Call to Artists: Scarlett Road Bridge Artwork [EOI]

City of Toronto

Value of the Awarded Commission: Approximately $500,000.00 (+HST) CDN

Deadline for Submissions: 4pm, Monday, October 1, 2018

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 art works as part of the redesign of the Scarlett Road bridge, at the intersection of Scarlett Road, St. Clair Avenue and Dundas Street West in Toronto. The art component of this major new public space will be selected through an open two-stage competition, with a net budget of approximately $500,000.00 (+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 redesign of the intersection includes the replacement of the railway bridge above Scarlett Rd and the addition of one northbound lane and one southbound lane under the bridge, doubling the width of the underpass. Sidewalks will be improved throughout, and space added for future bike lanes on Dundas Street and Scarlett Road. Additional public realm improvements will include landscaping and the redesign of a small parkette to the north of the intersection. Once completed, public art will enhance the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in this improved public space. The design of these new multi-use facilities and public spaces is a joint project by Morrison Hershfield, Transportation Services, Urban Design, and Parks, Forestry and Recreation, with the aim of completion by Fall 2020.



The artwork will be integrated into the overall design of the site, which includes the underpass, extensive retaining walls along Dundas St., Scarlett Rd. and St. Clair Ave., sidewalks and parkette. Artists are asked to consider the site as a whole rather than selecting a single location. Given the range of potential sites, it is anticipated that proposals could include both two- and three-dimensional components, and a combination of materials, such as paint, tile, concrete formwork, coloured concrete, 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 the City's Transportation and Engineering departments to refine proposals according to these parameters, which will also be included in the Terms of Reference for short-listed artists.



Please carefully review the complete Call to Artists online:

Toronto Arts & Culture Services invites professional artists to respond to this EOI by submitting a single document in pdf form:
This document must be labeled with the name of the artist and project (Last Name First Name Scarlett Rd.) and include:

  • CV (one for each team member, if applicable)
  • Brief artist statement outlining interest in project, showing relevant experience, ability, and general artistic approach. Do not include proposals at this stage.
  • Maximum ten (10) images of work, with caption including title, materials, dimensions, location, and commissioning body (if applicable). Audio / Video files may be provided via URL.
  • Names and contact information for two references (preferably from recent projects).

Submissions must be received by 4:00 PM, Monday, October 1, 2018.

Email submissions to:

  • Please use subject line: [surname], [first name] Scarlett Road
  • Submissions must not exceed 20 MB total size

Incomplete or late submissions, or those not in single pdf 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.

Contact Catherine Dean

Public Art Officer

(416) 395-0249