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Call for Artists - Expression of Interest (EOI)

The Church Street Mural Project

City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and community partners including the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area, Tourism Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario in consultation with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and StreetARToronto seek to hold an open public art competition to commemorate the history and achievements of the diverse LGBTTI2QQ communities through mural art. These works will be featured on prominent building locations in the Church-Wellesley Village.

The Church-Wellesley Village has a rich LGBTTI2QQ activist and cultural history which dates back as early as 1810. Organizations like the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives have worked tirelessly to record our histories. This mural art project will build upon this knowledge by fostering the creation of murals to commemorate these stories and the many diverse communities that have shaped the sexual liberation and LGBTQ human rights movement.

Currently, the Church-Wellesley Village is undergoing both long-term revitalization and short-term enhancements in preparation for World Pride 2014. The Church Street Mural Project will be a visually stunning and high-profile way to commemorate LGBTQ histories while beautifying the neighbourhood.

Toronto's Church-Wellesley Village is one of the most vibrant, colourful and unique neighbourhoods in Canada. It is the annual hub for Toronto Pride Week, the city's largest festival and Canada's largest LGBTTI2QQ event. Pride Toronto records show that approximately one million visitors come to the area during the festival. In 2014, Pride Toronto will be hosting World Pride, a city-wide international event with the Church-Wellesley Village at its heart. Expectations are that World Pride 2014 will see a significant increase in attendance, placing Church Street in the centre of one of largest ever tourist and cultural celebrations in the world.

Mural Locations
The locations identified for the mural art are on street-facing buildings from Carlton Street to Isabella Street. The murals will vary in size and dimensions to take advantage of the unique architectural opportunities presented by participating buildings. The building surfaces are diverse and can have various treatments made to them. Electrical supply will be provided where needed. We encourage submissions from LGBTQ artists working in various mediums including mural, relief, two-dimensional graphic, multi-media and light-based works.

The Call For Artists

STAGE 1: For this first stage of the competition, we are inviting local, national and international artists or artist teams to respond to this Expression of Interest (EOI) by submitting the following:

  • Artist CV (in text formats .doc or .pdf)
  • 10 images of work; images should clearly indicate title of work, location, dimensions (format .jpg or .pdf)
  • Artist Statement outlining interest in project, relevant experience and general artistic approach (in text formats .doc or .pdf)
  • Signed Expression of Interest

Please provide all components electronically. (Combined file size not exceeding 10MB)

Submissions must be received by 4:00 PM, Friday February 28, 2013. via email:

Church-Wellesley Village BIA
Attention: Curators James Fowler and Syrus Marcus Ware
E-mail: (please list in subject heading: Church Street Mural Project EOI)
Address: CWVBIA Office, 519 Church Street – Unit 302

Please note: Artists are NOT asked to submit proposals at this first stage of the competition.

A short list of artists will be selected during this first stage.

STAGE 2: For the second stage of the competition, each artist selected will develop a project proposal based on a terms of reference document provided. A public open house exhibition of the short-listed designs and final design selection will be held at a date and place to be announced shortly . The public mural art concept for the Church Street Mural Project will be selected through a two stage open competition by a specially convened independent selection committee made up of practicing arts professionals and community representatives.

** Toronto has a vast and incredibly diverse set of communities that make up the LGBTTI2QQ community. We strongly encourage artists who reflect this diversity to apply. Please let us know if you require assistance or accommodation to ensure that your application is submitted.**


Church-Wellesley Village BIA
511 Church Street, Suite 210
Toronto ON

M4Y 2C9

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Twitter: @ChurchStMurals
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