Call for Expressions of Interest: Public Art for Downtown Oshawa Urban Square

City of Oshawa
Call to Artists: Downtown Oshawa Urban Square Public Art

Submission Deadline: March 4, 2024 at 11:30pm
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The City of Oshawa is excited to launch an open call for Expressions of Interest for a public sculpture to be installed in the forthcoming Downtown Oshawa Urban Square. The Urban Square will be located in the heart of downtown Oshawa and is expected to be completed by July 2025.

This artwork is being commissioned in honour of Oshawa’s centennial anniversary in 2024, which marks 100 years since the City of Oshawa was incorporated. To celebrate this milestone, the City of Oshawa will be offering a wide range of festivals, events, and activities in 2024.

This two-stage competition is open to all Canadian artists.

The total budget for the project, including artist fees, materials, fabrication, shipping and installation is $145,000.00 (plus HST).

Site and Community Context

The City of Oshawa is situated on lands and waters within the Williams Treaties Territory, home to seven First Nation communities of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Anishinaabeg, who have cared for and maintained these lands from time immemorial and continue to do so to present day. Learn more.

Downtown Oshawa is a vibrant and varied district that brings together history and contemporary culture; unique boutiques and locally-owned shops, dining spots, theaters, performance spaces, museums and social services can all be found amidst interesting architecture and lively parks and paths.

Downtown Oshawa is also home to people of all ages, including students attending local institutions such Durham College, Ontario Tech University and Trent University Durham GTA. Downtown Oshawa is a place where people meet, learn, and celebrate – especially with the many festivals and events that take place, including the Peony Festival, Kars on King, Bright and Merry Market and others.


This call is open to Canadian artists. As per the City of Oshawa’s Public Art Policy, an artist is the designer/creator of an artwork, and includes, but is not limited to professional artists, graphic designers, collaborative teams, architects and landscape professionals. The artist is recognized by their peers and has specialized training in their artistic field. They are active and committed to their practice and have shown work in a professional capacity.

Selection Process

This is a two-stage competition.

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest

The Public Art Task Force will review all submissions and identify a shortlist of artists who will proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Conceptual Design Proposals

Shortlisted artists will be invited to submit a conceptual design proposal. A detailed Terms of Reference will be provided to help shortlisted artists prepare their proposals.

Short-listed artists will be paid a fee of $1,500.00 (plus HST), for their submission of a complete conceptual design proposal and presentation of their proposals to jury members and community members at a public event. The City will cover travel expenses related to the public event up to a maximum of $1,000.00 per artist/artist team.

A Public Art Jury comprised of arts professionals, community members and/or members of the project team will be established for this stage of the competition.

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How to Apply

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Equity Statement

The City of Oshawa is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive community that celebrates the diverse lived-experiences of our residents. We encourage submissions from artists from equity-deserving groups that have been historically underrepresented in the arts, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), 2SLGBTQIA+ identifying individuals, people who are Deaf, and persons with disabilities, and strive to eliminate barriers to the meaningful inclusion of members of these communities.

Application Questions

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