Request for Qualifications: Public Gateway Artwork(s) for Scarborough Town Centre

Figure 1: Design rendering of the Site (25 Borough Drive). The Architect on this project is BDP Quadrangle.

Request for Qualifications: Permanent Public Gateway Artwork(s) for Scarborough Town Centre Lands

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2024, 11:59pm ET

Calling all professional artists internationally and within Canada for an exciting large-scale public art project in Scarborough City Centre.

Oxford Properties Group (“Oxford”) and Kyla Radoja (the Public “Art Consultant”) are seeking to commission an artist or artist-led team to create new landmark gateway public artwork(s) to be installed in a future Scarborough Town Centre master-planned community at the entrance(s) of a central pedestrian mews.

This is a two-stage public competition open to professional artists and artist-led teams internationally. While this is an international call, national, regional, and local artists are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: This is a two-stage artist selection process. Up to five (5) artists will be shortlisted from this call by a selection Jury to develop their proposals. The deadline to submit Qualifications for this opportunity is September 30, 2024, 11:59pm ET.

Award: The total budget for the artwork(s) is $755,000 + HST CAD.

Schedule: The anticipated installation of the artwork(s) on site is Spring, 2028. A mentorship component shall be integrated into the commissioned artist(s)’ project timeline plan.

Artwork proposals are not requested at this time. This is the first stage in a two-stage selection process. Up to five (5) artists will be selected by a Jury from the Stage One (1) RFQ submissions. The selected artists will be invited to Stage Two (2) to respond to a detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) package and each artist/artist team will be paid a $2,000 CAD + HST honorarium to develop, create and submit their site-specific proposal for stage 2 in the allocated time.

Stage 1 RFQ Submission Requirements

Professional artists/artist teams are invited to respond to this RFQ by submitting a single PDF document (total of 10-pages maximum). This PDF document must be labelled with the name of the artist and project (Artist Name_Stage 1 RFQ Gateway Artwork(s) for Scarborough Town Centre).

Each single PDF document must include the following:

  1. Submission Form: (1 page) Please complete the Submission Form located on the last page of the RFQ document and include it as the first page of your PDF document.*
  2. Letter of Intent: (1-page maximum) outlining 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, artists are welcome to speak to initial thoughts of the artwork objectives and potential themes in this letter.
  3. Artist Curriculum Vitae (CV): (2-pages maximum) detailing 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, however, please stay within the overall 10 pages maximum.
  4. Art Portfolio: (5-pages maximum) of past artwork that best demonstrates your experience of this scale and type of public art project. For each image, a title and image number should be provided. If applying as a team, please only submit a total of five (5) pages. Please include a written list that outlines the materials used for each project and the following details: Title, date, location, who commissioned the piece (if applicable), budget, dimensions, medium/materials, and a brief description of the works (maximum 50 words each).
  5. Mentorship Interest: (1-page maximum) stating any previous mentorship experience and your desired learnings and support offerings for this mentorship opportunity.

*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.

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to Kyla Radoja, Public Art Consultant at;

Deadline for proposal submission: September 30, 2024, 11:59pm ET
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Please read the full Art Call to learn more about this opportunity before applying. The full RFQ details can be found on the project website.

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