Call for Proposals: Six Public Art Opportunities, City of Orillia

Call for Artists: Six Sites for Public Art, City of Orillia

The Art in Public Places Committee (APPC), administered by the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) on behalf of the City of Orillia, is seeking proposals from visual artists and visual arts teams for permanent public art to be located at six (6) sites throughout the City. Artists with experience creating innovative public art that is functional, inclusive, and accessible are strongly encouraged to apply.

Site #1 – Wilson Point Trail Intersection
An entry point to the City from Severn Township.
Artist Fee: up to $10,000

Site #2 – Fittons Road Trail Intersection
The area is a busy artery running East to West, connecting trail users and visitors to Ward 4 businesses.
Artist Fee: up to $35,000

Site #3 – Orillia Recreation Centre (ORC)
Located within the heart of Orillia, along the City’s trail system, connects visitors to the downtown and Ward 1 and 2 businesses.
Artist Fee: up to $45,000

Site #4 – Stormwater Pond
The area is a southern entry point to the City from the Township of Oro-Medonte, and connects trail users and visitors to Ward 3 businesses. It is near the busy conservation area of Scouts Valley and the West Orillia Sports Complex. Three pieces are being commissioned, one for each trailhead.
Artist Fee: up to $30,000 total

Site #5 – James Street Trail Intersection
The area is another entry point to the City from the Township of Oro-Medonte to the West, and connects trail users and visitors to Ward 2 businesses.
Artist Fee: up to $20,000

Site #6 – Atherley Road Trail Intersection
The area is an entry point to the City from Ramara Township and The Chippewas of Rama First Nation, and connects trail users and visitors to Ward 1 businesses.
Artist Fee: up to $25,000

Artist Fees are inclusive of 50% of the non-recoverable portion of HST.

The overall project budget of $276,000 is for all related expenses including, but not limited to: artist fees, all applicable taxes, detailed renderings, materials, technical consultations and approvals or other expertise as required, fabrication, installation, insurance, equipment, travel to meetings and to the site, and signage.


This call for submissions is part of a larger public art project within the City of Orillia inviting artists to creatively interpret the theme: CROSSROADS, CONNECTIONS, and INTERSECTIONS. The theme builds on the City’s strategic location along the shores of Lakes Couchiching and Simcoe, and the Trent-Severn Waterway. It is the heart of the four communities of Oro-Medonte, Ramara, Severn and The Chippewas of Rama First Nation; Highways 11 and 12 its arteries leading you anywhere you want to go in Canada and beyond.

Submissions should reflect the importance, benefits and opportunities of building a better future for all through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing. Themes include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • The environment
  • The water
  • Sustainability
  • Our history
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Transportation – water, land, air
  • Inclusivity & diversity
  • Health & wellness
  • Recreation & leisure
  • Four season destination

Bases and interpretive signage will be provided by the APPC, in consultation with Artists. Proposed bases for each site will be available to view on OMAH’s website.


Stage One (Proposal) Deadline: Monday, September 19, 2022
Stage Two (Conceptual Design) Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2022
Award: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Anticipated Installation Date: March 31, 2023 (subject to change based on conditions)

Submission Requirements

Please send via email:

Stage One: Proposals

  • Brief artist statement outlining interest in the project, Site #, and general artistic approach.
  • 2-3 images/sketches of the proposed work.
  • CV or resume including current contact information, relevant artistic experience, and a list of 3-5 previously completed works that best reflects your proposal with title, date, medium, images, and location.
  • Proposed Artist Fee, not to exceed the maximum Artist Fee listed for each site.

Send all submission materials via email to with the subject line YOUR NAME_SITE NUMBER_Public Art Proposal. If submitting more than one proposal, please send it as a separate submission.

Stage One proposals will be accepted until Monday, September 19, 2022, 11:59pm.

Short-listed artists will be determined by jury and invited to proceed to the next stage.

Stage Two: Conceptual Design

Short-listed artists will be paid a fee to submit a completed conceptual design proposal in line with the Terms of Reference project document provided by the APPC.

To learn more about the call and objectives that the jury will consider, please visit the Art in Public Places page on OMAH’s website.

For more information or questions about this call for submissions, please contact:
Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director

705 326–2159 x101 |

Orillia Museum of Art & History
30 Peter St. S.
Orillia, ON L3V 5A9

About the City of Orillia

The City of Orillia is a community of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.

About APPC

The Art in Public Places Committee was established in 2018 to manage the City’s public art program following Policy – Art in Public Places. The Committee is administered by the Orillia Museum of Art & History the Council and makes recommendations to City Council on the acquisition, maintenance, and deaccession of public art.

About OMAH

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is a fully accessible hub of culture and heritage located in the heart of Orillia’s Arts District. OMAH offers a wide range of interpretive programs complemented by a body of rich and engaging exhibitions. The historical clock tower of the Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for our location.

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The contributors to this call respectfully acknowledge our presence on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg, specifically the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. All are grateful for the ongoing support of Stakeholders, the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the community of Orillia.