Request for Proposals: New Public Artworks at Jordan Hollow Indigenous Cultural Park, Lincoln, ON

Illustration I

Call to Indigenous Artists/Designers and Teams Across Canada for New Public Artworks at Jordan Hollow Indigenous Cultural Park, Lincoln, ON

Public Art Opportunity


Plenty Canada is a registered non-profit organization that facilitates access to-and shares resources with-Indigenous peoples and other community groups in support of their environmental protection and sustainable development goals. Plenty Canada has partnered with the Town of Lincoln and other Indigenous stakeholders on the development of Jordan Hollow Indigenous Cultural Park. Plenty Canada is accepting applications from Indigenous artists and designers, or collaborations between non-Indigenous and Indigenous artists and designers for two separate public artworks.

Artists may, within the boundaries illustrated in red in Illustrations I and II and in accordance with the criteria, create a freestanding artwork of a maximum size of six feet in diametre, (height may vary), which will be place and fixed upon a concrete foundational plinth or base, positioned along the living art pathway or corridor (Illustration II). Designs should consider the natural setting of the park and context relevant to the historic significance of the site.

The goals of the artwork(s) will be to bring to the forefront the following:

  • The Indigenous connection to the local area dating 13,000 years BP
  • Relevance of the local area as a site inhabited by the Neutral Nation people
  • The importance of recognizing Indigenous presence, both historical and current, in Lincoln
  • Fostering a sense of community for Indigenous peoples in Niagara Region by enabling the site to be used as a gathering place for Indigenous community groups for programming, celebration, and education.

Competition Process:
The Jury, comprised primarily of Indigenous artistic, design, historical, and/or curatorial professionals, will be responsible for selecting the final artwork using a two-stage public art process.

Illustration II

Stage I: Request for Proposals
Artists must submit the following:

  1. A letter of intent
    ◦  Including a brief description of the Artist’s interest in the art project. It must be concise and speak generally to relevant experience, and the Artist’s ability to address the project
  2. Current C.V
    ◦  Including specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily academic), or relevant experience
    ◦  Including recognition as a professional artist by your peers or clients
  3. Artwork design concept description and sketch (including description of primary materials)
  4. Draft budget (which must include manufacturing costs and artist fee)

Within the Artist Submission, artists are encouraged to discuss how the artwork may look from the viewpoint of visitors, how it may look during different seasons or times of day, and/or in juxtaposition to other nearby structures, etc. Artists must describe how the artwork connects to the goals of the project and the historical and contemporary context described in this RFP.

It is preferred that all text and information be presented in English and at a minimum 14-point (1/8 inch high) type size.

The use of any images, graphic or photographic, in the Artist Submission, other than those created by the Artist must be properly credited.

The artist fee is $70,000 per artwork.

Proposals are due December 16th 2022 at 4pm.
Deadline for Questions: December 9, 2022 at 4pm.

All submissions should be sent either by mail or email to:

By Mail (submissions sent by mail must be postmarked on or before the submission deadline)

Tim Johnson
Senior Advisor – Plenty Canada
Six Nations Bureau
P.O. Box 187 (for correspondence)
1979 Fourth Line Road (for shipments)
Ohsweken, Ontario N0A 1M0


For more information

Amanda Harwood, Plenty Canada

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Funding This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.