Call for Expressions of Interest: Public Mural Artwork at Norwood Theatre, Bracebridge

Request for Expressions of Interest for Public Art:
Downtown Mural(s) at Norwood Theatre

ARTISTS’ OPPORTUNITY
The Town of Bracebridge and the Bracebridge Business Improvement Area (BIA) are inviting professional artists or an artist team (hereinafter referred to as “artist(s)” to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the creation of outdoor mural(s) to be installed at the Norwood Theatre.

The mural(s) should reflect the spirit of this community with vibrant colours, bold exciting figures, patterns and/or shapes to depict cultural fabric, local natural features, and/or lively performances within the local space.

Artist(s) are requested to submit a proposal that includes one (1), two (2), or three (3) mural panels and indicate the proposed installation location at the Norwood Theatre (A, B, C, D, and/or E as shown in Figure 1 of EOI).

Artist(s) must indicate the cost per mural panel within the proposal, as this will enable the Town and the BIA to consider costs and determine how many panels (1-3) can be commissioned within the available budget.

Please review the Request for Expressions of Interest for Public Art: Downtown Mural(s) at Norwood Theatre document for detailed proposal requirements.

COMMUNITY CONTEXT
The Town of Bracebridge is a vibrant community nestled in the ‘Heart of Muskoka’, connected by mesmerizing waterfalls and historic streets in the Downtown BIA. Located about two hours north of Toronto, Bracebridge is home to approximately 17,300 permanent residents and an additional 7,700 residents during the summer cottage season.

There is a spirit that thrives in the small town, from arts and culture to endless outdoor adventures, incredible shopping and unique culinary experiences, and the friendliest of people.

MURAL LOCATION
The Norwood Theatre, located at 106 Manitoba Street, is a compelling entrance to Bracebridge’s vibrant downtown that is home to festivals and events enjoyed by locals and visitors, the Bracebridge Farmers’ Market, Memorial Park Winter Village, and many unique businesses.

With approval from the private building owner, the mural(s) will be affixed to the wall on the North-facing side of the Norwood Theatre in Downtown Bracebridge. The North-facing wall has sufficient space to accommodate one or multiple mural panels to enhance visual impact.

ELIGIBILITY
We encourage local artists from the Muskoka area with experience creating outdoor murals to submit a proposal, however, this opportunity is open to all professional artists.

BUDGET

The budget for this public art project is $15,000.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
All EOI submissions must include the following information as outlined below:

  • EOI Submission Form
  • Artist(s)’ statement
  • Materials/Maintenance
  • Creation Process
  • Quantity
  • Placement
  • Dimensions
  • Timeline
  • Breakdown of Costs
  • Artist(s)’ CV/resume
  • Support materials/Documentation list
  • References

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
Artist(s) are invited to submit their EOI proposal by email to jclancy@bracebridge.ca on or before Friday, August 12, 2022, at 4:30pm, with the subject: Public Art EOI – Downtown Murals at Norwood Theatre.

Submissions received after the closing time and date will not be accepted.

All EOI proposals must be submitted electronically in a single combined PDF format, not to exceed 10MB in size.

Please review all components of the Request for Expressions of Interest for Public Art: Downtown Mural(s) at Norwood Theatre to ensure that your proposal includes all of the submission requirements as per the “EOI Submission Checklist” in Appendix “B”. Failure to make a full submission will result in the EOI proposal being considered incomplete and rejected as informal.

CONTACT
Jennifer Clancy, Manager of Economic Development, Town of Bracebridge, jclancy@bracebridge.ca, 705-645-5264 ext. 3510.