Call for Proposals for Outdoor Artworks: (ex)CHANGE

Images (left to right): York Street Steps, Heat Wave by Jerome Bertrand; Plaza Bridge Steps, Unity by Yasaman Mehrsa; Confederation Park Steps, Seeing the Forest for the Trees by C.M. Duffy

Call for Proposals for Outdoor Artworks

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 a dynamic, impactful image that conveys the theme “(ex)CHANGE.” This broad theme invites artists to consider the constant state of flux that we all live in—on both a micro and macro level, personally and collectively, as change shapes us and as we shape change—and how we can learn and grow when we share these experiences.

Three artwork proposals will be chosen by a selection committee to be reproduced on exterior-quality graphic film and installed on stairs at three prominent locations in downtown Ottawa for a one-year period starting in spring 2022.

The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

This Call for Proposals is open to all Canadian visual artists, photographers, graphic designers and illustrators between the ages of 18 and 35. All genres will be considered – figurative, abstract, collage, trompe l’oeil, optical illusion, pattern, etc.

The winning artist for each staircase will receive a fee of $4,000 for the exhibition of their artwork.

The competition documents can be accessed at the following link:

If you have any questions about this competition, please email with the subject line “Stairs 2022.”

Appel de propositions – Image dynamique et percutante

Date butoir pour l’envoi de soumission : 14 avril 2022 – 16 h (HNE)

Œuvres d’art extérieures – Art public – Patrimoine canadien

Les documents du concours sont accessibles à partir du lien suivant :

Si vous avez des questions sur ce concours veuillez envoyer un courrier électronique à en indiquant comme sujet « Escaliers 2022 ».