Call for Proposals for Outdoor Artworks: Call and Response

Jazon Zante, Unwritten, Plaza Bridge, 2023-2024. Photo courtesy of Canadian Heritage.

Call for Proposals for Outdoor Artworks
Call and Response

Canadian Heritage

The Art in the Capital Program, managed by Canadian Heritage, aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region. Canadian Heritage is seeking dynamic, impactful images that convey the theme “Call and Response.”

This Call for Proposals is open to Canadian visual artists, photographers, graphic designers, and illustrators between the ages of 18 and 39. This competition is intended to provide opportunities to young artists, including students, emerging artists and those entering mid-career.

A term best known for its use in music, “Call and Response” refers to two phrases that reply to each other, as in spoken conversation. This theme asks artists to consider the conversation between artist and location, and viewer to artwork. At first glance, one may view the steps as individual or isolated artworks; however, “Call and Response” asks both the artist and viewer to consider the ongoing dialogue that is created when interacting with art, and the sense of community that is created from this conversation. All genres will be considered – figurative, abstract, collage, photography, trompe l’oeil, pattern, etc.

Four artworks will be chosen by a selection committee to be reproduced on exterior-quality graphic film and installed on stairs at four prominent locations in downtown Ottawa for a one-year period starting in spring 2024. Artists may submit a maximum of two proposals in total, either both for the same location, or for two different locations.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, April 19, 2024, 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

The winning artist for each staircase will receive a fee of $5,000 for the exhibition of their artwork.

The competition documents can be accessed here.

If you have any questions about this competition, please email with the subject line “Stairs 2024.”

Appel de propositions – Image dynamique et percutante

Date butoir pour l’envoi de soumission : 19 avril 2024 – 16 h (HAE)

Œuvres d’art extérieures – Art public – Patrimoine canadien

Les documents du concours sont accessibles ici.

Si vous avez des questions sur ce concours veuillez envoyer un courrier électronique à en indiquant comme sujet « Escaliers 2024 ».