Call for Submissions: Public Art for Millpond Meadow, Pickering Museum Village

Call to Artists: City of Pickering Public Art

Location: Millpond Meadow, Pickering Museum Village
Deadline: November 7, 2022
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Artist Opportunity

The City of Pickering invites artists to respond to the Call for Artists to create a permanent outdoor public artwork to be installed at Millpond Meadow at Pickering Museum Village.

As per the City of Pickering Public Art Policy (CUL 130) an artist is defined as the designer/creator of an artistic work and can include, but is not limited to, a professional artist, graphic designer, collaborative team, architect, or landscape designer.

The total budget for the project, including artist fees, materials, and installation is $80,000 (plus HST).

A public art jury comprised of city staff, practicing arts professionals, and community members will be established for this competition.

Public Art Opportunity

The City of Pickering’s Cultural Strategic Plan (2014) outlines the City’s commitment to collaborate with the community to celebrate our cultural diversity, heritage and the arts; to sustain our natural environment; to foster a creative economy; and to strengthen our vibrant neighborhoods.

The artwork will be located at Millpond Meadow at Pickering Museum Village. Pickering Museum Village is envisioned as a community hub where people come together to learn, share stories, and build relationships through progressive, fun, and vibrant experiences. This public art piece is intended to reflect the natural beauty and vibrancy of the meadow and surrounding area and celebrate the history of the City of Pickering.

The project is funded through Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Legacy Fund and the Community Foundation of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Priority will be given to projects that are interactive.

Community Background

The Pickering Museum Village (PMV) is located in the heart of Greenwood. Nineteenth century Greenwood was a bustling community boasting many businesses and prominent residents. At the center of the community was the Greenwood Blacksmith Shop. Local businesses, industries and residents relied on the dedicated tradesmen working in the shop to supply and repair essential tools and equipment for their homes and businesses.

Millpond Meadow is located adjacent to Duffin’s Creek alongside the Greenwood Conservation Area. The waterway supports a diverse ecosystem, including salmon, and in the past was a site that supported the historic mill, that used to stand where the “Millpond Meadow’ is now located.

For the past five years, the City of Pickering, in partnership with the Pickering Public Library, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, has supported a salmon hatchery at the Pickering Central Library. Library patrons and students from local schools had the ability to observe and learn about the Atlantic salmon and the importance of biodiversity. The hatchery resulted in the release of over 400 Atlantic salmon into Duffins Creek. In addition, salmon hatchlings are released annually into Duffins Creek by the TRCA at the museum site.


$80,000 CAD (maximum before HST). This is the total amount available for all related expenses of this public art project 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 an artist statement for completed work.

The selected artist will enter into a written agreement with the City of Pickering following the approval of the acquisition of the public art. This agreement will address the artist’s obligations, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Materials
  • Timelines
  • Installation
  • Maintenance and/or conservation plans
  • Warranty
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property and Moral Rights
  • Payments to sub-contractors

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Stage 1: Open Call

The public art jury will review all submissions and identify a short-list based on artistic excellence and demonstrated or perceived ability to create and execute an innovative, engaging public artwork that is complementary to the overall design scheme and community context.

Stage 2: Conceptual Design

The short-listed artists will be notified in November and invited to submit a conceptual design proposal in a PowerPoint presentation. A detailed Terms of Reference project document will be provided to help short-listed artists prepare their proposals.

Short-listed artists will be paid a fee of $1,500.00 (+HST) for their submission of a complete conceptual design proposal. Short-listed artists must attend an interview and present their proposals (online presentations may be required) to the public art jury in February 2023.

Email submissions to:

Submissions must be received by November 7, 2022 at 5pm
Late submissions will not be accepted


Call for submissions opens: September 30, 2022
Call for submissions closes: November 7, 2022
Public Art Jury meets: November, 2022
Notification of shortlist artists: January, 2023
Presentations: February, 2023
Production: May-October, 2023
Installation: October/November, 2023

Recommendations made by the Public Art Jury will be endorsed by the CAC. Final award of the project will be done through a council report in April 2023.

Contact Information:
Lucas Cabral
Coordinator, Public Art
City of Pickering

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