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Call to Artists: Request to Prequalify


The TTC is looking to pre-qualify an Artist or Artist Team to develop an integrated public artwork for the following possible sites at the Scarborough Centre Subway Station:

  • The North Retaining Wall of the Bus Terminal and/or
  • Other locations of the Station that may be identified by the project team.

The Artist will be required to work with the TTC’s Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) team to develop their artwork, including the production of technical documents, for the tender, fabrication and installation of the artwork.

The Artist will be required to attend, in person, one (1) kickoff meeting with the project team, a minimum of two (2) meetings on site at the place of the art installation, a minimum of two (2) meetings for the purposes of presenting their design proposal to the public and/or to the TTC, one (1) meeting to attend the official opening of the project and to attend additional meetings scheduled as required.

The Artist’s Scope of Work will include all stages of the design, technical document preparation and oversight of the fabrication and installation of the artwork from conception to completion, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting technical research and providing samples of the proposed technique of integrating the artwork into the station design;
  • Attending Public Information Consultation to present the concept to both public and TTC events, as required;
  • Coordinating with TTC’s SSE Design Team to develop a complete set of technical documents for the fabrication and installation of the work;
  • Incorporate the TTC’s existing best practices for transit project design and construction;
  • Working with the TTC’s construction team to oversee installation of the artwork and integration with proposed designs and finishes;
  • Working to design an artwork that does not include any moving parts or parts susceptible to wear (i.e. requiring regular replacement).

A total budget of $587,000.00 Canadian, plus HST has been allocated for all costs associated with the fabrication and installation of the artwork and integration of the artwork with existing finishes. It is the Commission’s intention to award one contract for the Artist’s consulting fees at Scarborough Subway Station in a Fixed Fee amount of $150,000.00 Canadian, plus HST.

The TTC will reimburse the commissioned artist for travel costs related to the Scope of Work described in Stage 2, outside a 200 kilometre radius of the City of Toronto, to a maximum of $10,000 Canadian, plus HST.

The Toronto Transit Commission is inviting Artists to request Pre-Qualification Statement which outline the submission materials required for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Competition. Stage 1 submissions will be evaluated and ranked by a five person jury that will pre-qualify up to 5 Artists to be invited to submit Stage 2 proposals.

An electronic copy of the pre-qualification statement can be requested by email:

Hard copy submissions must be received by Wednesday April 25th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Late submissions will be rejected and will be returned to the Artist.

Submissions will be reviewed by an independent jury convened for this project. A short list of a maximum of 5 artists or artist teams will be selected to prepare a Stage 2 design proposal. Artists will be paid a $2,500.00 (plus HST) honourarium for their Stage 2 proposals. If applicable, the TTC will reimburse Stage 2 artists, to a maximum of $1,500.00, for travel costs outside a 200 kilometre radius of the City of Toronto.

Artist presentations for Stage 2 are scheduled to take place in July of 2018.

Please be advised that the TTC has also advertised the Request for Pre-Qualification on the TTC's Materials and Procurement Website accessed at under "Business with the TTC" or go directly to: