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Public Art Opportunity
Trafalgar Park Community Centre
Town of Oakville

Request for Expressions of Interest
Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST
Budget: $90,000 CAD (maximum)

The Town of Oakville invites artists to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to create a permanent outdoor public artwork as part of the redevelopment of Oakville Arena and Trafalgar Park. The successful artist will have their work featured at the north entrance of the redeveloped facility which will be renamed the Trafalgar Park Community Centre.

Professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit Expressions of Interest by June 15, 2017.

An artwork proposal is not required at this time. This is a two-stage process.

During stage one of the competition, applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. Refer to submission details in the EOI document. In stage two shortlisted artists will be required to submit an artwork concept proposal and model. Short listed artists will be paid an artist fee of $1500 to develop their proposals. The selected artist will then enter a contract with the Town of Oakville for the artwork creation and installation phase of the project. The successful artist will have a maximum budget of $90,000 to create the artwork.

The public art concept will be selected by a specially-convened independent committee made up of visual arts professionals, community representatives and town staff. The project will be awarded in November 2017, installed during the summer of 2018 and unveiled when the Trafalgar Park Community Centre opens to the public in September 2018.

Oakville Arena, located at 133 Rebecca Street, was originally built in 1950 and has served as a community hub for more than six decades. It’s also one of only four remaining arenas in Ontario with a distinctive wooden truss roof system designed by Norman Otto Hipel, an Ontario politician and builder who patented the roof system in 1928. Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a resident-supported plan to revitalize and expand the facility while maintaining its historical features.

The project will expand the existing arena to a 65,500 square foot community centre while retaining the arena’s wooden roof trusses. The community centre will include an NHL-size ice pad, a seniors’ centre, public meeting space, fitness centre, full-size gymnasium, and an indoor running track. Trafalgar Park will feature a fully accessible playground with a shade structure, a double tennis court that will be converted into an artificial outdoor rink in the winter, and exterior washroom facilities.

Download the EOI document here

For more information contact: Tonia Di Risio, Program Supervisor – Culture, 905-845-6601 ext. 4614 or email:

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