Call for Expressions of Interest: Mulock Park, Town of Newmarket

Bridge entry and engineered wetland. Rendering courtesy of PLANT Architect Inc.

Call to Artists for Expression of Interest
MULOCK PARK, Town of Newmarket:

Artists are invited to submit expressions of interest for inclusion in Phase 1 of the Mulock Park Public Art Program in the Town of Newmarket. This call is for three (3) artists to develop artwork concepts to be embedded within architectural elements of the Park. Selected artists will be working collaboratively with the Architecture and Landscape Architecture team at PLANT Architect Inc. to develop site specific artwork concepts and their method of application to three (3) key landscape elements.

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. More about this public art program can be found in the full Call to Artists.

Three Embedded Permanent Artworks are being commissioned through this process. Three (3) artists will be selected to work collaboratively with the landscape architecture team to develop concepts for application to the following architectural features of the park:

  • Entrance Bridge (Balustrade/Guard Rail)
  • Wet Plaza Interactive Water Feature (Drain Covers)
  • Maintenance Building (Gates)

Budgets range from $20,000 (Wet Plaza), $30,000 (Maintenance Building) to $100,000 (Entrance Bridge). These budgets are intended to cover all fees and production costs associated with implementation of each art concept. However, base budget requirements for the infrastructure to which the art concept will be applied are additional to these amounts. Budgets are in Canadian dollars and exclude HST.

Please contact ART+PUBLIC UnLtd, for the full Call to Artists document for more information about this program and the opportunities, including context information, budgets, dimensions, etc.

This Call is 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.

Artists are NOT asked to make a proposal at this time for initial artist selection.

Artist selection will be curated by ART+PUBLIC UnLtd in consultation with a jury of independent art experts and representatives from the project team. From this call, a short list of artists will be invited to interview with the project team, where they will be asked to speak about their past work, practice, approach to collaboration and the opportunity at hand. Selected artists will be contracted and tasked with developing concepts that respond to project briefs, working in a highly collaborative process with the PLANT Architect Inc. team and ART+PUBLIC UnLtd. Concept design and all construction documents will be developed in 2022, the artwork will be implemented in tandem with landscape construction, through 2023-2025.

Submissions Requirements:
Interested artists are encouraged to read the full Call to Artists, which can be obtained at ART+PUBLIC UnLtd.

Please send submissions as one PDF to michelle.cieloszczyk@artpluspublic.com and include the subject line: Application – Mulock Park Phase 1. Submissions must not exceed 20 MB total size.

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

  • CV
  • Images of recent relevant work (max 8)
  • Artist statement of proposed approach (max 1 page text). Please identify opportunity of interest: Entrance Bridge; Wet Plaza; Maintenance Building. If interested in multiple sites, please rank preference.
  • References

Submissions are due by May 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST and successful artists will be notified by the end of May 2022.

Mulock Park
On June 8, 2021 the Town of Newmarket Council unanimously approved the development of the Mulock Property into a public park, designed and implemented by PLANT Architect Inc., transforming the former estate – the house and gardens of Sir William Mulock – into a new four-season park with an enhanced wetland and riverine water feature, woodland skate trail and pavilion, conservatory and diversity gardens, artist-in-residence studio, and other features. More than 3,000 area residents took part in consultations, and the Town selected a plan that presented a hybridized, nature-focused scheme preserving the iconic woods, gardens and lawns of the property. The plan creates a range of possible new community uses, and focuses on ecological regeneration and the use of the site for many types of cultural activities, as well as passive recreational activities.