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Call to Ontario Indigenous Artists
Expressions of Interest (EOI) The Nogojiwanong Project

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Figure 1 Otonabee River Rapids

The Nogojiwanong Project Committee invites Indigenous artists or artist teams residing in Ontario to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a conceptual approach for a site-specific public artwork to be installed at Nogojiwanong on the territories of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe Peoples.

Nogojiwanong is an Anishinaabe word meaning “place at the foot of the rapids” and the name given to the gathering place, at the bottom of a turbulent stretch of the Otonabee River, renamed Peterborough by European settlers.

The artwork will be installed at a site, as yet to be determined, overlooking the Otonabee River within Millennium Park—the present-day landfall and eddy along that western shoreline in the City of Peterborough.

The Nogojiwanong Project will support innovative proposals from both emerging and established artists working in a range of disciplines and media. Contemporary and traditional disciplines will be considered. Artworks should, in some manner, consider the setting and stories from this land, and bring attention to the evolution of local treaties and inherent treaty rights, in particular Treaty No. 20—the agreement between the Michi Saagiig peoples and the British Crown that made it possible for Europeans to settle in this region.

“Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Everyone might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation…This fear of the Nation’s censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social honorable compact.”
—George Copway Kahgegagahbowh Michi Saagiig


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Figure 2 Otonabee River Shoreline Between Simcoe an King Streets, Circa 1830

This Call to Artists follows a two-stage selection process. The full call and more information about the project parameters, treaties, and treaty relationships can be found on the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program site.

Total Project Budget: $45,000


Community Engagement

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
580 Cameron Street
Peterborough, ON

City personnel will outline the specifics of the project and requirements. RSVP Project Co-ordinator, Wendy Trusler. Notes from the session will be available afterwards on City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program site


Submissions Guidelines

All expressions of interest must be submitted online through Submittable.com


Stage II (By Invitation)

In the second stage, a short-list of three (3) finalists from Stage I will be paid $1500 to further develop and present their proposals to the selection committee. Finalists will be reimbursed for travel expenses to Peterborough including meals and accommodation up to a maximum of $1000. Receipts and a summary of expenses will be required.


Project Timeline

Information Session: April 4th, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Expression of Interest Deadline: April 23rd, 2018, Midnight

Short List Announced: Early May

Stage II Selection Process: June 2018

Finalist Notification: Early July

Project Completion: November 2018


About this Opportunity

This Call to Artists is being administered through the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program and funded by the City.


Please direct questions to:

Wendy Trusler
Public Art Coordinator
City of Peterborough
705-742-7777;1445
wtrusler@peterborough.ca
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