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 Proposals
City of Burlington Public Art Program

 Deadline:  Friday November 13, 2020
Budget:   Budget: $6,000 (design only)

The City of Burlington invites professional artists to submit design proposals for a series of laser-cut steel panels that will enhance the bridge located on Regal Road (Burlington, Ontario). Artists are asked to submit a proposal for ten (10) designs that will be used to produce custom laser-cut panels that will be installed on the concrete sidewalls of the bridge. The designs should be related in theme and aesthetic so that the panels work together as a series. The successful artist will be awarded $6,000 for their designs. All costs and tasks associated with the fabrication, installation and maintenance of the panels will be paid for by the City of Burlington.

*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.

Important!  Please read the complete RFP package before your submitting your application.  Click here to download the RFP (pdf).

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.

New for 2017!  A small honorarium will be paid to all jury members as a thank you for participating!

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

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