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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.

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. 

Opportunity Submission Deadline Information
Apply to be one of 10 artists mentees for the utility boxes in calgary ​Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST Facebook Event
Open AiR – a community-based public art residency pilot project ​Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST Call to Artists
Public art project at the new Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road S.E. interchange ​Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST Call to Artists
Seeking qualified Canadian artists who have experience in designing, constructing and enhancing functional benches ​Friday, June 17, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST Call to Artists
​Seeking qualified Canadian artists who have experience in designing, constructing and enhancing functional bicycle racks ​Friday, June 17, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST Call to Artists​
​Painted City: 2016 Street Art Program for Youth Session #2 Summer session will run two evenings per week from July 27th - September 24th, 2016 Registration information
Public Art 101 professional development course ​​Various session dates throughout 2016 ​See Public Art 101 page for session details
An Auspicious Find
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.

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