Call for Expressions of Interest: 3 Public Art Opportunities at Mulock Park, Newmarket

Images and renderings of Mulock Property courtesy PLANT Architect Inc.

Call to Artists for Expression of Interest:
3 Unique Public Art Opportunities at Mulock Park

Artists are invited to submit an expression of interest for 1 of 3 distinct public art opportunities as part of the Mulock Park Public Art Program in the Town of Newmarket.

Public art at Mulock Park celebrates the landscape through the lens of innovation to highlight stories across the past, present and future that expand our understanding of nature and relationship to the land. Most recently, Mulock has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to bring artworks and exhibitions from the AGO’s Indigenous and Canadian collections to the historic Mulock House. This is a special opportunity to be included in the wider public art program that details a dozen commissions in total. For more specific information about Art Opportunities Across the Site see pages 24 – 31, within the Public Art Plan.

Please see below descriptions of the 3 public art opportunities.

#1 BEACON
One artist/artist team to create a permanent installation for a primary entrance to the park.

This call is a two stage competition for one (1) artist/artist team to develop a permanent sculpture at the corner of Yonge Street and Mulock Drive.

This artwork acts as a ‘beacon’ for one of the primary entrances into the park. The hope is to create a sense of arrival and extend the feeling of the park out into the public realm and streetscape. The work will set the tone for the unique destination experience that celebrates the landscape.

Art Stops: Beacon permanent sculpture budget: $330,000 CAD, excl. HST
Budgets cover all fees and expenses associated with artwork production and installation.

#2 FORESTS
A series of 3 works, by the same artist/artist team, across the site that consider the environment and build cycles of growth and decay into their materiality and installation method.

This call is a two stage competition for one (1) artist/artist team to develop a series of three artworks at three sites comprising the Art Stops: Forests opportunity within Mulock Park. These sites are identified as The North Entry, Walnut Grove, and The Woods (as seen in the Site Plan above).

The Art Stops: Forests locations are sites where the landscape dominates human presence – where the trees frame the scale of experience and interaction at the site. These works will act as markers and support wayfinding as part of the visitors’ experience. The three works can be considered as a series – all having a narrative connection to one another and framing an experience of the connected spaces. These works will be conceived to evolve with the landscape over time. In dialogue with the immediate environment, art concepts for this program component will take into consideration the works having a lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Concepts will build change, cycles of growth and decay into their materiality and installation method.

Art Stops: Forests total budget is $90,000 CAD, excl. HST for all three sites.
Budgets cover all fees and expenses associated with artwork production and installation.

#3 NATURAL PLAYSCAPE
One artist/artist team to work with a selection of logs to create an integrated work as part of a childrens’ Natural Playscape structure.

This call is for one (1) artist/artist team to develop an art concept that actively engages children and is integrated within the Natural Playscape. The selected artist will be working collaboratively with PLANT Architect Inc. to develop a site specific artwork concept.

The Natural Playscape is located within one of the Gardens sites. These are sites where human presence is expressed through landscape, where humans frame the scale of experience and interaction. In keeping with the desire to foreground landscape and the dynamism of the natural world, this commission will see an artist working with a selection of logs that will form part of the natural playscape (note, this is not the design of the playscape itself or play equipment). This commission will invite curiosity and tactility. It is anticipated the works here will be in place for a period of about 15 years.

Natural Playscape total budget: $20,000 CAD, excl. HST.
This budget is intended to cover all fees and production costs associated with implementation of the art concept excluding the base costs of the logs themselves and their footings if applicable.

Image of Mulock House courtesy of the Town of Newmarket.

Artists are NOT asked to make a proposal at this time.

Interested artists are encouraged to review the Mulock Park Public Art Plan for context. Artwork selection will be managed by ART+PUBLIC UnLtd with a jury of independent art experts, representatives from the project team, and local stakeholders. From this call, a short list of up to 5 artists will be selected for each opportunity. For Beacon and Forests, shortlisted artists will be provided a Terms of Reference document and paid a design fee to create a concept proposal. For Natural Playscape, shortlisted artists will be invited to present their work and interview with the project team. The artwork concept will be selected by the end of 2022 and the chosen concept will be implemented in tandem with landscape construction, through 2023-2024.

These Calls are open to all professional artists. We encourage artists that are Indigenous, Black, people of colour, women, 2SLGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and members of other marginalized communities to apply.

Submissions Requirements:
Please submit an application for one opportunity as a single PDF to submissions@artpluspublic.com with the subject line: Application – Mulock Park and the name of the opportunity for which you are applying: Beacon, Forests or Natural Playscape. Artists are only permitted to submit an application for one opportunity. Submissions must not exceed 20 MB total size.

Interested artists are asked to submit the following together as one file:

  • Expression of interest statement (max 1 page text)
  • Images of recent relevant work (max 8)
  • Image list
  • CV

Submissions are due by Thursday October 6, 2022 and shortlisted artists will be notified by November 2022.