Call to Cdn Artists & Design Teams, Aylmer & Simcoe Plaza Project, Deadline: July 13

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Call to Canadian Artists & Design Teams, Aylmer & Simcoe Plaza Project

The City of Peterborough invites Canadian artists and design teams to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a conceptual approach for a public art competition to create an artwork for the City’s new Aylmer and Simcoe Plaza.

This is a two-stage, province-wide call open to professional artists and designers who are permanent residents of Ontario.

Deadline: Thursday, July 13th, 2017 (Midnight)

Project Background and Intent

The City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program helps to create culturally enriched public spaces that foster a sense of place and an emotional attachment to Peterborough’s urban and natural environment.

This initiative is being developed in concert with the Peterborough Public Library’s Main Branch renovation and expansion. The renovation will not only update the physical building, but will also include technological enhancements and create more accessible and user-friendly spaces. The construction of the plaza adjacent to the library emphasizes a commitment to creating a vibrant place for people to gather and socialize in the heart of downtown Peterborough.

CFP-Aylmer-Simcoe-layout-smlThe Aylmer and Simcoe Plaza Project will support innovative proposals from both emerging and established artists working in a range of disciplines and media. Beyond improving the appearance of the chosen location, the artwork should in some manner consider the community in which it will be installed and reflect the library’s mission to connect, inform, inspire and enlighten library patrons of all ages.

The location of the plaza is at the southwest corner of Aylmer and Simcoe Streets in downtown Peterborough. More Information about library programming and the renovation can be found on the Peterborough Public Library site.

The public art area is now defined on the site plan with an approximate 20’x 20’ footprint. There also needs to be an awareness of the tree canopy as the planting is finalized for this area.

Design details and images of the landscaping materials for the site can be found on the Plaza Landscape Concept Rendering.

The expected completion of the plaza and the artwork is autumn 2017.

Total project budget: $50,000


This is a two-stage province-wide call open to professional artists and designers who are permanent residents of Ontario. The design team leader must be an accomplished artist or designer partnered with a professional architect, landscape architect, engineer fabricators or constructors able to complete the installation.

Submission Guidelines

All Stage I Submissions should be made online through
You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Proposal/Project Description (1-page max)
  2. Bio (250 words max)
  3. Current CV (3 pages max)
  4. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)

Please select all support material that reveals your experience and expertise as related to your proposal.

A preliminary perspective drawing included in the Visual Support Material and the Project Description should clearly illustrate the applicant’s intentions and conceptual approach.

Visual Support Material should be labeled numerically with the applicant’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.).

The Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

If you wish to include video documentation it should be uploaded to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selections committee may only view up to five minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the selection committee to view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Applications that do not adhere to these criteria or are incomplete will be disqualified.
All applicants will be notified with the selection committee’s Stage I decision by late July.

Applicants invited to Stage II of the competition will be expected to provide a maquette, and a detailed project budget outlining expenses including but not limited to: artist fees, materials, equipment, fabrication, installation, travel and accommodation costs and all applicable taxes. More details will be provided to Stage II invitees.

Stage II (By Invitation)

In the second stage, a short-list of three (3) finalists from Stage I will be paid $1500 to further develop and present their proposals to the jury. Finalists will be reimbursed for travel expenses to Peterborough including meals and accommodation up to a maximum of $1000. Receipts and a summary of expenses will be required.

Stage II Submission Requirements Include:

  1. A Detailed Schematic Drawing/Design and Maquette for the Location
  2. Description of Methodology
  3. Materials and Technical Requirements
  4. Project Budget
  5. Project Plan and Timeline
  6. Maintenance Requirements

Selection Process & Criteria

A selection committee composed of five (5) voting members will review all submissions. The selection committee will include a representative from the project sponsor, LLF Lawyers, a member of the Peterborough Public Library Board, two members of the Public Art Advisory Committee and a member at large with interests or expertise in contemporary art, architecture, design, engineering, history, or cultural tourism. The successful applicant will be an artist whose work and experience best suits the scope of this project, and who has demonstrated an ability to realize a public artwork appropriate to the location. In addition to artistic merit and viability, proposals will be judged in relation to the City of Peterborough’s Municipal Cultural Plan and Public Art Initiative and the Library’s aims and ideals. For more information please see: Municipal Cultural Plan Public Art Initiatives

The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee (ACHAC) will receive the selection committee’s findings.

Project Timeline

Submissions Deadline: Thursday, July 13th, 2017 (Midnight)
Short List Announced: Late July
Stage II Selection Process: August 2017
Notification of Winning Proposal: August 2017
Project Completion: October 2017

About This Opportunity

This project is supported by the City of Peterborough and the sponsorship of LLF Lawyers. Proposals are being administered by the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program.

Please direct questions to:
Wendy Trusler
Public Art Coordinator; City of Peterborough
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