RFQ - Main Street Mural Project

City of Guelph

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 www.guelph.ca/mainstreet  

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