Call for Proposals for Outdoor Artworks: Journeys

Images (left to right): Confederation Park Steps, Mother Nature by Natalie Very B., York Street Steps, Dancing Shoes by Ashlyn Mundy, Plaza Bridge Steps, Zoetic by Dominic Laporte.

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 “Journeys.” This theme asks artists to reflect upon the idea of a journey as a means of understanding and growth. Artists may consider the physical and inner journeys that have shaped them, or the collective journeys undertaken by people and communities across Canada in the past, present, or even the future. Artists may also consider the visual implications of the “journey” from one point on the stairs to another.

All genres will be considered – figurative, abstract, collage, photography, trompe l’oeil, pattern, etc.

Two artworks will be chosen by a selection committee to be reproduced on exterior-quality graphic film and installed on stairs at two prominent locations in downtown Ottawa for a one-year period starting in spring 2023. All other eligible submissions will be retained for consideration until August 31, 2023, should additional steps locations become available.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 24th, 2023 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. This competition is intended to provide opportunities to young artists, including students, emerging artists and those entering mid-career.

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 2023.”

Appel de propositions – Image dynamique et percutante

Date butoir pour l’envoi de soumission : 24 avril 2023 – 16 h (HAE)

Œuvres d’art extérieures – Art public – Patrimoine canadien

Les documents du concours sont disponibles ici.

Si vous avez des questions sur ce concours veuillez envoyer un courrier électronique à en indiquant comme sujet « Escaliers 2023 ».