Call for Submissions: 2024 Public Art Year in Review

Creative City Network of Canada

Errances à Verdun by Anna Binta Diallo submitted by Ville de Montreal, 2022.

The Creative City Network of Canada is excited to announce the return of the annual Public Art Year in Review, a celebration of public art across Canada!

Presented by the Public Art Advisory Committee, the Public Art Year in Review highlights what is new and exciting about Canada’s public art sector. The Year in Review recognizes artwork of all scope and scale, with an emphasis on the diverse ways artists and municipalities respond to their local environments.

Selected artworks will be featured on October 1st at the Creative City Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia (October 1–3, 2024).


CCNC encourages its members and non-member municipalities, developers, and artists across Canada to submit to the Year in Review. Showcase what is new and exciting in your local public art program. All scope and scale – small to large, emerging to established, temporary to permanent – are eligible. Leap in!

Submissions may include civic, private, or community-led public art, in any medium, form, or scale including permanent, temporary, stand-alone, site-specific, or integrated artworks. All artworks must have been installed or exhibited in the 2023 calendar year or later.

Submissions are limited to three per applicant. It is strongly suggested that commissioning agencies and artists work together on the application to ensure duplicate applications are not received.

Horizon by Brad Hindson, submitted by the City of Kelowna, is an interactive sculpture in Boyce Gyro Park.

Year in Review and the Creative City Impact Awards

The Public Art Year in Review differs from Creative City Impact Awards for Public Art. Municipalities may submit public art projects to both recognition programs, but whereas the Impact Awards recognize two outstanding projects for their demonstration of artistic excellence and best practices, the Year in Review features a diverse range of artworks from across the country to showcase the range of work done in Canada. Selected by members of the Public Art Advisory Committee, the Year in Review recognizes multiple projects with the intention to celebrate Canadian success stories, showcase emerging public art trends, and educate public art colleagues on diverse methods of artistic production, exhibition, and community engagement.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic Merit
  • Process
  • Impact
  • Diversity of voice
  • Site specificity

When making selections the jury will also consider geographical diversity, range in community size, and array of project types and budgets.

To Apply

Send in one email:

  • a word document with a full narrative of up to 800 words that describe the project and its commissioning/creation process
  • up to six .jpg images
  • the project budget, budget source, location, artist and commissioner
  • your full name, e-mail address, municipal or organizational affiliation and position/ role.

Deadline for Submissions: Mid-July. Date TBA

Send to: Creative City Network of Canada –

Flame of Life by Emily Kewageshig situated at the Port Credit Fire Station.

Successful Submissions:

  • Up to ten submissions will be selected for the Year in Review presentation at the 2024 Creative City Summit in Vancouver.
  • Submissions may be profiled on the Creative City Network of Canada website, specifically:
    ◦  Presenters may be filmed or photographed and presentations profiled on the 2024 Summit webpage or CCNC YouTube channel.
    ◦  All projects submitted may be featured in a Public Art Network Year in Review online database.
  • Images from successful submissions may be used by the Creative City Network of Canada for educational or not-for-profit purposes.
  • The Year in Review will be a moderated 45 minute session on Day 1 of the Summit on Tuesday, October 1, 2024.
  • Each presenter will be given 3–4 minutes to present in a modified Pecha Kucha style, using a maximum of 4–5 slides.
  • Successful submissions will ideally be presented by the artist or a member of the submitting municipality or commissioner. If neither is available, the project may be presented by a member of PAAC.
  • Successful applicants will receive further details about presentation submission details and deadlines in August.

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Image Descriptions:
1) Interior space with green plants and windows on the left and a central focus on a white wall featuring colourful collage human figures.
2) Exterior space with green grass on the left and bottom and pavement and trees in the background. Featured in the centre, a long rectangular structure with reflective panels.
3) A red brick wall with two painted garage doors featuring colourful art. On the left, two figures facing each other with a fire in the centre. On the right, trees around a central growing plant and sun-like orb.