Call for Black Artists: Site-Specific Sculpture Installation at Toronto Sculpture Garden

Afrophilia, by Frantz Brent-Harris (current installation).

Call for Submissions for Emerging Black Artists

BAND invites Black artists or artist teams to apply for the opportunity to design, fabricate and install a temporary, site-specific outdoor sculpture work at the Toronto Sculpture Garden (Toronto, ON).

Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND) is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists and cultural workers in Canada and internationally.

Since opening in 1981, the Toronto Sculpture Garden (TSG) commissioned temporary artworks by over 80 artists, in a small City of Toronto park opposite St. James Cathedral on King Street The TSG provided artists with the opportunity to work experimentally in public space, explore issues of scale and materials, and engage with the local community as well as visitors to the neighbourhood.

Please note:

  • Proposals should not exceed $35,000.
  • The installation must be completed by December 2023.
  • The artwork is required to be safe for the public.

Deadline: Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 by 5 pm.

Please send the following items to in a single file in PDF format with the subject line: TSG Proposal – FULL NAME

Toronto Sculpture Garden site plan.

Submission Contents

  • Artist CV(s) (for each team member, if applicable)
  • Artist Statement – max. 400 words
    ◦  brief artist statement explaining the proposed project, showing relevant experience, and general artistic approach and an expression of interest
  • Project Outline – max.1000 words
    ◦  Budget
    ◦  Schedule
    ◦  Project Team
    ◦  Maintenance Notes
  • References: Provide names and contact information for a professional reference. Letters not required.
  • 5-10 Images of past work.
    ◦  Image list: list title, year, medium, dimensions and short descriptions if necessary for each of your images
  • Contact information: Provide your name(s), phone number, email address and website address (indicate a primary contact if applicable)

Send questions to Natalie Asumeng at

Connect with BAND
Like: BAND on Facebook
Follow: BAND on Instagram & Twitter @blackartndialog