Call for Expressions of Interest: Indigenous Ground Mural for Walmer Road Legacy Space

Walmer Legacy Space in front of the Walmer Road Baptist Church

Call for Expressions of Interest: Indigenous Artist for Ground Mural

Walmer Road Legacy Space, Toronto
Submission Deadline: May 2, 2024

The Walmer Legacy Space is a dedicated space where conversations about Indigenous truth and reconciliation are encouraged and supported. It was created by TAS, in partnership with the Walmer Road Baptist Church and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF). It temporarily exists in front of the church and will also be incorporated into the future 38 Walmer Road development in the Annex. The Legacy Space currently includes a mural on the doors of the church from Métis artist Dani Kastelein and an Urban Crate Farm, run by The Bowery that includes many Indigenous plants and medicinal herbs.

TAS is in the process of expanding the Legacy Space. We are adding some temporary seating with the goal of establishing a more comfortable and inclusive setting for people who visit the space.

Rendering of Legacy Space Expansion

As part of the expansion of the Legacy Space, TAS is looking for an Indigenous artist to design and execute a ground mural. We see the mural as an opportunity to bring dynamism to the space by ebbing and flowing along the ground in between the seating elements. We hope that the artist and artwork can incorporate the existing themes depicted in the wall art, such as imagery representing reciprocity, reverence for the elements of the earth, and a sense of community. There is also an opportunity to extend the mural onto some of the planters and seating.

We would like to see community volunteers get involved in the ground mural. This would garner a sense of belonging and community pride and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

The selected artist will be responsible for:

  • Designing and executing the mural
  • Sourcing and purchasing materials
  • Working with TAS to facilitate community engagement, such as providing opportunities for community members to paint parts of the mural/planters
  • Participation in the community launch event on Saturday, June 22, 2024 (TBD)

Legacy Space Expansion Plan

This Call is open to all Indigenous artists and artist teams residing in what is currently called Ontario. Local and regional Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for quotes or budget estimates as part of the expression of interest. We understand that there may be questions or specifications that need to be determined before a final budget can be determined. The project budget will need to include all costs directly associated with the artwork: including fees for design, fabrication, shipping, installation, engineering and professional services, insurance, permits, travel and other incidental and production expenses. Note: the ground mural area is between 180 to 220 square feet.

Please send the following information:

  • Your name, address, email and phone number
  • A short bio that tells us about you and your practice
  • Portfolio: examples of your past relevant work, a sketch and/or precedent images you would use for inspiration
  • A brief description of your interest and vision for the project
  • Budget range / quote (understanding there are still some unknowns)

TAS will review all submissions and contact a shortlist of artists whose information best matches our needs for a phone call. Decisions will be made after the initial round of phone calls.

To submit your application or if you have questions, please contact Ariana Holt,

491 Eglinton Ave W #503
Toronto, ON M5N 1A8
+1 416-510-8181

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