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16 York St Public Art Program

Closing Date: April 6, 2018 5:00 PM EST

Public Art Management, on behalf of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, are excited to announce this Request for Credentials to all professional artists as part of the 16 York Street office project in downtown Toronto, Canada.

We are inviting interested professional artists to submit their credentials for consideration as part of the first stage of a two-stage public art process to select candidates to be considered for this new Class A, 32-storey office development.

Located at the southwest corner of York St and Bremner Blvd, 16 York is being designed by the renowned Toronto-based architecture firms architectsAlliance and B+H Architects. The project is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020. Additional information on the development as well as images of the project can be found at:

The total Public Art budget for the project is $2.5 million CAD. Currently there are a maximum of three locations being considered for public art, all of which are in the interior of the at-grade lobby space, however the number of locations being considered may be revised based on the outcome of this Request for Credentials, and at the Owners discretion.

The budget distribution for the locations is to be determined and this information will be provided to the shortlisted artists once they have been selected. The total Public Art Budget includes; artist design fees, administration, travel, engineering, supply, materials and fabrication, insurance, delivery, and installation and maintenance of artwork(s). The goal is to commission art that is iconic, impactful, durable, and requiring minimal maintenance.

The submission deadline is: 5:00PM EST, April 6, 2018. We regret that only advancing artists will be contacted.

Public Art Management (PAM) will be managing this stage of the project on behalf of the Owner, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. Questions must be submitted in writing via email only at the address noted below.

Evaluation Criteria

Each candidate may be evaluated on the basis of the following:

  • Aesthetic evaluation: original thinker: strong, contemporary, innovative and original work
  • A demonstrated strong sense of scale exhibited through past work coupled with an interest in and ability to create permanent, maintainable, sustainable artwork
  • History of public exhibition in reputable public institutions, innovative artist-run spaces, and installation projects
  • Confirmation of ability to work within a team environment, with a generosity of spirit and patience
  • Proven track record and ability to complete projects on time and within budgets (either public art commissions or museum/gallery projects).

Professional standing by peer or art expert references will be a major consideration as well.

RFC Submission Requirements

For this Stage, we are inviting artists to submit a single document in pdf format.

This document must be labeled with the name of the artist or artist team and must include:

  1. A current CV (or one for each member of the team, if applicable);
  2. Images of up to a maximum of ten (10) past projects/installations/artworks (up to a maximum of 3 images for each project, if necessary) noting the materials, location, commissioning body and project cost;
  3. The names and contact information of two references (preferably related to projects completed within the past 10 years)

Please do not submit concept proposals at this stage.

The deadline for this RFQ is April 6, 2018 5:00PM EST.

All inquiries for this RFQ must be sent via email to:

Only emailed communications to this address will be accepted. No telephone inquiries are permitted. If the file size exceeds 25MB, email via a file transfer service.

On the subject line clearly mark: ’16 York St Public Art Stage 1 and the name of the artist/artist team.

Artists are responsible for the timely submission of their entries. Incomplete submissions will be subject to disqualification. All submission materials will be retained by Public Art Management and The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited.

We thank all respondents for their submissions but regret that only advancing proponents will be contacted. Beyond formal notification to finalists, Public Art Management and/or The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited will not enter into any correspondence regarding the artist selection process nor the decision concerning advancing candidates.