The mission of the City of Burlington's Public Art Program is to enhance the quality of life in Burlington through the rich context of the arts. The program strives to bring artwork by both established and emerging artists to the city centre and the neighbourhoods throughout Burlington, Ontario. The Public Art Program provides cultural opportunity, guides the evolution of a vibrant artistic character for the City’s emerging public places, and ensures a visual legacy for all to enjoy.

Request for Expressions of Interest

Public Art Commission

City of Burlington, Skyway Community Centre

Deadline:  Friday March 10, 2023

Budget:   $120,000 CAD 

Important!  Please read the full Request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) document prior to submitting your application as this contains important project information.  Click HERE to download the EOI (pdf).

The City of Burlington invites professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to create an exterior public art installation for the plaza area of the new Skyway Community Centre (129 Kenwood Ave, Burlington, Ontario). This competition is open to all Canadian and International professional artists* and/or artist-led teams.

*A professional artist is an individual who has specialized skills and/or training in his/her artistic discipline (not necessarily in academic institutions), has a history of public presentation and is critically recognized as an artist.

An artwork proposal is not requested at this time. This is a two-phase process: in Phase One, applicants will be reviewed on the basis of artistic merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. In Phase Two, short-listed artists will be required to submit a preliminary artwork concept proposal that will be displayed for public comment and jury review. Artists selected for the short-list will be provided with a full Request for Proposals outlining detailed artwork specifications prior to developing their proposals. Short-listed artists will be paid an artist fee of $1500 to develop their proposals.

About Community Public Art

Are you interested in creating a public art project in your neighbourhood? The City of Burlington public art program is committed to supporting community-led projects by providing public art advice and, where applicable, access to City-owned parks and facilities.

Important!  Please read the complete application package (click here) before proceeding with the online application.

What kinds of projects can be considered?

A wide variety of projects will be considered. The goal of this program is to support community and/or artist-led projects that happen in public space. Community public art projects can include, but are not limited to:

  • Murals (interior or exterior)
  •  Two-dimensional works such as mosaics, surface treatments, etc.
  • Free-standing sculpture 
  • Temporary art installations 
  • Video and LED artworks (digital projections and lighting)
  • Artist-designed functional art (benches, bike racks, light standards or other streetscape amenities)

How do I apply?

If you would like to lead a community public art project, the first step is completing this application package (click here to download full document). A staff member will then contact you to outline the application review process and discuss next steps 

Participate in a Public Art Jury

Do you love art and your community?  Help make your mark on The City of Burlington’s public program by participating in a public art jury.  We are looking for local artists, creative professionals and residents to evaluate public art applications throughout the year.

No experience is necessary!  Each jury is made up of a mix of arts professionals and residents to represent a broad cross-section of the community.

Simply fill out a brief application form to be added to the jury roster by clicking the 'Submit' button.

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