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Opportunities for Artists

The City of Calgary Public Art Program offers a variety of opportunities for local, national and international artists, from emerging to established professionals, as well as numerous ways to stay informed and in touch.

Call to Artists: Centre City Banner Program

The City of Calgary invites artists to submit qualifications to be considered for the development of banner artwork to be installed on streetlight poles on up to seven bridges and streets in the downtown area.

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Arts Community Public Art Review Workshop

On Monday September 24, The City of Calgary is inviting members of the arts community to participate in a discussion on the review of the Public Art program.

Sessions are free but seating is limited. Tickets are required (available through Eventbrite). The agenda will include a brief presentation, followed by a facilitated workshop. Refreshments will be provided.

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An Auspicious Find by Lori Sobkowich (Prince's Island)

Artist Contact List

If you are interested in receiving emails about program opportunities and initiatives, please submit your contact information for our Public Art Email Bulletins.

Please note: The City of Calgary cannot assume the responsibility of disseminating information regarding the Public Art Program and its opportunities to artists and/or their organizations. Artists are encouraged to watch for opportunities on this site, in local and national newspapers, and on industry related websites and publications.

Be sure to also "like" us on and follow us on Twitter at @YYCArtsCulture.

What is a professional artist?

As per the Canada Council for the Arts, we define a professional artist as someone who:

  • has specialized training in visual art (not necessarily in academic institutions) and has produced an independent body of work;
  • is recognized as such by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic discipline) and has maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years;
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially, and has had at least three public exhibitions of work in a professional context over a three year period.

Be sure to read each Call to Artists carefully for eligibility criteria and submission requirements.

Copyright Notice

All photos and images on the City of Calgary Public Art Program website are copyright protected. Please see our copyright notice for more information.​​​​