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Call for Proposals
City of Peterborough— 2017 Downtown Mural Project

Figure 1 YES Shelter for Youth and Families, (Photo Credit: W. Trusler)

The City of Peterborough invites artists to submit proposals for the installation of an outdoor mural in Peterborough, Ontario.

This call is open to professional artists working in the following Ontario counties: Peterborough, Northumberland, Durham, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac and Prince Edward Counties.

Deadline: Friday, July 14th, 2017 (Midnight)

Project Background and Intent

The City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program helps to create culturally enriched public spaces that foster a sense of place and an emotional attachment to Peterborough’s urban and natural environment.

This is the second phase of a five-year initiative, conceived in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Association (DBIA), to commission public art murals on private sites in the city’s core. The projects are intended to generate and continue interest and awareness of public art in the downtown.

The Downtown Mural Project will support innovative proposals from both emerging and established artists working in a range of disciplines and media. Artworks may be created directly on the wall or on panels affixed to it (Site Inspection Dependent). The mural will remain on site for a period of up to five years from execution, giving the property owner the option to renew the term thereafter in five-year increments.

Beyond improving the appearance of the chosen location, the artwork should in some manner consider the community in which it will be installed and include engagement with the staff and clients at the 2017 host site — YES Shelter for Youth and Families. More information about the site can be found on the YES shelter’s website and in the videos links provided.


The 2017 downtown mural site is the east-facing brick facade of the YES Shelter for Youth and Families. The wall measures approximately 1271 square feet and is highly visible both to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It is located at 196 Brock Street, adjacent to a municipal parking lot. The expected completion of the artwork is autumn 2017.

Figure 2 Longview of YES Shelter for Youth and Families, (Photo Credit: W. Trusler)


Total project budget: $19,500


This call is open to professional artists working in the following Ontario counties: Peterborough, Northumberland, Durham, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac and Prince Edward Counties.

Submissions Guidelines

All submissions must be submitted online through

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, including a detailed schematic Drawing/Design for the location)
  5. Description of Methodology (1-page max)
  6. Materials and Technical Requirements (1-page max)
  7. Project Budget
  8. Project Plan and Timeline (1-page max)
  9. Maintenance Requirements (1-page max)

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

A 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 selection committee may only view up to five minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the selection committee view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Additional information to assist with the application process can be found in the Considerations for Public Art Proposals document located on the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program site.

Applications that do not adhere to these criteria or are incomplete will be disqualified.
All applicants will be notified with the selection committee’s decision by late July.

Selection Process & Criteria

A selection committee composed of five (5) voting members will vet all submissions. The selection committee will include a representative from the YES Shelter for Youth and Families and 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 selection committee 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 location. 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.

Experience with outdoor murals and a history of public art projects will be considered an asset. Preference will be given to projects that are appropriate for participation from clients of the YES Shelter for Youth and Families, and to artists with a demonstrated experience and willingness to work with participants of all ages and abilities.

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

Project Timeline

Submissions Deadline: July 14th, 2017, Midnight
Artist Notification: July 2017
Installation: August/ September
Project Completion and Public Launch: September 2017

About this Opportunity

This call for proposals is being administered by the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program.
Please direct questions to:
Wendy Trusler
Public Art Coordinator; City of Peterborough
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