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Canada Day Temporary Art Installations  


City of Waterloo is inviting artists to submit a proposal to be featured in the City of Waterloo's Canada Day celebration. This year's event will take place on July 1, 2021 in locations throughout the city as neighbourhoods join together to celebrate in a series of community picnics. As part of this event, temporary art installations will be placed in public spaces throughout Waterloo during the month of July.

These pieces will engage the public through one or more of the following themes:

  • Exploration of the stories and histories of this land told by the various peoples/communities/nations who have called and continue to call this area home  
  • What is our responsibility to each other and/or to the land?
  • Exploration of what it means to celebrate or not celebrate the past, present, and future of Canada or this land

In addition, the installations can also explore Waterloo as a community, as a technology-hub, and as a city full of diverse identities, traditions, and celebrations. 

Proposals can include, but are not limited to: shadow structures; outdoor photo installations; murals; literary displays; temporary sculpture; outdoor textiles; fence art; storytelling installations; etc. 


Call to Artists

The installations will be hosted in five (5) to seven (7) municipally owned spaces throughout the city. Artists are invited to submit site specific pieces, previously exhibited work, or new work that connects to any or all of the event themes. 

All proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Installations will be inclusive, engaging, and explore the themes of the event
  • Outdoor installations must be weather resistant as they will be hosted in unmonitored outdoor spaces for the duration of July 2021
  • Installations and presented work must comply with safety and accessibility standards
  • In keeping with the restrictions and safety protocols put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the installations must be viewed at a distance, touch free, and allow for social distancing
  • Artist(s) must be available to set-up, dismantle, or provide clear, concise, and simple instructions for staff to install project
  • If your piece needs power, or has specific technical requirements, please outline the request in the application - staff will work to accommodate requests, although some limitations may still apply.


Fees and Budget

Seven artists will be selected as part of this open call. Selected artists will receive a fee of $2,000 (inclusive of artist fees, supplies, etc) for their participation in the program. Additional resources like volunteers, tech support, or event set-up can be requested. However, these resources are limited so please include details in your proposal.

Artists are free to pursue additional project funding or sponsorship to aid in the development, exhibition, and display of their proposal.  Public recognition of any additional support/funding/sponsorship will be the responsibility of the artist and if recognition is required, artists must negotiate with City of Waterloo staff in advance of the installation.


Selection Criteria

Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. Demonstrated experience working with the public will be considered an asset.

City of Waterloo recognizes historic, systemic, and physical barriers have affected access to opportunities and resources for many people. While this opportunity is open to all, priority will be given to racialized individuals including  those who identify as Indigenous, Black, and/or people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+, newcomers, Deaf persons, persons with disabilities, and/or Francophone. 

A successful project will include:

  • Opportunities for the public to engage through hand-on, participatory, or creative exchanges with the art
  • Strong connection to the project themes 
  • Viable and realistic project proposal
  • Innovative and creative use of public space, municipal parks, and exploration of the themes
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver quality art/opportunities/programs on time and in accordance with project proposals
  • Artistic merit of the proposed project 


Additional Information

Program Information:

  • Applications will be reviewed by a City of Waterloo appointed review team
  • The review team will assess the quality of the application based on artistic merit, innovation, use of space, connection to the event's themes, and the artist’s ability to carry out the proposed project
  • Proposed projects can be new or existing and includes work that has already been exhibited 

Schedule and Compensation:

  • Funds will be dispersed in two installments (May and July)
  • *NEW* Application Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Result Announcements: Friday, March 26, 2021 
  • Installation period: July 1 - July 31, 2021

Terms and Conditions:

  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered
  • Storage space may be offered to the accepted artists - this space is very limited and storage needs must be specified in advance of the event
  • All installation offered by the artist as part of this program must be free and open to the public (ie. no charges)
  • Artists are required to communicate needs and specifics with City of Waterloo staff in advance of the event
  • Artists must be on-site, or arrange representation, for the installation and dismantling of the installation

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