Call for Expressions of Interest: StreetARToronto Humber-Mimico Bridge Cycle Track Project

Ashlee Peniston. Photo: Gage Fletcher @gage.fletcher

Call for Expressions of Interest
Concrete Barriers: Humber-Mimico Bridge Cycle Track

Deadline: April 22, 2024, by midnight

For the safety of the crew and all of the artists we will be painting in the City of Toronto Transit Yard located at 300 Transit Road in North York.

Learn more about the Art Call and Apply Here

StreetARToronto Cycle Track Art Project celebrates diversity, inclusion, and the health and wellness benefits of active transportation and a vibrant public realm!

StreetARToronto (StART) comprises a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more inviting and safe, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business owners and operators, artists, and arts organizations. Individually and collectively StART murals are designed to celebrate the City of Toronto motto “Diversity Our Strength” and foster a greater sense of belonging among all belonging and affinity among and between all.

Theme

Humber-Mimico Bridge Cycle Track Project will not have a specific theme. We will provide more context and an overview of the history of the lands as well as offer a walking tour of the area to artists upon acceptance of their Expression of Interest, ahead of the design submission stage to help inform their designs.

There is a total length of 535m of jersey-style barrier to be painted which will be divided in various section lengths and placed over both the Humber River and Mimico Creek Bridges along Bloor Street West. Upon acceptance to the program, selected artists will be notified of the length of barrier(s) they will be painting, and provided a design template for their design submission. There will be no digital art vinyl wrap section on this project.

For the safety of the crew and all of the artists we will be painting in the City of Toronto Transit Yard located at 300 Transit Road in North York.

Artwork by Gerda Boateng. Photo: Gage Fletcher

Colour Palette

This year, the colour palette for the Humber-Mimico Bridge Cycle Track Project will be open. More design details and information will be shared with artists upon acceptance of their initial Expression of Interest in the project.

Project Information

This project requires extensive planning and collaboration with many units and Divisions within the City of Toronto. For the safety of the crew and all of the artists we will be painting in the City of Toronto Transit Yard located at 300 Transit Road in North York. Artists will be expected to provide their own means of transportation to the Transit Yard. Details for accepted artists will be sent out by the end of April.

Street painting will take place at 300 Transit Road during July and August – exact dates to be confirmed.

Please do not apply to this project if you are unavailable during this timeframe.

Your painting schedule will depend on your availability.

Our project Prep Crew will be priming the concrete barriers prior to the artist’s arrival. Your concrete barrier(s) will be labelled beforehand and you will be directed to your barrier upon your arrival to the site.

*Please note: Expression of Interests are due by midnight, April 22, 2024. Applications will be closed at that time.

**All in-person mural projects are subject to Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols. Up-to-date COVID-19 information will be provided to you ahead of on-site painting.

Learn more about the Art Call and Apply Here

Artist Fees

This project requires extensive planning and collaboration with many units and Divisions within the City of Toronto.

The fee structure for this year’s project has changed to better reflect cross-program equity. StART programs are rooted in values of reconciliation, decolonization, diversity, equity, inclusion, representation, mentorship and active transportation, and help create a greater sense of belonging and affinity among all. There is a deep connection in this area to the Indigenous history of the lands; StART and project curators of this project strongly encourage Indigenous, Black and other Peoples of Colour, both emerging and established artists to apply to this year’s project.

Ren Lonechild. Photo: Gage Fletcher

What to Expect

The Concrete Barrier Program is a great entry-level StART program for artists who may be new to mural-making. Street artists, photographic, digital and graphic artists are also welcome to apply. Experience in and/or an openness to community-engaged visual arts practice is preferred.

Check out these great videos to learn more about how to paint a concrete barrier:

  1. Shoreham Cycle Track Transit Yard project video
  2. Health and Safety Cycle Track tailgate meeting video
  3. Shoreham Cycle Track Project Info Video by StreetARToronto and Natalie Very B.

Background and Objectives

This art call is being managed by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the Neighbourhood Projects Section of the City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division.

StART is a suite of programs, specifically designed for streets and public spaces, to encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more inclusive and safe, showcase local artists, and mentor emerging talent.

StART art and artists reflect the City of Toronto motto: “Diversity Our Strength” and foster a greater sense of belonging and affinity among all.

Any questions relating to the application process can be sent to:
cycletrackmurals@gmail.com CC: streetart@toronto.ca


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