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The Elora Sculpture Project 2018 - Call for Submissions

2018 marks the 8th year of the Elora Sculpture Project; a seasonal, outdoor exhibition running from May 1 to October 31. Sculptures will be installed throughout the downtown core of Elora and Fergus.

A jury appointed by the Elora Sculpture Project (ESP) committee will select up to 20 entries for exhibition. You may access a map outlining the locations in Elora and Fergus by visiting our website. The criteria for selecting the artworks include: aesthetic appeal, quality, durability, innovation and originality.

Elora and Fergus are centrally located in Ontario, a short drive from Toronto, Kitchener Waterloo, Hamilton and Guelph. Our proximity to major centres and our spectacular landscapes ensures that we have many visitors spring to fall. Elora’s vibrant cultural community is host to both the Elora Music Festival, and the Riverfest Musical Festival as well as other popular events.

The community’s commitment to art and culture, and its’ growing reputation to inspire and engage the public with art draws many return visitors from across Canada, United States and abroad.

Exhibition Guidelines:

Open to all artists within Canada.

Your sculptures must be original works suitable for outdoor installation. The artwork should not pose a risk of injury to the public (i.e. no sharp points) and be must be robust enough to withstand outdoor installation and interaction with the public.

Artists may submit up to two entries for consideration. However, if selected, only the highest ranking of the entries will be featured in the exhibition.

Artworks may be offered for sale. The ESP does not take a commission on sales, nor is it directly involved with any sales. All inquiries and sales are handled by the artist or their agent and all sculptures must remain for the duration of the exhibition. A modest honorarium will be paid to all participating artists.

For 2018 a bursary of $1000.00 will be offered to one successful applicant who is currently enrolled in a qualifying, post secondary program. See Bursary Application for full details.

Works selected must be installed for the entire exhibition period, May 1 to October 31, 2018. No exceptions. Works not installed by May 6, 2018 may be replaced by an alternate at the sole discretion of the ESP Committee.

Sculpture Sizes:

  • Small: Up to 2 ft high, 1 ft. wide, 1 ft deep.
  • Standard: Up to 8 ft high, 4 ft wide, 2 ft deep.
  • Oversized: Up to 10 ft. high, 6 ft. wide, 4 ft. deep.

Sculptures less than 24” high should include a suitable pedestal or riser to attach to the permanent base. Pedestal description does not need to be included with submission.

All sculptures must be secured for safety and security purposes to the existing, permanent base at each site. (details provided to finalists.)

Artists are responsible for delivery, installation and later removal of their sculptures at designated dates, times and sites. (details provided to finalists.)


January 20, 2018. (5 pm.) Deadline for submissions.

Feb 10, 2018. Notice of acceptance by email.

May 1, 2018. Artwork installation.

May 6, 2018. Sculpture walk and opening reception.

October 31, 2018. Artwork removal and pick up.

Further Details and Entry Forms Available at:

Twitter: @EloraSculpture