Call for Expressions of Interest: The Rooster of Barcelos Project 2021


Call for Artists: The Rooster of Barcelos Project 2021

Applications now open. The City of Toronto is seeking submissions for The Rooster of Barcelos Project in conjunction with the Little Portugal on Dundas BIA, StreetARToronto; the Office of Deputy Mayor, Ana Bailao and The Consulate General of Portugal in Toronto. The application is open to individual Artists, Artist Collectives, and not-for-profit or charitable organizations operating in the city of Toronto.

The Rooster of Barcelos Project will be located in Little Portugal At Dundas West & Lakeview Ave (1212 Dundas St. W, at the Lakeview Ave. Parkette). A rooster statue has been gifted by the Municipality of Barcelos, Portugal to the City of Toronto to be designed, painted and displayed in Little Portugal, Toronto. This concrete statue (2.8 m. X 1.9 m.) is a blank canvas to be re-imagined by an Artist according to one or both of the guiding themes outlined below.

The Barcelos Rooster, commonly called the Portuguese Rooster, is said to be the embodiment of the Portuguese love of life. It is an unofficial symbol of Portugal found throughout Portugal in town squares, art work and souvenir trinkets. The Rooster stands for pride, hope, a new day, fertility, resurrection and as well as other cultural meanings. In this call, the meaning and symbology of the rooster will be explored in two main ideas or guiding themes:

1. The universal meaning of the rooster as a symbol of the sun.
2. The historical legend of the “Galo de Barcelos” or the Barcelos Rooster.
Submissions can respond to one or both themes.

This Artist Call is Stage 1 of a Two-Stage selection process.

How to apply:
Interested applicants must submit their expressions of interest by February 14, 2021, 11:59pm (eastern)


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Key Program Dates:
Submission Deadline: February 14, 2021
Stage 1. Short-listed Artist Selected: March 5, 2021
Stage 2. Final Design Selected: April 5, 2021
Public Artwork Production/ Installation Period: June 2021 – September 2021

How will submissions be assessed?
Review committee members have been selected on the basis of their familiarity with a broad spectrum of public art practices, specialized expertise, fair-mindedness, and regional representation. The committee will assess submissions based on: clarity of project concept; alignment with theme and merit of applicant’s arts practice.

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