Call for Proposals: Portable Outdoor Mural Installations at Yonge and St. Clair, Toronto
Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11:59pm ET
The Yonge + St. Clair BIA is seeking proposals for portable, mural art installations as part of its commitment to public realm beautification in the midtown Toronto neighbourhood. The Yonge + St. Clair BIA welcomes muralists, visual artists, and designers to submit their proposals. The Yonge + St. Clair BIA is seeking large-scale portable mural panels to be installed at heights on the exterior of mid-rise buildings that can be relocated every few years.
Target installation date: by end of October 2023
Additional dates: Murals may be relocated to other building locations within 2-5 years of the original installation date.
Yonge + St. Clair is one of Toronto’s fastest evolving neighbourhoods and is facing an influx of commercial and residential redevelopments that will bring many changes to the local cityscape and members of its deep-rooted community. The goal of this mural is to create an iconic piece for the neighbourhood that not only beautifies the urban landscape but remains a beloved icon that embraces the narrative of urban change while still representing the optimistic spirit of the local community.
The spirit of the Yonge + St. Clair neighbourhood centres around its storied past as a filmic and retail destination, the celebration of its identity as an emergent urban destination in midtown Toronto, its desire to be a modern crossroads for life + work + play, and the embodiment of an energized and inclusive outlook that celebrates all walks of life.
Scope of Work and Mural Parameters
Original mural artwork should be on durable, weatherproof panels optimized to be affixed to the exterior of a building at heights. Lift access or roof access are likely the methods of installation.
Sizing of the panels may vary according to artist recommendations, ideally totalling up to 40 ft x 40 ft in total measured surface area. Preference will be given to proposals that offer modular solutions that take into account portability, and flexibility to best fill empty outdoor wall spaces of various sizes and materials. For example, 4 [four] 10ft. X 10ft. square panels
Proposals can outline various mural configurations or more than one approach to optimizing the placement of the mural panels.
The visual art featured on the mural panels should reflect one harmonious theme.
Proposals should take into consideration the short and long-term engineering, material durability, and safety of operations during installation and display at heights.
Artists are responsible for arranging their own General Liability Insurance
The Yonge + St. Clair BIA retains ownership of the art pieces after the exhibition period. Consultation will occur with selected artist for future configurations and installations.
Modular and reconfigurable art pieces are preferred to fit various locations
The proposed artwork should address the themes of the neighbourhood as outlined above.
Artist must handle all associated costs for installation as provided within the budget.
A rough budget breakdown should be included as part of your proposal.
Artists will receive a $15,000 – $20,000 budget for the total cost of production and installation (includes artist fee and the cost of supplies/materials, transportation etc.) to support the production of their piece. If you are submitting existing pieces, the budget is still valid.
Preference may be given to artists who are available in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area but all are welcome to apply.
Site Tours and Site Support
The Yonge + St. Clair BIA will provide operational support and assistance with site and property owners to optimize mural coordination, secure permissions and collaboration for the art installation period.
Please submit any inquiries you have about site details to email@example.com
July 10, 2023 – Proposals due for review process
July 21, 2023 – Artist is selected
July 24 – October 31, 2023 – Art Installation Period
PROPOSAL PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS
* To be delivered via DropBox, Google Drive link or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Yonge St. Clair Mural Proposal 2023
- Cover Letter and Resume: including your name, telephone number, email, project title, and 100-word artist bio. Include any relevant certifications for working at heights, prior relevant education, work experience, exhibition history, and awards.
- Proposal: Renderings/sketches of the proposed pieces. If the pieces are already produced, dimensions and high-resolution photos of the works are required.
- Description of Artwork Theme: Description of how the mural art relates to the theme and purpose of the project.
- Engineering + Installation: A description of how engineering and material considerations will be incorporated to ensure structural integrity and weather durability.
- Budget: Include a rough budget breakdown of how you would utilize the budget requested.
We look forward to your ideas and proposals!
Submit Your Proposal to email@example.com
Deadline: July 10, 2023, 11:59pm ET