Call for Proposals: Temporary Storefront Activation – Public Art Installations, Barton Village BIA

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Call for Proposals:
Temporary Storefront Activation – Public Art Installations
Barton Village BIA, Hamilton

The Barton Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) is seeking proposals from emerging, mid-career and established Hamilton-based artists or art teams to animate vacant storefronts along Barton Street East this fall in Hamilton Ontario.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all Hamilton-based artists, designers and collectives at all stages in their careers over the age of 18. Artists under 18 years of age must have their parent or legal guardian sign all required documents on their behalf. City of Hamilton employees are not eligible to submit proposals to this call.

BUDGET: A maximum of fifteen proposals will be selected for the project, and each finalist will be awarded an artist and materials fee totalling $2000 (excluding GST). Following the award, artist will be paid $1000 to start the work and the remaining balance of $1000 once the piece/s are finished and installed. All selected artists will be responsible for own materials and required equipment.

DEADLINE: August 26, 2022 by 4 p.m. Eastern Time

QUESTIONS: Jessica Myers,, 289-682-9472

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“Anything is possible on Barton” Storefront Activation will activate a series of vacant storefronts along Barton Street. Working with the Barton Village BIA and partners, these pop-up windows will share the story of this community and cultivate its identity as a place that values art and culture. In April 2022, a focus group of Barton Street community partners and business owners came together to discuss what stories and knowledge should be a part of this project. The following highlights the themes shared by community partners:

1. Spaces: It is no secret that the Barton Village Business Improvement Area has a lack of green and public gathering spaces. Although this is a broader general goal when it comes to streetscape initiatives, we would also value inclusive spaces that allow individuals from all walks of life to come together and celebrate Barton St in a more equitable and intentional way.

2. Past, Present and/or Future: The Barton neighbourhood was once home to the most vibrant commercial district in the city. This was during its much-celebrated industrial past. However, the economic downturn led to the neighbourhood falling into various states of disrepair over the past 25 years as many of its residents and businesses moved to other areas in the city. Presently, there are various revitalization efforts (such as this art project) which, in combination with residents and businesses moving back to the neighbourhood (and rejoining legacy businesses), is leading to a resurgence of its former vibrancy. There is still a way to go, however, the future of Barton St is bright.

3. Intersectionality and Inclusivity: The Barton St community is the true intersections of Hamilton. There are residents, businesses and community groups that reflects individuals from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. One of the main goals of the neighbourhood is to maintain this diversity as the community grows and maintain it’s reputation as a place where anyone is welcome.

4. People: Barton St is home to many businesses, organizations, community groups and residents who are passionate about the neighbourhood and the people who make up its unique urban fabric. Collective storytelling is part of the Barton St narrative here in Hamilton when it comes to celebrating the wide network of legacy businesses, change-makers and community champions who all call Barton St home.

Please click on THIS LINK HERE for more information on how to apply!

Photo: Natalia Dotto

Contact Information:
Jessica Myers
Executive Director
Barton Village BIA
Address: 659 Barton St E, Unit 102, Hamilton, Ontario, L8L 3A3


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