Call for Expressions of Interest: RMG Community Arts Playground + Greenspace

View of outdoor/backyard space at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2021.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery:

Call for Expressions of Interest
Community Arts Playground + Greenspace

Applications due: April 15 at 5PM EST

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (the RMG) has a large greenspace for public use and for gallery programming. We are seeking proposals to help us achieve our vision for an accessible community playground and greenspace.

Our goal is to create a significant outdoor space through creative placemaking and placekeeping that will lead to greater community well-being for all.

We are seeking expressions of interest for the following project components:

  • Improve the greenspace through an accessible, artist-designed playground, park, and seating.
  • Addition of a permanent shade structure on the level area adjacent to the gallery building.
  • Adapt the slope or include the installation of a ramp to ensure safe, physical accessibility throughout the space.
  • Improve our front steps to create a gathering space.

The project will also include the creation of an Indigenous medicine and butterfly garden in partnership with our partners and commissioning of public artworks. Consideration for these components must be included in the overall project plan.

The RMG is an asset for Oshawa and Durham residents and this project will develop a creative, community space for all to use and enjoy. We believe this greenspace will encourage people to come downtown and experience a recreational and cultural hub.

For the full details and Call for Expressions of Interest, please visit

Project Schedule

Please note that this is a tight timeline due to the timing of funding notification and deadline for grant spending.

March 15 – Call for Expressions of Interest Circulated
March 23 – Open onsite visit for interested applicants (3 – 5 pm)
March 24 – Virtual Information Session (12 – 1 pm)
April 2 – Open onsite visit for interested applicants (2 – 4 pm)
April 8 – Deadline for questions
April 15 – Deadline for Expressions of Interest at 5pm EST
April 18-29 – Meetings with select applicants
May 6 – Final selection
May – June – Landscape grading and possible shade structure construction
July – August – Fabrication of playground, seating, and any other structures to be installed
September – November – Installation of remaining project elements

There will be no other onsite visits scheduled.

Reinhard Reitzenstein, River Tree/Bench, bronze, 2002. Collection of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Who Can Apply

This project may appeal to a variety of individuals, organizations, or collectives. We welcome expressions of interest from all interested parties. You may apply individually or submit a collaborative team proposal.

As an artist-centered organization, we welcome diverse thinkers and ways of approaching the project. We welcome applications from people with a connection to the RMG, Oshawa, or the Durham Region. We encourage applications from equity deserving individuals, organizations, or collectives.

Selection Process

Following a review of the request for qualifications submissions, we will invite finalists to develop a proposal after an initial consultation meeting with the project team. You will be required to demonstrate project feasibility, including meeting budgetary and durability constraints once installed. Depending on the nature of the selected work, the next stage will include prototyping and materials testing. Confirmation of all aspects of community consultation, project planning, permits, and installation will happen before fabrication begins.

What to Include

Each expression of interest should include the following:

  • Letter of intention describing what interests you about the project, what you know about the RMG and Durham Region, and how your values align with ours (up to 2 pages)
  • CV or narrative description of your background, training, and related work (up to 5 pages)
  • Images of completed works or projects including the title, date, materials, and site (up to 20 images total)

Please submit materials as a single digital PDF or hard copy packet. Deadline for complete submissions is April 15, 2022. Incomplete submissions will be subject to disqualification. The RMG will retain all submission materials.

Submit all applications and questions to

Land Acknowledgement

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is in the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. This land has been the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg since 1700; before that time, it was stewarded by various communities belonging to the Haudenosaunee and Wendat confederacies. It is covered under the Williams Treaties and the Dish with One Spoon Wampum.

This area continues to be home to many Indigenous people from across Mishiike Minisi. We recognize the sovereignty of all Indigenous nations and are grateful for the opportunity to learn, live, and work on this land.

We acknowledge that the RMG is in treaty land, and respect our collective responsibility to protect and nurture the land. We also recognize the continuing impacts of colonialism and our responsibilities to redress the ways this has helped shape our organization. We are committed to working to address structural inequities and to centering Indigenous voices in the gallery.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is an accessible venue. To learn more or request accommodations click here.

For more information or for any questions, please contact Ingrid Forster, Manager of Communications + Digital Engagement at


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario
905 576 3000 | |

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