Request for Proposals: Winter Nights City Lights 2022

Winter Nights, City Lights 2021.

CALL TO ARTISTS – Request for Proposals (RFP)
Winter Nights City Lights 2022

Deadline: Friday, August 26, by 11:59 p.m. EDT

Artist Opportunity

The City of Pickering invites artists or artist teams to submit proposals for light-based artwork to be a part of Winter Nights, City Lights 2022.

Winter Nights, City Lights will take place between November 25, 2022 to January 31, 2023 and will feature a diverse range of outdoor light art installations inside Esplanade Park. The installations will transform the park by providing visibility and create a sense of joy and excitement for residents and visitors.

Project Brief

Winter Nights, City Lights is an outdoor event that marks the start of the winter season at Esplanade Park and in the City of Pickering. The event includes the lighting of the seasonal décor for the first time each year.

For this year’s Winter Nights, City Lights, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Elexicon Energy, we ask that artists interpret the warmth of light in their installations as beacon of celebration. The proposed installation should reflect how light illuminates some of the most meaningful moments, creating harmonious connections between experiences and people, and ultimately shaping stronger communities and a better world.

We are seeking proposals for preferably existing light-based artworks – sculpture, installation, multimedia, and projections that can withstand the harsh outdoor winter conditions and activate the space at dusk.

Site plan of Esplanade Park


We are looking to accept between two (2) to four (4) proposals as part of Winter Nights City Lights 2022. Selected works will receive a minimum fee of $1,000.00 CAD inclusive of HST and up to $4,000.00 CAD inclusive of HST.

Submission Requirements

Please complete your RFP submission and email it in a single PDF


  • Artist statement: describe the way you incorporate the theme and your interest in this project. You can submit a written document (1-page max) or record an audio or video message (MP3 or MP4 file, max 20 MB).
  • CV: Professional resume (3-pages max). If submitting as a team, an individual resume should be submitted for each team member.
  • Portfolio of past work: Examples of relevant light-based work. You may include multiple images per project on 1 page of a maximum to 10 projects (10-pages). Add tittle, year, scope and a short description.
  • Artwork Design:
    a.  For existing work: photographs, plans, and/or videos of the proposed work along with dimensions, materials and electrical requirements.
    b.  For new commission: concept sketch, photos, and other images/details as applicable along with proposed dimensions, materials and electrical requirements.
  • Proposed Budget and Delivery/Installation/Deinstallation Plan: for artist fees, delivery, installation and de-installation.
  • References: A list of at least two professional references familiar with your work and working methods. The list must include complete addresses and telephone numbers.

Submissions must be sent by email to:

Subject: Artist Proposal – Winter Nights City Lights 2022

If the file exceeds 20 MB, artists are asked to use an external file share program. Incomplete submissions or submissions received after the deadline will not be juried.

Deadline: Friday, August 26, by 11:59 p.m. EDT

Find more information about the opportunity here

Contact Information:
Stoyan Barakov
Coordinator, Public Art
+1 (289) 200 – 7829

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