Calls to Artists – Indigenous Public Art: Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility

  • Artist
  • Ottawa

City of Ottawa

Deadlines for Submissions:
Monday, April 12, 2021, 4.00pm EST (Indigenous Public Art Mentor)
Monday, May 31, 2021, 4.00pm EST (all other Calls to Artists)

Budget: Opportunities from $45,000 to $425,000 plus Harmonized Sales Tax

Contact Information:Dawn Saunders Dahl, Curator – Indigenous Art, [email protected]

If you would prefer to speak directly to Dawn, please email to coordinate a date and time.

Curator of Indigenous Art, Dawn Saunders Dahl, has developed an Indigenous Art Program for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility which will honour, support and showcase Indigenous art created by Indigenous Artists from Canada.  This program will integrate public art artwork by local, regional and national Indigenous artists (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) throughout the interior and exterior of the facility. Indigenous art will be integrated into the facility to create a welcoming and inclusive space representing strong, traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists.

The City of Ottawa invites Indigenous artists to submit applications for the following opportunities:

1. Expression of interest for an Indigenous Public Art Mentor;

2. Request for Proposals for Inuit artists to offer existing artworks for direct purchase;

3. Request for Proposals for Algonquin artists and artist teams to design, fabricate and install
artwork for an Indigenous multi-purpose room / children’s reading room and exterior frit / interior glass film;

4. Request for Proposals for Indigenous artists from across Canada to design, fabricate and install artwork for the interior of the Pimisi entrance and exterior sculptures; and

5. Request for Qualifications for Indigenous artists from across Canada to design and install artwork on seven exterior pillars.

The Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility will be a landmark destination built on the shared values and passions of the partner institutions: knowledge, history, discovery, culture, creativity, collaboration, and connections.  This innovative collaboration between a public library and the national library and archives will offer an enriched experience for customers and visitors, bringing together diverse collections, providing exhibition and event spaces, and free and open access to millions of documents and the rich Canadian documentary heritage. It will be built to a minimum of LEED Gold certification and be accessible by LRT and multi-use pathways for cyclists and pedestrians.
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