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Call for Proposals
City of Peterborough—UN Peacekeepers Monument


The City of Peterborough invites Canadian artists and design teams to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a conceptual approach for a public art competition to create the UN Peacekeepers Monument in the City’s new Urban Park.

This is a two-stage national call open to professional artists and designers who are permanent residents of Canada.

DEADLINE: Monday, April 3, 2017


The City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program helps to create culturally enriched public spaces that are not only safe and comfortable, but also foster a sense of place and an emotional attachment to Peterborough’s urban and natural environment.

This initiative is being developed in partnership with and sponsored by the Peterborough chapter of the UN Peacekeepers Association (CAVUNP). Since 1947 United Nations Forces have performed peacekeeping duties worldwide. Through a variety of means the CAVUNP endeavours to inform the public about the role of peacekeeping and to honour and express gratitude for sacrifices made in the service of peace.

The UN Peacekeepers Monument Project will support innovative proposals from both emerging and established artists working in a range of disciplines and media. Beyond improving the appearance of the chosen location, the artwork should in some manner consider the community in which it will be installed, the spirit of peacekeeping, and the role that Canada plays in bringing peace to the world.


The site of City of Peterborough’s new Urban Park is in central downtown in a zone which transitions from the commercial downtown to residential. The site is framed by Charlotte, Aylmer, King and Louis Streets.

The proposed location of the UN Peacekeepers monument is a nine-meter square area at the north end of the park, on lands currently occupied by the Louis Street municipal parking lot. More Information about the park’s key features and proposed programming can be found HERE.


The final design of the park, including confirmation of the artwork’s location on the site will be available for Stage II invitees. The expected completion of the park and the monument is late 2018.


Total project budget: $95,000


This is a two-stage national call open to professional artists and designers who are permanent residents of Canada. The design team leader must be an accomplished artist or designer partnered with a professional architect or landscape architect, engineer fabricators and constructors able to complete the installation.


All Stage I Submissions should be made online HERE.
You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Proposal/Project Description (1-page max)
  2. Bio (250 words max)
  3. Current CV (3 pages max)
  4. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)

Please select all support material that reveals your experience and expertise as related to your proposal.

A preliminary perspective drawing included in the Visual Support Material and the Project Description should clearly illustrate the applicant’s intentions and conceptual approach.

Visual Support Material should be labeled numerically with the applicant’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.).

The Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

If you wish to include video documentation it should be uploaded to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selections committee may only view up to five minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Applications that do not adhere to these criteria or are incomplete will be disqualified.
All applicants will be notified with the jury’s Stage I decision by late April.

Applicants invited to Stage II of the competition will be expected to provide a maquette, and a detailed project budget outlining expenses including but not limited to: artist fees, materials, equipment, fabrication, installation, travel and accommodation costs and all applicable taxes. More details will be provided to Stage II invitees.

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 jury. Finalists will be reimbursed for travel expenses to Peterborough including meals and accommodation up to a maximum of $1500. Receipts and a summary of expenses will be required.

Stage II Submission Requirements Include:

  1. A Detailed Schematic Drawing/Design and Maquette for the Location
  2. Description of Methodology
  3. Materials and Technical Requirements
  4. Project Budget
  5. Project Plan and Timeline
  6. Maintenance Requirements


A jury composed of five (5) voting members will vet all submissions. Jurors will include a member of the local branch of the Peterborough chapter of the United Nations Peacekeepers Association, two members of the Public Art Advisory Committee and two members at large with interests or expertise in contemporary art, architecture, design, engineering, history, or cultural tourism. The jury will choose a finalist whose work and experience best suits the scope of this project, and who has demonstrated an ability to realize a public artwork appropriate to the park. In addition to artistic merit and viability, proposals will be judged in relation to the City of Peterborough’s Municipal Cultural Plan and Public Art Initiative and the CAVUNP’s aims and ideals. For more information please see:

Municipal Cultural Plan Public Art Initiatives

The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee and Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee (ACHAC) will receive the jury’s findings.


Submissions Deadline: April 3, 2017
Short List Announced: Late April
Stage II Selection Process: May 2017
Finalist Notification: June 2017
Project Completion: Late 2018


This call for proposals is being administered by the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program in partnership with the Peterborough Chapter of the UN Peacekeepers Association.

Please direct questions to:
Wendy Trusler
Public Art Coordinator; City of Peterborough






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