Request for Qualifications: City of Hamilton Pipeline Trail Public Art Project

Image credit: City of Hamilton

Submission Deadline: January 22, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST
Award: $170,000 CAD (Shortlisted Artists will receive a $1500 honorarium to complete a detailed Stage 2 proposal)

The City of Hamilton and STEPS Public Art are currently undertaking a process to commission a permanent public artwork to be placed along the Pipeline Trail where the Trail intersects with Garside Avenue North. The selected work(s) will be functional in nature, serving one or all of the following purposes: seating, shade, wayfinding. The citizen-identified themes for this project are water innovation and infrastructure.

The artwork will be chosen by a Selection Panel composed of residents and arts professionals through a two-stage process.

Visit the website for the full Call for Artists.

Artwork Themes
The City of Hamilton, in consultation with the community through the Pipeline Trail Master Plan, has identified the themes of water innovation and infrastructure for this public artwork. The artwork should be functional in nature, and must serve one or all of the following purposes: seating, shade, wayfinding. The artwork can be either a singular structure or a series of works. No power (including photovoltaics) or water will be available to the design.

Selection Process
Artwork proposals are not requested at this time. This Call is open to all professional artists and artist/design teams residing in Canada. While this is a national competition, local and regional artists are encouraged to apply. Artist teams are welcome to apply but must share the total project award. Per the Canada Council’s guidelines, a professional artist is defined as someone who:

  • has specialised artistic training (not necessarily in academic institutions);
  • is critically recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition);
  • is active in and committed to their art practice;
  • has a history of public exhibitions; and/or
  • has produced an independent body of work.

There will be two stages in the selection process:

  • Stage 1: Request for Qualifications (current stage)
  • Stage 2: Shortlisted Proposal Development and Presentation

STEPS and the City of Hamilton encourage applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from equity-deserving communities.

The total Project Award is $170,000 CAD. The project award covers ALL costs directly associated with the artwork including: fees, fabrication, foundation, shipping, installation, engineering and professional services, insurance, permits, travel and other incidental and production expenses. Up to four (4) artists or artist teams will be shortlisted and paid $1500 CAD each to create detailed proposals.

Submission Requirements
Professional artists/artist teams are invited to respond by submitting a single PDF document. This PDF document must be labelled with the name of the artist and project (Name_Pipeline Trail Public Art). Each single PDF document must include the following:

1. Submission Form: Please complete the Submission Form (visit the full call for the form) and include it as the first page of your submission.

2. Letter of Intent: 2-page maximum (11 point font). Outline of artistic experience, ability, approach and interest in this project, site and community, highlighting relevant experience. While proposals are not accepted at this stage of the competition, we encourage artists to speak to the artwork themes in this letter.

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV): 3-page maximum. Detail professional experience as an artist, past public art experience, and other information relevant to this RFQ. If applying as a team, provide one CV per team member.

4. Artistic Support Material: Maximum of ten (10) images of work. For each image, a title and image number should be provided. If applying as a team, please only submit a total of ten (10) images.

5. Support Material List: A written list that clearly outlines the Artistic Support Material (above) with corresponding titles and numbers. Include the following details in order of: Title, date, location, commissioning agent (if applicable), budget, dimensions, medium/materials and a brief description of the works (maximum 50 words each).

6. References: Names and contact information (current email and phone number) for two (2) references (preferably from recent public art projects) with their role and affiliation listed. Reference letters are not required at this stage of the competition.

*If applying as a team, please list team members and submit required credentials for each. Please also only provide the contact information for the designated contact person.

How To Submit
Visit the website for the full Call for Artists.

Email submissions to Collin Zipp (Public Art Manager) at Please use the subject line Hamilton Pipeline Trail RFQ Submission. Submissions must not exceed 20 MB in total size. All applicants will receive a notice by email that their application has been received. If you have submitted an application and do not receive notification within two weeks of the deadline date, please contact STEPS.

Applicants who need additional support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Collin Zipp by Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 12:00 PM EST to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.

Submission Deadline:
January 22, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Collin Zipp (Public Art Manager)
P: 1-888-783-7780 (extension 704)