Call for Expressions of Interest: Public Art for Glen Abbey Branch, Oakville Public Library

Kid’s Zone, Glen Abbey Branch

Public Art Opportunity
Glen Abbey Branch
Oakville Public Library

Request for Expressions of Interest

Deadline: Sunday June 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Budget: $50, 000 CAD (maximum)

The Oakville Public Library (OPL) invites artists to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to create a permanent indoor public artwork for the children’s area and outdoor patio area of the Glen Abbey Branch. This competition is open to professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams.

An artwork proposal is not required at this time. This is a two-stage process.

During stage one of the competition, applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. Refer to submission details in the EOI document. In stage two shortlisted artists will be required to submit an artwork concept proposal and model. Short listed artists will be paid an artist fee of $1500 to develop their proposals. The selected artist will then enter a contract with the Oakville Public Library for the artwork creation and installation phase of the project. The successful artist will have a maximum budget of $50,000 to create the artwork.

The public art concept will be selected by a specially-convened independent committee made up of visual arts professionals, community representatives and library staff. The project will be awarded in summer 2022, installed during the summer of 2023 and unveiled in September 2023.

Patio area, Glen Abbey Branch

Located within the Glen Abbey Community Centre in northwest Oakville, the Glen Abbey Branch is OPL’s busiest location. As a community and cultural hub in north Oakville, the branch is well used by families with young children, students, older adults and seniors, and newcomers.

In 2020, the Glen Abbey Branch introduced two unique spaces: the Creation Zone which is an area dedicated to creativity, innovation, and life learning skills through hands-on experiences and the Kid’s Zone, a bright and spacious area that welcomes children and families for fun and engaging drop-in programs. The new outdoor space expands the Glen Abbey Branch with a 1,900 square foot functional patio. Adjacent to the Kid’s Zone, it is a welcoming and accessible public gathering space for structured library programs as well as leisurely activities.

Download the EOI document

Oakville Public Library (OPL) values diversity and social inclusion. OPL strives to recognize and address systemic oppression in order to create an environment that is welcoming and respectful to all, regardless of age, ancestry, citizenship, creed, race, ethnic origin, place of origin, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity/gender expression, or sexual orientation. OPL embraces such differences and endeavours to reflect diversity among its staff and volunteers and throughout all collections, programs, communications, staffing practices, training, and services.

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