Call for Expressions of Interest: Public Art Opportunity at 17150 Yonge Street, Newmarket

Call to Artists for Expression of Interest:
Public Art Opportunity, 17150 Yonge Street

Town of Newmarket and The Regional Municipality of York

Submission Deadline: June 21 2024, 12:00pm EDT

Public Art Opportunity

On behalf of The Regional Municipality of York, the Town of Newmarket is commissioning a permanent public artwork. The artwork for this site will be selected through an open, two-stage competition. In the first stage of competition, the Town invites professional artists/artist teams from the Greater Toronto Area to submit their Expression of Interest. The first stage will result in a shortlist of up to five (5) artists/artist teams who will be invited to develop concept proposals for the site.

York Region is a community rich in diversity, with 70 languages and dialects spoken locally. Nearly half of the Region’s residents were born in different corners of the globe, and now call York Region home. The Region strives to foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging for all who live and work in its communities.

A welcoming community contributes to a life well lived: Shortlisted artists will be asked to develop a work that embodies the principles of diversity and inclusion, while being mindful of the proximity to Doane House Hospice, as they develop their artwork concepts. The goals for public art at this site are to embody these principles, create a prominent landmark and distinguish the region as its own distinct place.

Please note: Artists are NOT asked to make a proposal at this time.

Site Location

The final artwork will be located on the property of 17150 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket, at the intersection of Yonge Street and Eagle Street. Shortlisted artists will be asked to consider scale and visibility from vehicles and transit, with the goal of creating a prominent physical landmark along Yonge street, a main thoroughfare across the Region.

The successful public artwork will be located on the parcel of land that appears North of the Doane House Hospice (highlighted above). This area is located North of the laneway to the East of the Regional facility located at 17150 Yonge Street. This high-traffic location is very accessible to the community and highly visible from Yonge Street. It’s also adjacent to a York Region Transit rapidway bus shelter and is easily accessed by pedestrians.


The budget for this project is $445,000 CAD, excl. HST. This budget covers all fees, and expenses, including production and installation costs.

Selection Process

This is a two-stage, open competition for professional artists living and/or working in the Greater Toronto Area. The Town of Newmarket uses the Canada Council definition of professional artist:

  • Has specialized artistic training (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • Is recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • Has a history of public exhibitions
  • Has produced an independent body of work

Artist selection will be facilitated by ART+PUBLIC UnLtd, working with a specially convened jury composed of active members of the arts and culture sector, as well as representatives from The Town of Newmarket and York Region.

Stage One:
From this call, the jury will be reviewing submissions based on the following criteria: Demonstrates understanding of the opportunity; Examples of past work demonstrate artistic excellence, are relevant to the project objectives and evidence ability and readiness to scale work into a public commission.

A short list of up to five (5) artists will be selected. Shortlisted artists will be notified in July 2024.

Please note: Only successful applicants will be notified.

Stage Two:
Shortlisted artists will be invited to develop a proposal based on a Terms of Reference/project brief provided, and will be paid an honorarium of $3,000 (excl. HST) for the development of the proposal. Digital or new media installations cannot be accommodated or maintained. Site visits will be available to shortlisted artists.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to interview and present their proposals to the jury who will select the successful concept for this opportunity (Autumn 2024).

Submission Requirements

Please submit an application as a single PDF to with the subject line: Application – York Region: Public Art Opportunity. Submissions must not exceed 20MB total size.

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

  • Expression of interest statement (max 1 page text)
  • Images of recent relevant work (max 10)
  • Image list including Title, Date, Media, Dimensions
  • CV

Submissions are due by Friday, June 21 2024, at 12:00pm EDT and successful artists will be notified in August, 2024.

Thank you for your interest!

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Accessible formats or communication supports are available upon request.

Land Acknowledgement for York Region

We acknowledge that York Region is located on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Peoples including the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Métis peoples and the treaty territories of the Haudenosaunee, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Williams Treaties First Nations. Today this area is home to many diverse Indigenous Peoples, and we recognize their history, spirituality, culture and stewardship of this land. We also acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our closest First Nation community.