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Civic Precinct Child-Friendly Initiative (EOI)
Edmonton Arts Council
May 1, 2019Link >>
Call to Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan Artists :: Civic Precinct Child-Friendly Initiative (EOI)
The Civic Precinct public art competition, open to professional artists and artist teams residing in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy "Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas" (C458C).
Deadline for Submissions:
4:30 PM MDST on Wednesday, May 1, 2019For more information, please contact Grace Law, Public Art Officer
p: 780.424.2787 ext. 230 e:
RSVP is required to Grace Law by Monday, April 1, 2019 - the event will be cancelled with low response.
Lions Centennial Park Established 2017 Mural Project - RFQ
City of Camrose
April 15, 2019Link >>
Public Art Opportunity: Historic Camrose Streetscape Mural
This call is for submissions from accomplished mural artists to install a mural within Lions Centennial Park in Downtown Camrose, Alberta.
Artist Scope of Work
Artists will be required to work on site and be able to use the required lift equipment or scaffolding. An approved work plan will need to be developed in consultation with City staff.
Artist Selection Criteria
RFQ-Ineteractive/Digital Artwork for Boyce-Gyro Beach Park
City of Kelowna
April 17, 2019Link >>
Call-to-Artist: Stage 1 -Expression of Interest and Qualifications
The City of Kelowna, through its Public Art Program, announces an open international competition to commission a unique and original artwork to be placed within one of the City’s most popular parks – Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. The commission presents an opportunity to recognize people’s active lifestyle and commitment to healthy and alternative modes of movement. The full call-out document with more information can be found at the project link below.
The City’s intent for this public art piece is an artistic and creative exploration of the emotive aspects of cycling such as: celebration, motivation, sustainability, community, etc. The artwork is envisioned to have major digital and/or interactive component(s) incorporated into its design. Input sources to animate the art piece are at the Artist’s discretion. Artists should have experience in multi-media, digital and electronic based art forms and technically proficient in manipulating computer coded data into a variety of sensory and cognitive experiences that will be situated within an outdoor, publicly accessible, environment.
To promote and encourage more cycling, the City of Kelowna has recently adopted a pilot bikeshare program called Dropbike. Since its launch in the spring of 2018, the Dropbike program has been an overwhelming success. Data collected has demonstrated a strong demand and support for cycling as an alternative mode of transportation within the city. In addition, the City’s Integrated Transportation Department currently uses an Eco-Counter management system to track cyclist and pedestrian usage across the City and data collected can be accessed and used by the artist as part of the artwork’s interactive component. Given the value of the commission, the artwork is expected to have a minimum 10 year operational lifespan, with an opportunity to upgrade components to further extend the artwork’s life beyond this period.
A budget of $120,000 CAD has been allocated for the commissioning of the artwork. This sum is inclusive of all artists’ fees, technical consulting fees (including engineered drawings), insurance requirements, fabrication, installation, documentation, travel expenses and all other related costs.
This is the first of a two-stage selection process. As part of the first stage, a selection of up to five (5) shortlisted artists will be determined by the City’s public art selection committee based on demonstrated experience and perceived abilities in the following areas: excellence in public art; experience and technical proficiency in use of digital display artwork; artistic merit and originality; and technical considerations.
This is open international competition to all professional artists and artist-led teams as defined by the Canada Council for the Arts. This first stage does not require the preparation of a design proposal. Artists are to submit their letter of expression of interest, along with CV and examples of their works, to the City of Kelowna prior to the deadline closure: 4pm PT. April 17, 2019.
No.3 Road Art Columns, Requests for Proposals, RFP
City of Richmond
April 29, 2019Link >>
The City of Richmond Public Art Program seeks proposals from three Richmond-based visual artists who are interested in creating original artwork for the 2019 No.3 Road Art Columns Exhibitions. The exhibition will run from August 1, 2019–February 2020.
For more information and how to apply for this opportunity please visit https://www.richmond.ca/culture/publicart/opportunities.htm
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS OF INTEREST PUBLIC ART PROJECT
Kay Meek Arts Centre
April 30, 2019Link >>
The Kay Meek Arts Centre is pleased to announce the following sculpture competition, and is putting out a call to artists to submit their interest in being considered for a commissioned pubic artwork for one of three locations in the exterior garden area of the Centre. This first work is being commissioned in honour of the late Mrs. Yulanda Faris. Information about Mrs. Faris is below.
ABOUT KAY MEEK
Starting in July 2019, the Centre will begin significant renovations in order to make access to, and within, the building easier for those with mobility challenges and the public at large. Exterior renovations include widening walkways, adding outdoor seating areas and the development of a public sculpture garden. The outdoor area is accessible 24-hours a day, and is used by visitors attending events at the Centre, residents of West Vancouver and students who attend West Vancouver Secondary School.
