Call for Submissions: Public Art for North Core Street Scape Project, Thunder Bay

Downtown Waterfront District Thunder Bay, Photographer John Nistico

Call to Artists: Public Art Installations
City of Thunder Bay

Submission Deadline: August 21, 2024, at 11:59 pm EDT

Canadian artists and artist teams are invited to submit proposals for public art installations as part of the North Core Street Scape project. The North Core Street Scape initiative strives to reinvigorate the North Core as the Entertainment District, fostering economic growth and community vitality. By offering spaces for patios, events, and programming, the revitalized streets aim to attract families, businesses, and tourists. Artwork chosen from this call will help contribute to the vibrant new atmosphere being created.

Project Requirements

The City of Thunder Bay is pleased to offer this public art opportunity for artists, artist-teams, or organizations to create and fabricate prominent art piece(s) that will be installed as part of the North Core Street Scape project. Artists are welcome to submit up to two (2) concepts for any or all three art locations.


This competition is open to artists, artist teams, or organizations residing, working, attending school, or operating within Canada.

Preference will be given to local artists, particularly those who identify as Indigenous artists, who have a connection to Thunder Bay and or the surrounding area, reflecting our commitment to supporting and displaying local & Indigenous talent from within our region.


The three (3) public art locations each have a specified budget limit:

Court Street Plaza: $200,000
Mall Street Plaza: $100,000
St. Paul Street to Cumberland Street Plaza: $200,000

If applying for all three (3) art locations, there is flexibility between location budgets, ensuring that the total project budget does not exceed $500,000.

Please note that the City of Thunder Bay assumes no responsibility for any expenses incurred by the artist(s) or organizations during the submission process.

These lump sum amounts cover the public art’s design and installation expenses, including but not limited to, excluding HST:

  • Artist Fees and Honorariums
  • Project Expenses
    ◦  Professional fees such as technical consultations, necessary stamped engineer drawings (electrical, structural, mechanical)
    ◦  Required drawings
    ◦  Mock-ups
    ◦  Hourly per diem fees – fees for any expenses associated with changes or revisions/modifications to the submitted concept.
  • Fabrication & Material Costs
    ◦  Material testing
  • Installation Costs
    ◦  Delivery, transportation, anchoring systems etc.
  • Copyright Fee
  • Insurance – $5 million liability

Completion of any foundation work will be covered by the City of Thunder Bay.

Due to geographical and regional variations in availability and costs of equipment, materials and services, artists are strongly encouraged to obtain local quotes for any portion of the proposed project that may take place in Thunder Bay, (i.e. fabrication/installation).

Selection Process

All submissions will be pre-screened to ensure completeness and eligibility as per the submission requirements, project specifications, timeline, and budget.

The City of Thunder Bay reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all submissions. Proposals that are deemed complete and eligible will be reviewed by a jury of qualified people, including members of the City of Thunder Bay Public Art Committee, the commissioning body, City administration, and where applicable, members of the local arts community. The jury may invite non-voting technical advisors to assist with the selection process at its discretion.

Submission Requirements

A complete application package must be submitted online by the deadline to be considered. Artists in a team must submit their proposal as one package.

This is the information that you will be required to provide to submit your application:

  • Lead Artist and Team Members Profile
    ◦  Artist/Artist lead Team Bio
    ◦  Related Experience
    ◦  Images of Past Work/Projects
  • Submission:
    ◦  Vision/Artistic Merit
    ◦  Appropriateness as Public Art
    ◦  Connection to Context and Design Scope
    ◦  Design and Drawing(s) of Concept
    ◦  Timeline
    ◦  Budget Breakdown

Full details on submission requirements can be found within the Call to Artists published online.

Please contact prior to the deadline if you require special accommodations, or assistance with the submission requirements, including hard copy submission.

How to Submit

View full Call to Artists and submit on the Thunder Bay website.

Submission Deadline: August 21, 2024, 11:59 pm EDT

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Laurie Abthorpe, Cultural Development & Public Art Coordinator / 807-625-2357

City of Thunder Bay
500 Donald Street E, P.O. Box 800
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 5K4

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