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Call to Artists - Elgin Street Renewal
Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Artist in Residence


The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit qualifications for an Artist in Residence opportunity to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork for Elgin Street as outlined in the Call to Artists. This three-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy.

Deadline: Monday April 23, 2018, 4:00 p.m. EST
Budget: $150,000 CND plus HST
Information: Melissa Black, Public Art Officer, 613-244-4261

City Council approved the Functional Design for Elgin Street (Gloucester Street to Queen Elizabeth Driveway) and Waverley Street (Elgin Street to Jack Purcell Lane). The watermains and deep sewers under these streets are among the oldest in the city, dating back to the late 1800s. The need to replace this aging infrastructure created a unique opportunity to assess the road surfaces and redesign them to meet the City of Ottawa’s Traditional Mainstreet designation in the Official Plan, Complete Streets policy and Accessibility Design Standards.

Artist in Residence

The Elgin Street Artist in Residence opportunity seeks innovative and compelling projects from artist(s) who are interested in creative collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue as an artistic practice. The residency provides an opportunity for an artist to develop innovative strategies for public art involving diverse members of the local community and businesses in joint creative practices, broadening the community’s experience and connection to the arts.

The selected artist(s) will establish a series of opportunities for community interaction and collaboration with the Elgin Street community to take place during a 5 month residency period from August to December 2018. A creative, inclusive, community-engaged residency will bring together various sectors of the Elgin Street community into a collaborative dialogue on public art through exploring the challenges and opportunities of the site(s). The residency will result in the creation of permanent public art installed along Elgin Street. Temporary public art installations in addition to permanent public art are also encouraged.


This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to professional artists and artist teams with experience in community-engaged art and in creating permanent public art. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. The City of Ottawa is committed to supporting cultural activities that respond to the Calls to Action put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

The complete Call to artists is available on






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