ABOUT YULANDA FARIS
CALL FOR INTEREST
SCOPE OF WORK & DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
Proposal (For Finalists Only)
CALL FOR INTEREST SUBMISSIONS: APRIL 30, 2019 AT 5 pm
Please download and carefully review the full call Here for more details and how to apply.
Shoppers Mall Connection Hallway Mural RFP
April 23, 2019Link >>
Shoppers Mall is seeking an artist or artist team to create a unique mural in their shopping centre located at 1570 18th Street; Brandon, MB.
Artist Fee: $6,000
The purpose of this request for proposals is to select an artist or group of artists to transform a current blank wall/space existing in a recently redeveloped area of the shopping centre through the creation of an original mural. Energy is to be brought into the space through the mural and create interest within the local community and region of Western Manitoba, creating an opportunity for increased traffic to Shoppers Mall.
Please download and carefully review the full Call for Proposal and Appilcation Form
Call for Proposals: Toronto Sculpture Garden
City of Toronto
April 15, 2019Link >>
Deadline for proposals: April 15, 2019
From its 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, whose non-profit L.L.O. Sculpture Garden Foundation 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.
The Fall 2019 Sculpture Garden project will be presented in partnership with the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, which will take place along the waterfront and in other parts of the city from September 21 to December 1, 2019. The work for the Sculpture Garden will be connected thematically and practically with other artworks in the Biennial exhibitions.
The Biennial will feature works by Canadian and international artists in public spaces and unexpected locations. Many projects will be presented in collaboration with not-for-profit galleries, museums, community organizations, and educational institutions across the city. For more information, please visit torontobiennial.org.
The curators for the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art ask artists to consider "how can we be in relation?" This question is intended to decenter the individual in place of a multiplicity. What is our role when we imagine our position amidst an infinite constellation of beings, human and non-human, animate and inanimate? And might this be a future? The future’s future? By focusing on relations, kinships, and interdependencies, we open ourselves up to ancient ideas, alternative histories, sacred belief systems, and ways of knowing. We also look further back, towards a deeper, geological sense of time. Measured in eons, not centuries. And by recalibrating the compass by which we view the past, we also direct our gaze to a multiplicity of futures: Indigenous futurisms, Black futurisms, migrant futurisms, animal futurisms.
The Biennial will take place primarily within an area framed by the original boundaries of the so-called Toronto Purchase (1805), which ran from Ashbridges Bay to Etobicoke Creek. For the First Peoples, who have maintained a presence here for over 15,000 years, this is a site of spiritual healing, trade, treaty, and gathering. In the current era, it has been deeply inscribed by much newer settler, slave and immigrant narratives, just as it has also been physically transformed by industrial, military and civilian use. In years to come, this line will be redrawn again by radical development and re-naturalization. Existing on the edge of Lake Ontario, part of the largest freshwater system on Earth, we view it in relation. And at each new magnification we get a different view of our role in a multitude of ecosystems: collaborative and destructive, ecological and capitalistic, civic and colonial.
The successful proposal will be selected by the TSG Selection Panel, which will include a member of the Biennial curatorial team. Preference will be given to new work that responds to the site and the curatorial direction; only in exceptional cases will existing work be considered.
February 15, 2019: Call to artists for Expression of Interest
For detailed information about proposal and submission requirements, please visit toronto.ca/publicartcompetitions.
Economic Development & Culture | City of Toronto
EOI - Public Artworks for Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge ad Tunnel
City of Toronto
April 1, 2019Link >>
Value of the Awarded Commission: Approximately $285,000.00 (+HST) CAD
Deadline for Submissions: 4pm, Monday, April 1, 2019
The City of Toronto invites professional artists (including artist teams) to submit their Expression of Interest to the first stage of a competition for integrated public artwork(s) as part of the redesign and replacement of the Glen Road pedestrian bridge and tunnel.The art component of this revitalised public space will be selected through an open two-stage competition, with a net budget of approximately $285,000.00 (+HST). The project budget includes all costs directly associated with the artwork: all fees for design, fabrication, installation, engineering and professional services, insurance, travel and other incidental expenses.
The Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge, built in 1972, is a steel and timber bridge that extends from Bloor Street East in the south to Glen Road in the north, passing over the Rosedale Valley. At the south end of the bridge, under Bloor Street East, is a pedestrian tunnel which provides a connection to Glen Road in the south and the TTC's Sherbourne Station.In 2003, the bridge was designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act within the South Rosedale Heritage Conservation District and added to the City’s heritage register. As a result, the new structure is expected to retain the design attributes of the existing bridge, and maintain the views to and from Rosedale Valley.
The pedestrian bridge and tunnel will be widened and redesigned to address concerns about personal safety and to increase natural surveillance on the bridge and in the tunnel area.
The design is currently underway, led by the City's consultant, Morrison Hershfield, and anticipated to be completed by late summer 2019 and tendered by the end of the year. Construction is planned for 2020-21. Public art funding is provided by the City's City Planning-Urban Design and Transportation Services divisions.
