Request for Qualifications: Permanent Indoor Artwork Installation, The Postmark Hotel

Request for Qualifications: The Postmark Hotel

The Postmark Hotel, 180 Main Street, Newmarket, ON
Deadline: December 2, 2022, 11:00pm

The Postmark Hotel in Newmarket, Ontario, opening Spring 2023, invites an artist/artist team to create a permanent indoor artwork to be installed in the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. The total budget for the project CAD $25,000 (plus HST).

The artist will be selected through a 2-stage competition. Through this open call, artists are invited to submit a portfolio of previous work. A shortlist of 3 artists will be selected by an internal panel including hotel ownership representatives and the hotel curator. The 3 shortlisted artists will be invited to prepare a detailed design and budget, for which they will receive compensation.

Background and context
Scheduled to open in spring 2023, The Postmark Hotel is a sister property to Toronto’s Gladstone House (established 1889) and The Broadview Hotel (established 1891). Like the other two properties, The Postmark Hotel is a heritage building (built in 1914) and its name is a nod to its former life as the town’s post office. This landmark on Main Street will feature 55 guest rooms, a lobby bar and bistro, and a bar and event space on the rooftop.

The hotel experiences are centred on creativity, inclusivity, community and delight. Each hotel showcases work by local and regional art, and this call is part of the Postmark’s extensive art program.

Location and materials
The artwork will occupy a feature wall in the rooftop bar. This space is open to both hotel guests and the community.

The space is vertical and measures approximately 2.77m (9 feet) high x 5.74m (18.8 feet) wide. The work will be executed on or attached to the wall, not freestanding. The work does not need to occupy the entire rectangular space but it should have a substantial presence on the wall.

Rendering of the space with placeholder design element. Space available for art is delineated in blue.

$25,000.00 CAD (maximum before HST). This is the total amount available for all related expenses of this art project.

This call is open to professional artists.

Artists must:

  • have successfully completed installations at a similar scale to this project
  • reside with a 75km radius of Newmarket
  • be legally eligible to work in Canada

The Postmark Hotel is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Qualified applicants with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences are encouraged to apply.

Stage 1: Open Call
The art jury will review all submissions and identify a short-list based on artistic excellence and demonstrated ability to create and execute an engaging artwork that is complementary to the overall design scheme of the hotel. Due to the construction schedule, site visits are not possible at this time.

Stage 2: Design Proposal
The shortlisted artists will be notified on December 14 and invited to submit a design proposal in a PowerPoint presentation. Additional information will be provided to help shortlisted artists prepare their proposals.

Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee of $1000.00 (+HST) for their submission of a complete design proposal. Shortlisted artists must attend an interview/ proposal presentation (online presentations may be possible) to the jury.

Call for submissions closes: December 2, 2022
Notification of shortlisted artists (finalists): December 16, 2022
Proposals by finalists due: January 16, 2023
Presentations: week of January 23, 2023
Notification to artists: February 1, 2023
Production: February – early May, 2023
Installation: mid May, 2023

To apply, please complete the application form. You will be asked to provide:

  • Your website and Instagram
  • CV
  • Biography (maximum 100 words)
  • Statement about your work (maximum 125 words).
  • 5 images of completed projects
  • Image list, including project budget

More information about the project is available on our website.

Questions? Contact Lee Petrie, Curator, The Postmark Hotel | Gladstone House | The Broadview Hotel

The Postmark Hotel
180 Main Street
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 3Z2