Delimit: Call for Site Submissions | Virtual Public Art Tour

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Delimit: Call for Site Submissions

Dates: June 11, 8 a.m. – June 21, 5 p.m.
Submission form: click here

What are the elements that constitute a site for public art? Is it a physical site that is confined by geographic location, architectural feature, and phenomenological experience? Or a dematerialized, cultural site that is shaped by historical context and social framework, in other words, a representation rather than a location?

Following these lines of inquiry, Markham Public Art and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham invite you to explore the city virtually while thinking about potential locations for speculative artworks. Participants are invited to submit potential sites to Delimit, an online competition for speculative public art proposals. Submissions will be guided by a set of instructions and made in the form of locations on a virtual map and available street views.

To help participants, we have selected eight sample sites, one for each ward in the City of Markham. Some of the sites are real, some speculative. Some of the sites are owned by the City, some by other organizations (e.g., the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, Parks Canada, etc.) but all are located within Markham’s boundaries. For each site, we provide a brief context, and a list of public art types that could be suitable for that location.

This Call for Site Submissions marks the launch of Delimit, which happens in three stages. First, members of the public choose sites in Markham for potential public art projects. Second, an open competition will invite professional artists to anonymously submit speculative public art concepts. Artists will choose a site from the submissions made by the public and the project production team. Third, from these proposals, a jury composed of leading professionals in the field will select a shortlist of ten projects. Each of the ten artists will receive $1,000 to further develop their idea into renderings, as a way to analyze the site and test the proposed form of rendering. Delimit will conclude with each jury member announcing their personal favourite of the ten projects, and sharing the reasons behind their choice.

Delimit Timeline
Call for site submissions from the public: June 11, 8 a.m. – June 21, 5 p.m.
Call for entry and proposal of ideas from professional artists: June 29, 8 a.m. – July 10, 5 p.m.
Shortlist of ten artists contacted: July 20
Renderings due: August 2, 5 p.m.
Final presentation and announcement: August 10

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Virtual Tour of Ken Lum’s Public Artwork by Colin Miner

Date: Thursday, June 18, 3 p.m.
Location: online
Registration: click here

In the context of Delimit, artist Colin Miner reflects on his research for Moire’s digital publication Ken Lum: and space, Across time, in a presentation that is partly a tutorial, partly an artist talk. Drawing from the process of a cat-walk, a walk looking for cats, Miner will discuss the role played by virtual maps and street views, image making, site responsiveness, and context in his work, followed by a Q&A.

The fugitive and the cyclical are ongoing departure points for Colin Miner, whose practice takes form through assemblage, composition, and duration. Recent solo exhibitions include La Datcha (Berlin), and 8eleven (Toronto). His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), 2nd Kamias Triennial (Quezon City), and the Beijing Center of Art (Beijing). Miner has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and Tambopata Research Center (Peru). Ongoing projects include MOIRE, a digital publication established by Liza Eurich, Ella Dawn, and Miner in 2012, which focuses on artistic practice through the production of texts, interviews, images, and collaborative projects, and the experimental exhibition space: Moire’s catwalk.


Organized by Markham Public Art in collaboration with the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Delimit is part of Online a digital initiative for public art that is unfolding throughout the summer of 2020.

General Inquiries: submissions@markham.ca
Media Inquiries: Yan Wu, Markham Public Art Curator ywu@markham.ca, or Anik Glaude, Varley Art Gallery of Markham Curator aglaude@markham.ca

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Markham Public Art
Markham’s Public Art Program was first initiated in 2003 and formalized in 2012. Since 2013, five permanent artworks have been commissioned through the program, with two more currently in progress. In addition, the program has facilitated a series of community art initiatives in collaboration with the City’s Public Realm section. In the fall of 2019, Markham City Council approved its Public Art Master Plan 2020-2024, and a related Implementation Plan in winter 2020. The objectives of the program are to inspire people to live, work, visit, and invest in Markham; to celebrate the city’s diverse cultures and heritage from multiple points of view; and to connect residents to Markham’s built and natural environment.
markham.ca/publicart

Varley Art Gallery of Markham
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.

216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON L3R 2H1
905.4777.7000 ext. 3261
@VarleyArtGallery | varley@markham.ca | varleyartgallery.ca

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham remains closed to the public due to the spread of COVID-19.