Environmental Assessment (EA):
Project presentation at the City's Design Review Panel:
The experience for users of this renewed public space will include a project by a professional visual artist or an artist-led team, selected through an open competition, with a net budget of approximately $285,000.00 (+HST). The project budget includes all costs directly associated with the artwork: all fees for design, fabrication, mechanical, electrical, structural and engineering drawings, and installation, as well as contract administration, travel and other incidental expenses.
Thematically, artists are asked to broadly consider the history and ecology of the area, some of which is detailed in the EA. The Rosedale Valley ravine is the site of a buried stream where Rosedale Valley Road now runs, and is part of the Don River Watershed. It is an Environmentally Significant Area (a space within Toronto’s natural heritage system that requires special protection to preserve its environmentally significant qualities), and is covered by the Ravine and Natural Feature Protection By-law.
The tunnel and retaining walls to the north and south are the primary sites, although artists are asked to consider the site as a whole, including the bridge landings to the north and south, and the small plaza on the south side of the tunnel at Glen Road. The overall vision should create a connection between the Rosedale Valley, the south plaza and the subway entrance and the two local communities on either side of the ravine. The bridge and tunnel are in use at all hours, and proposals should take into account day and night use and visibility.
It is anticipated that proposals could include both two- and three-dimensional components, and a combination of materials, such as paint, tile, concrete formwork (especially in the underpass), lighting elements, and small sculptural objects.
Due to the many safety and maintenance requirements of bridges, underpasses and right-of-way sites, artists must be prepared to meet and work collaboratively with City staff and contractors to develop and refine proposals according to these parameters, which will be further specified in the Terms of Reference for short-listed artists.
This is a two-stage, open, international competition for professional artists.
Per the Canada Council’s guidelines, a professional artist is defined as someone who:
A specially convened Selection Panel, composed of practicing arts professionals and community members, will be established for this two-stage competition.
Stage 1: Request for Expression of Interest: February 8 – April 1, 2019
The Selection Panel will review all submissions and identify a short-list of five (5) artists, based on artistic excellence and demonstrated or perceived ability to create and execute an innovative, engaging public artwork that is complimentary to the overall design scheme and context.
Stage 2: Request for Concepts: mid-April – June 28, 2019
The short-listed artists will be notified in mid-April and invited to submit a conceptual design proposal. A detailed proposal is not required, but artists should show visual concepts and thematic ideas. A detailed Terms of Reference project document will be provided to help short-listed artists prepare their proposals. Short-listed artists will be paid a fee of $2,000.00 (+HST) for this stage.
Short-listed artists will attend an interview and present their proposals to the Selection Panel the third week of June. The panel will choose a finalist whose vision for the site best suits the overall scope of this project, and has the ability or perceived ability to conceive and realize a public artwork on this site.
The selected artist will be notified in late June, 2019 and all final design drawings required for the construction tender must be submitted by early October, 2019.
By Feb. 8: EOI issued
Professional artists are invited to respond to this EOI by submitting a single .pdf document:
This document must be labeled with the name of the artist and project (Last Name First Name_ Glen Road) and include:
Submissions must be received by 4pm, Monday, April 1, 2019.
We thank all respondents for their submissions but only applicants advancing to the second stage of the selection process will be contacted.
RFP - Temporary Public Art: Bee Hotel
City of Mississauga
March 29, 2019Link >>
Temporary Public Art: Bee Hotel
DEADLINE: Friday, March 29, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. EST
Solitary bees do not live in colonies, do not produce honey, are non-aggressive, and rarely sting. Unfortunately, these important pollinators are experiencing rapid population decline due to habitat loss, loss of food sources, disease and pesticide usage. By providing a refuge for female solitary bees to rest and lay eggs, bee hotels can be an effective approach to supporting the populations of wood-nesting, tunnel-nesting, and cavity-nesting bees.This public art project will combine artistic excellence and creativity with environmental conservation. The Bee Hotel will promote the conservation of Mississauga’s natural environment and inspire eco-friendly actions and values through compelling, unique, innovative public art.
Total budget for this project is $7,000.00 + HST.
RFP - Temporary Public Art: Downtown Banner Program
City of Mississauga
Call for Proposals for Outdoor Artwork - Perspectives
Department of Canadian Heritage
March 25, 2019Link >>
Canadian Heritage is seeking a dynamic, impactful image that conveys the theme ‘Perspectives’. This theme reflects the diverse ways that Canadians see themselves, their communities and their country.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 2019. 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.
This Call for Proposals is 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 winning artist will receive a fee of $3,000 for the exhibition of their artwork.
The deadline to apply is March 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT). If you would like to receive the competition documents to prepare your submission, please email PCH.artpublic-publicart.PCH@canada.ca with the subject line “Perspectives 2019.”
Expositions temporaires – Art public – Patrimoine canadien