Call for Expressions of Interest: Public Art in Celebration of Gordon Lightfoot, City of Pickering

Photo of Ernie L. Stroud Park located in the Steeple Hill Community in Pickering where the artwork will be located.

Call to Artists – Expression of Interest (EOI)
Public Art Commission, Celebration of Gordon Lightfoot

Deadline: January 8, 2024, at 4 pm EDT

Artist Opportunity

The City of Pickering invites artists or artist teams to respond to this Call for Artists to create permanent outdoor public artwork in celebration of Gordon Lightfoot. The work is to be installed to be installed inside the Ernie L. Stroud Park located in the Steeple Hill Community in Pickering. Exact location to be determined through consultation between City Staff and community residents.

As per the City of Pickering’s Public Art Policy (CUL 130) an artist is defined as the designer/creator of an artistic work and can include, but is not limited to, a professional artist, graphic designer, collaborative team, architect, or landscape designer.

The total budget for the project, including artist fees, materials, and installation is $60,000 (including HST).

The successful artist/ artist team will be selected through a two-stage process.

One (1) artist/ artist team will be awarded the opportunity.*
*This project and budget is subject to Council approval in 2024.

Site Background

The City of Pickering resides on land within the Treaty and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Williams Treaties signatories of the Mississauga and Chippewa Nations.

Gordon Lightfoot was an icon for Canadian music.

Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. (November 17, 1938 – May 1, 2023) was a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and his songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned musical artists.

The Steeple Hill Community in Pickering was built in the late 1980’s and has streets named after Gordon Lightfoot songs in recognition of his talent.

Project Brief

The City of Pickering’s Cultural Strategic Plan (2014) outlines the City’s commitment to collaborate with the community to celebrate our cultural diversity, heritage, and the arts; to sustain our natural environment; to foster a creative economy; and to strengthen our vibrant neighborhoods.

The artwork will be located inside the Ernie L. Stroud Park located in the Steeple Hill Community in Pickering. The exact location of the work as well as the chosen artist will be selected by the community through consultation. The City, Community Services will facilitate the introduction between the artist/team and the community as well as other project stakeholders. Detailed Terms of Reference will be provided to the shortlisted artist/ artists teams to help them prepare their concept.


$60,000 CAD including HST (maximum)*. This is the total amount available for all related expenses of this public art project including, but not limited to: artist fees, all applicable taxes, detailed renderings, materials, technical consultations, community consultation, and approvals or other expertise as required, fabrication, installation, insurance, equipment, travel to meetings and to the site, and an artist statement for completed work.
*Subject to Council approval.

Selection Process

Stage 1: Call to Artists – Expression of Interest (EOI)

A public art jury comprised of practicing arts professionals and community members will be established for the evaluation of the Stage 1 submissions.

Expression of Interest (EOI) Submissions
Artists/ Artist teams are invited to respond to this EOI by submitting a single pdf document including:

  • CV: Professional resume (3-pages max). If submitting as a team, an individual resume should be submitted for each team member.
  • Artist statement: describe your interest in this project and share your experience in the field. You can submit a written document (1-page max) or record an audio or video message (MP3 or MP4 file, max 20 MB).
  • Portfolio of past work: Examples of relevant work. You may include multiple images per project on 1 page of a maximum to 10 projects (10-pages). Add title, year, scope, budget and a short description.
  • References: A list of at least two professional references familiar with your work and working methods. The list must include name, title, complete e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

Submissions must be sent by email to:
Subject: LastName_EOI:Lightfoot
Deadline: January 8, 2023 at 4 pm EDT

If the submissions exceed 20 MB, artists should contact Stoyan Barakov, Coordinator, Public Art who will provide a link to an external file share program.

Incomplete submissions or submissions received after the deadline will not be juried.

Additional Information

The City will provide accommodations throughout the selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please notify Stoyan Barakov, Coordinator, Public Art at 289.200.7829 or of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

Reserved Rights of the City of Pickering
The City of Pickering, at its sole discretion, may request clarification or request additional information, as deemed necessary to evaluate the submissions. The City retains the sole discretion to determine whether a submission is responsive and if the prospective Artist or Artist Team is capable of performing the Work. The City reserves the right, at it sole discretion, to determine the number of pre-qualified Artists or Artist Teams. The City reserve the right to not proceed with awarding a contract.

Publication of Information
The City of Pickering shall have the exclusive rights to issue all public announcements regarding the competition.

To access the full call, click here.

Stoyan Barakov
Coordinator, Public Art
+1 (289) 200–7829