Call to Artists: Calgary Centre City Banners 2023-2025

Call to Artists: Calgary Centre City Banners

Calgary Arts Development and The City of Calgary invite artists to submit qualifications for consideration in the design of banner artworks to be installed on streetlight poles on six bridges and streets in the downtown area.

Up to three artists will be selected through this Call to Artists. Each artist will create six original designs which will be displayed on banners across the city centre for approximately one year. Selected artists will work collaboratively with Calgary Arts Development and The City to develop and refine a thematic concept that considers the multiple contexts of Calgary, and the downtown communities in which the banners will be displayed.

Designs to be installed between 2023 – 2025.

Total artist budget: $7,000 CAD (not including GST)
Submission deadline is August 16 @ 4:00pm MT.

Click here for more information, or to apply.

Information Session

Applying to the Centre City Banner Program? Join us for two online Artist Information Sessions, held through Zoom, on the following dates:

July 19, 2022 @ 10:00am MT
August 2, 2022 @ 6:00pm MT

Register for the information sessions here.

The purpose of this session is to provide more context about the program, its specific goals, and criteria. It will also provide some approaches, examples and questions that might be helpful to consider when determining if you will apply and how best to do so.


This Call is open to visual artists residing within the City of Calgary, or surrounding communities. We encourage submissions from artists that are typically underrepresented, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), LGBTQIA2S+ identifying individuals, Deaf persons, and persons with disabilities. Artists should live in/near Calgary to work with the project team as travel is not provided.

We welcome artists at various stages of their careers to apply. Experience working with commissions, project teams, and managing similar sized budgets and projects is an asset, but not a requirement.


We recognize that barriers to access exist for many artists who are interested in applying. Calls to Artists are written in English, shared online, and require applicants to submit online applications, documents, and reports in English. This creates technological, linguistic, communication and cultural barriers, to name a few.

In recognition of these barriers to access, eligible applicants can request assistance to help alleviate some of the costs associated with preparing and submitting an application.

Applicants who self-identify as:
Deaf, hard of hearing, Blind, loss of sight, have a disability or live with a mental illness
Facing language or cultural barriers

For more information please visit this link.


If you require any assistance with your online application, please email Staff are available to assist with your application up to one week prior to the submission deadline.

We are dedicated to inclusion, access and openness in the application process. If you require accommodation with the submission of your application, please contact us to determine alternative formats. Submission accommodation may include ASL video applications, audio applications, connection to language translation services, or use of an alternative file transfer service. Please contact us at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Contact Info:
Suite #501, 237 8th Ave. SE Calgary AB T2G 5C3

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