Public Art Calls

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


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British Columbia

Victoria, BC
2019 Call For Artists Application
Oak Bay Parks, Recreation & Culture
November 30, 2018
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Public Art in Oak Bay is Alive and Well and Happening!

About Oak Bay

The municipality of Oak Bay, part of Greater Victoria, is located on the south eastern tip of Vancouver Island. Surrounded by beaches and parkland, its scenery includes splendid views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Salish Sea. Oak Bay is legendary for its fine domestic architecture, its picturesque gardens and for its "old world" atmosphere. This geologically fascinating area is also home to the unique and rare Garry Oak Meadow ecosystem. Our 18,000 residents have a deep attachment to our natural and built environment. We have a majority of the region's art galleries and many resident artists and arts enthusiasts. Now in its fifth year of development, the Oak Bay Public Art Strategy program, ArtsAlive Oak Bay, with its Arts Laureate position, is an expression of our municipality's support for a flourishing arts environment for the economic, social and personal benefit of our entire community.

About ArtsAlive Oak Bay
For the past five years, in a variety of locations around Oak Bay, the Public Art Committee installed outdoor sculptural artworks — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including several moving wind works. They were all greatly appreciated for their artistic merit and challenged us to pause and reflect about living in this special seaside community, proud of its distinct heritage even as it contemplates its future as a vibrant place to live and work.

Invitation To Artists/Sculptors

  • Artists are invited to submit proposals for our 2019 public sculpture program.
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a jury of art professionals and citizen enthusiasts.
  • Up to 13 pieces to be selected and installed in secure, highly visible outdoor locations.
  • The public will be invited to vote on a People's Choice Award. This piece will be considered for purchase by the Municipality up to a fair market value of $18,000.
  • Sculptures valued over $18,000 will be considered for exhibition and sale only. A commission of 10% of the  sale of any sculpture will go to ArtsAlive to be used for the development of the program.
  • Through this annual program, Oak Bay intends to develop a public art collection for permanent display.

Benefits to the Artist
This is an excellent opportunity for artists to showcase their work, imagination and talent. Thousands of local residents and visitors will be exposed to the work in this high profile program. The municipality, local media, Tourism Victoria and Tourism Oak Bay will promote this show throughout the year. Related art events like art walks, paint-ins, and celebrations will be organized, guaranteeing more excitement and community participation.

Financial Support
Successful submissions will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery budget of up to $500.
Works selected by the committee (in the People’s Choice Category) will also be eligible to be chosen for the People's Choice Award. This winning piece will be considered for eventual purchase up to fair market value of $18,000, and inclusion in Oak Bay's permanent public art collection pending municipal budget approvals. A commission of 10% of the sale of any sculpture will go to ArtsAlive to be used for the development of the program. Therefore, artists must also agree to make their piece available for the municipality to purchase for fair market value (to a maximum of $18,000). Should such funding approvals be successful the purchase would take place in 2020.
Artists may sell or lease their works at the end of the show (with the exception of the People's Choice winner).

2019 Theme: Confluence
Objects and forces, links and connections, ideas and images can join in vigorous and often surprising ways. Think of iconic images of the ever-stirring Salish Sea, rock-strewn, glaciated coastal terrain, multihued Garry Oak and camas fields, all flowing onwards and merging as our natural, living landscape. Consider the human dimension, through time and topography as people assemble in changing relationships with each other and the environment. The confluence of First Nations and others as expressed in artifact and recall, amount to ever-shifting layers of memory, known and unknown.
Artists are invited to submit proposals for sculpture, public artworks in various media that reflect the theme of Confluence.

How to Apply
We invite your submission by completing an application form which provides more precise information for artists regarding timeline, design specifications, and financial support.


Richmond, BC
Keltic Development, Request for Proposals (RFP)
City of Richmond
December 6, 2018
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The City of Richmond Public Art Program is seeking an artist to propose an integrated glass artwork for a new 15-storey, mixed-use commercial and residential development at 6340 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC. The artist will work in collaboration with a specialist glass fabricator and GBL Architects during production and construction phases of the building. A two-stage artist selection process will be implemented for this opportunity. For the first stage, artists will be selected based on demonstrated experience, past work and statement of intent. A $1,500 CAN honorarium will be provided for shortlisted artists to develop a visual concept for the artwork. Artists will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation, up to $1,000 CAN. Artists will not be responsible for fabrication and installation costs. The project will be funded from Keltic Canada’s public art community amenity contribution.


Artist Fee: $30,000 CAN

Eligibility: Open to all artists

Deadline: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 5:00 p.m. PST

Completion: Winter 2021



For more information and how to apply visit


Hamilton, ON
Churchill Park Public Art Project [Call for artists]
City of Hamilton
November 22, 2018
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The City of Hamilton is seeking professional Artists or Artist-Led Teams to create a permanent Public Art work(s) to be located along a new path in the western section of Churchill Park, also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens Teaching Garden. Artists are asked to propose art works that will speak to themes related to Human Rights and the legacy of great humanitarians such as Raoul Wallenberg, who saved over 100,000 Jews from the Holocaust.

Artists will be selected by a citizen Jury through a two-stage process involving a written statement of approach and qualifications followed by submission of a detailed proposal by selected Artists.

Short-listed Artists completing a Stage 2 submission will receive a $1200 honorarium.


Submission Deadline:
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM (EST)

Artist Information Meeting:
Thursday October 18, 2018, 7 PM
Westdale Library (Program Room) – 955 King Street West, Hamilton
Artists are invited to view a presentation on the adjudication process and submission requirements and ask questions.
This is not a mandatory meeting.

For more information and to make a submission please see:


or contact:

Jen Anisef
Public Art & Projects Section
Tourism and Culture Division, City of Hamilton
Tel: 905.546.2424 ext. 7612



National Capital Region, ON
Pre-Qualified Artwork Inventory (Request for Qualifications)
Canadian Heritage (PCH)
December 13, 2018
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The Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) is seeking professional Canadian artists who work with large-scale outdoor formats, including interactive and light installations. PCH wishes to showcase Canadian artistic excellence to enrich the visitor experience in Canada’s Capital Region. This is an opportunity for artists to present their art in highly visible locations in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.

PCH is inviting artists to submit up to three existing artworks to be retained as part of a pre-qualified artwork inventory. This inventory will remain active from January 2019 to December 2020, with a possibility of a one-year extension.

Once the artworks are pre-qualified, PCH may then select one or more for exhibition for a determinate period. This may be as part of a major event held in Canada’s capital or as an autonomous installation for an extended duration (e.g., 1 to 2 years).


More details and how to apply, please visit Official Posting on Government of Canada's Website



Appel de propositions – Répertoire d’œuvres d’art présélectionnées
Date butoir pour l’envoi de soumission : 13 décembre 2018 – 16 h (HNE)
Expositions temporaires – Art public – Patrimoine canadien
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