Call for Submissions: Children of Peace Park Public Art Project, Town of East Gwillimbury

CALL FOR SCULPTORS

We are excited to announce a public art competition for the newly constructed Children of Peace Park next to the Sharon Temple.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022

The Town of East Gwillimbury invites Sculptors to submit their Expression of Interest to the preliminary stage of a public art competition.

The Town of East Gwillimbury Arts and Culture Advisory Committee is looking for a sculpture that celebrates the history of the Sharon Temple to be featured in the Children of Peace Park. Visit this link to submit your proposal and to learn more about this beautiful new park!

PROJECT GOAL

In 2021, The Arts and Culture Council Advisory Committee completed the public art policy. This policy is intended to leverage artists’ talent, vision and experience to create an inclusive community that celebrates, appreciates and promotes arts, culture, diversity and heritage of East Gwillimbury by integrating artwork into public view/spaces.

The Town of EG invites expressions of interest from artists or artist teams to design and create a public artwork for a specific site at the Children of Peace Park located at 68 Sharonview Crescent, in East Gwillimbury.

Artists’ proposals will be scored, in part, on how successfully they address the following goal as determined by the Arts and Culture Council Advisory Committee:

The Public Art work should be an artwork that celebrates the history of the Children of Peace and/or Sharon Temple lands which is adjacent to the park.

Artist’s proposals should address at least one of the following themes:

  • An interpretation of, or a story of the Sharon Temple history;
  • A reflection of the Children of Peace values which are of peace, equality, and social justice.
  • Democracy: Children of Peace and the Village of Sharon played in the creation of Responsible Government and ultimately democracy as we know it today in Canada.
  • Hope: Original name of the community now known as Sharon. This single village embodied David Willson’s utopian vision of “Hope”.

The newly constructed Children of Peace Park has allocated two locations for public art. At this time we are actively calling for artists/sculptors for location # 1 (see Appendix A) but will consider reviewing ideas of artwork for both locations.

Artists should consider the permanence of media. The use of bronze, granite or other durable materials is recommended. Viewers of the sculptures need to consider an “in–the-round” composition to facilitate viewing from all angles.

Artists will be selected and recommended to East Gwillimbury Council by the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee of Council which is comprised of art professionals, representatives from the community, and Town staff. Their role is to provide key input including developing the theme and vision for the project.

ELIGIBILITY

Town of East Gwillimbury employees are not eligible to submit proposals to this call.
Artists under 18 years of age must have their parent or legal guardian sign all required documents on their behalf

SELECTION PROCESS

Stage 1 Concept and Preliminary Design proposal will be adjudicated by the Art’s and Culture Advisory Council Committee. The Stage 1 proposal will be submitted online through email to artsandculture@eastgwillimbury.ca

Hard copy submissions will be accepted and can be received Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex. 1914 B Mount Albert Rd. Sharon, ON L0G1V0.

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