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Call for Proposals
2017 Aylmer Street Mural Project


In conjunction with the City of Peterborough, Artspace is seeking proposals for the installation of a large-scale mural in Peterborough, Ontario.

Deadline: Friday, July 14th @ 5pm

This is an open call to all artists working or residing in Canada to create an outdoor contemporary mural to be installed on the south facing wall (approximate dimensions 65 x 15 feet) of 378 Aylmer Street in downtown Peterborough, Ontario.

The Aylmer Street Mural Project will support innovative proposals from both emerging and established artists working in a range of disciplines and medias. 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.

Our previous mural installations have been great successes, and this project is part of the ongoing Public Art Initiative led by the City of Peterborough. 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. The projects are intended to generate and continue interest and awareness of public art in downtown Peterborough.

The expected completion of the Mural Project is early October 2017.

The artist(s) whose work is selected for installation will be expected to make at least one site visit (travel and accommodations provided) prior to the installation of the work in September of 2017.


Artist Fees - $7,000
Travel - $1,000
Materials - $4,100


Submissions Deadline: July 14th, 2017 @ 5pm
Artist Notification: July 2017
Installation: September 2017
Project Completion and Public Launch: October 2017


Artspace does not accept mailed or emailed submissions. All submissions should be made online through:

You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Proposal/Project Description (1 page max)
  2. Mock Up of Design
  3. Technical Requirements
  4. Artist Bio (250 words max)
  5. Current CV (3 pages max)
  6. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)

Applicants who do not adhere to these criteria will be disregarded.

Visual support material should include images of previous work. Artists should clearly illustrate their intentions in the Project Description. Please include a mock-up of the proposed project.

Please select visual support material mindfully, as jury members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labeled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your 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 jury may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.


In addition to artistic merit, experience and viability, proposals will be judged in relation to the City of Peterborough’s Municipal Cultural Plan and Public Art Initiative. For more information please see:

Municipal Cultural Plan
Public Art Initiative

A jury chaired by Artspace’s Director + Curator Jon Lockyer and composed of two working artists or curators from the region, two member of the City of Peterborough Public Art Advisory Committee, and one member of the Peterborough community at large, will vet all submissions to the Mural Project.

All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by end of July 2017.

The Aylmer Street Mural Project is funded by the City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program. Artspace has been contracted by the City’s Arts Culture & Heritage Division to coordinate this initiative. The City’s Public Art Committee, chaired by Bruce Stonehouse, of the City’s Arts Culture & Heritage Advisory Committee, has endorsed this project.


Artspace is a non-profit artist-run centre that assists artists with the presentation of new work. We change in response to the needs of artists and work to engage and inform the public about their work.

Formally, our mandate aims to foster a stronger appreciation for Canadian contemporary art. In our ongoing efforts to increase public awareness, we also aim to build on our reputation as one of our region’s most vital arts organizations.

Our programming, though national in scope, is regional in spirit. In connecting artists to the community and fostering public engagement, we continue to attract respected talent from across the country. We are proud to compensate with fees that exceed recommended CARFAC rates.


  • To advocate for the rights of artists; specifically, we recognize the institutional barriers faced by specific groups of artists and aim to create space for Indigenous, regional, and emerging artists working in all disciplines and medias
  • To take a leadership role in the interface between artists and community, and foster dialogue between contemporary artists from diverse cultural/political perspectives
  • To foster dynamic audience engagement that appeals to a wide range of community members on a local, provincial, and national platform
  • To serve as an educator, resource centre and creator of professional development opportunities for artists in the region

Artspace is built on the strength of its membership, supported by private sector partners, and funded at all levels of government; the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Arts Foundation, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and the City of Peterborough.


If you have any questions please contact:

Bec Groves
Associate Director – Programming and Development









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