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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.

Call to citizens: share your river photos - more details
Submission Deadline: February 26, 2018
We all have river stories – experiences, moments and memories that have shaped how we relate to the watersheds that define our city. Broken City Lab invites you to share your story by sending us a photo of the Bow or Elbow rivers that captures your special relationship to the watershed. Be one of the first 50 people to submit a photo and short caption or story relating to the image and you will receive an Ask the River Sign created by artist collective Broken City Lab through their “Varying Proximities” installation.

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.

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

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.​​