_lastname_titleofwork_medium_dimensions_year.jpg
    • John_smith_artwork1_acrylicpainting_20inchesx30inches_2016.jpg
  7. Selection Criteria and Process: All proposals must demonstrate an understanding of the vision and themes as stated. All proposals will be reviewed by a Jury.
  8. Deadline and Notifications: All proposals are to be submitted via e-mail to no later than Friday, May 31st at 3:00:00 (EST)

Please download and carefully review the complete call for submissions: COK_Active_Citizenship_Artists_Call.docx before applying. 


Saskatoon, SK
Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair - Exhibitor Application
Art Calgary
May 25, 2018
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Art Calgary invites applications from all emerging, mid-career and established artists to be represented in our booth at Art Now—Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair.

Art Calgary will have a booth at the 3rd Annual Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair. Featuring premiere commercial art galleries, Art Now attracts over 3,500 visitors over the three day show.

Dates: September 20 to 23, 2018
    Prairieland Park
    503 Ruth St W
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 


  • Transportation and insurance of artwork to and from Saskatoon
  • Art Calgary representatives will be in the booth for the duration of Art Now (no need for individual artists to be present)
  • Art Now’s exhibition quality booth space and lighting
  • Promotion via appropriate media channels and social media by Art Calgary and Art Now
  • Exposure to collectors and professional galleries outside of Alberta

A flat fee of $450 per accepted artist.
No sales commissions will be taken.

Application Deadline is May 25, 2018


  • Contact information including name, phone number, mailing address and email
  • CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • Artist statement
  • Artist’s website, Instagram handle and Facebook page
  • (if applicable)
  • 10 to 15 JPEGs representing your current work. Images must be a maximum of 2MB and minimum of 300dpi. Be sure the image file names correspond to your image list.
  • Image list including title, size in inches, medium, date created and price (artwork must be for sale)

The jury will review all applications fairly, selecting artists based on quality of the artworks and of the application as a whole. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Art Calgary will only exhibition new, original artwork and will not display reproductions, craft or decorative arts.

Successful applications will be notified by June 1, 2018
Deadline for payment is June 15, 2018
For more information head to our websites:
Email applications and questions to