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 Shade Structure(s)

City of Burlington, Civic Square

Deadline: Friday March 15, 2019

Budget:   Budget: $115,000 CAD 

The City of Burlington invites professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to create a shade structure(s) to complement planned upgrades to the small gathering place in front of City Hall on Brant Street (426 Brant Street, Burlington Ontario). This competition is open to all Canadian 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 $1000 to develop their proposals.

Important!  Please read the full Expression of Interest (EOI) document prior to submitting and application as this contains important project information and application instructions.  Click here to download the EOI (pdf).

Ends on March 18, 2019

Request for Proposals

Temporary Public Art Installations, Various Locations

City of Burlington

Deadline:   Monday March 18, 2019

Budget:   $6,000 per commission (7 different commissions available)

The City of Burlington public art program invites professional artists and artist teams to submit proposals for temporary art installations that will be unveiled as part of the City of Burlington’s Culture Days event (September 27 – 29, 2019). Seven installations will be exhibited for a one-month period running from September 27 – October 25, 2019 at various locations throughout the city. Of particular interest are projects that connect residents and visitors to the buildings, natural landscape, community and/or history of the identified sites. Artists working in all media are welcome to submit a proposal, including visual art, sculpture, sound, projection, light, performance art, etc.

Important!  Please read the full Request for proposals document prior to submitting your application as this contains important information about the project.  Click here to download the RFP (pdf).

 Application Requirements

  1. Project Description: 500 words maximum
  2. Fabrication and Installation: 500 words maximum
  3. Artwork Sketch: 3 images maximum 
  4. Itemized Project Budget
  5. Curriculum Vitae: 4 pages maximum
  6. Artist Statement: 250 words maximum
  7. Artwork Samples: 10 items maximum
  8. Documentation List

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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