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Expression of Interest

National Call for Artists – Public Art Project – Canmore, Alberta

The Town of Canmore is seeking Expressions of Interest (i.e. Request for Qualifications) from mid-career and senior professional artists to create a permanent work of art that will reflect and celebrate the community. The project is held in accordance with the Town of Canmore Public Art Policy. The Canmore Public Art Committee seeks to include, and encourages participation from artists from across Canada including Multi-Cultural and Indigenous artists.

Budget: $110,000 CAD + GST (maximum, all inclusive)



Deadline for Submissions: 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Shortlist Notification: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Residency: February 15 to April 5, 2018
Artist to select 2-4 days to visit Canmore

Maquette Due: 4:00pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

Final Artist Selection: Monday, June 4, 2018

Engineered Drawings Due: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Installation: May 2019



Public Art Opportunity - Selection Process

Artists will be chosen through a two-stage jury process.

First Stage

  • A Selection Committee will shortlist (up to 5) artists from the Expression of Interest applications.

Second stage

  • A full package containing renderings, art location details and project description will be made available to all Stage 2 shortlisted artists upon notification.

Artist Residency - February 15 to April 5, 2018

  • Shortlisted artists are required to participate in a 2-4 day residency to gain familiarity with Canmore, the site, local history, culture and stories. Artists will meet and interact with members of the community. The residency will provide some context from which artists will develop their detailed proposals. Costs associated with the residency including transportation, accommodation, and per diem ($75 per day) will be reimbursed to the artists upon submission and approval of receipts up to $2000.
  • Artists will receive a $2000 maquette fee to produce their art proposal.
  • Selection Committee will select one (1) artist based on final artwork proposal and maquette.


About the Potential Sites

In the second stage of this competition, all shortlisted finalists will be asked to design an artwork for one of the three sites listed below. This allows the finalists to select a site that resonates with them and complements their work.

Courtyard in front of 907 7 Avenue
In the Civic Centre Plaza, a popular location for events including National Indigenous Peoples Day, World Cup Opening Ceremonies and Medal Presentations, Winter Carnival activities and markets, this site is on the west side of 7 Avenue across from the Town offices.

Fairholme Drive at the Spur Line Trail
This location is at the intersection of a popular walking and cycling trail that leads to the Bow River. It is adjacent to the Canmore Seniors’ Lodge; is one of Canmore’s main arteries; and is the site for the Canmore Canada Day Parade.

South of Elevation Place on Railway Avenue
At the gateway to downtown Canmore and sharing the site with Elevation Place, Canmore’s indoor playground, this location experiences slow moving, high vehicle traffic. It is also on a cycling/walking path allowing for pedestrian interaction.


Community Engagement

The community should be engaged in the public art process through design, creation and/or installation in a meaningful way.


The Selection Committee

Will include representatives from community including a structural engineer; artists; residents of Canmore; and a member of the Canmore Public Art Committee. The Selection Committee is under no obligation to choose any finalists. All decisions of the Selection Committee are final. The Town of Canmore reserve the right to revoke the public art call and/or public art project.


Criteria for Shortlist

At the first stage application review, the Selection Committee will consider artist applications that demonstrate past experience with:

  1. Approach to art concept as written in Expression of Interest;
  2. Approach to community engagement;
  3. Artist experience with exterior art locations;
  4. Collaboration with design teams, project consultants, engineers and/or construction teams;
  5. Quality of past artworks as demonstrated in visual documentation.


Submission Requirements

Please send all materials as separate files on a CD or memory stick. Applications will not be accepted by fax or email. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Do not bind, staple applications, or use plastic cover sheets. Each section should be on a separate sheet, one sided. Additional materials will not be reviewed. Artists must submit the following, prepared as described below, in order to qualify for consideration in the competition:

1. SUBMISSION FORM

  • Complete and signed with contact information

2. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

  • One page maximum:
    Describe and explain your interest in this project.

3. ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO

  • One page maximum:
    Describe what inspires your artwork processes, the materials and methods you use, your background, and other information that pertains to your art practice

4. RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE

  • Three page maximum:
    Detail your experience as an artist, prior public art experience and / or other relevant information

5. VISUAL DOCUMENTATION

  • Maximum of 10 images:
    Images of previous public artworks or artworks which best illustrate a body of artwork related to the project (not less than 150 dpi – 1MB jpeg maximum)

6. DOCUMENTATION LIST

  • Clearly list each jpeg image to correspond with the order of the image list.
  • Include title, date, medium, size, and a brief description of the work.
  • For public artworks include the commissioning agent and budget.

7. REFERENCES

  • Public art commissioning agents, clients and/or consultants, OR curators, and/or other artists who can attest to the quality of your artworks and/or community engagement.
  • Please provide references’ current contact information only. Reference letters will not be reviewed.

8. RETURN POSTAGE

  • Enclose a self-addressed and stamped envelope with adequate postage if you do not want your application retained as part of the Canmore Arts and Events Department database.


For full project information and application - www.canmore.ca/residents/publicarts

Project contact:
Chris Bartolomie
cbartolomie@canmore.ca
902-7 Avenue, Canmore, AB T1W 3K1