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Artist Roster

The Artist Roster is intended to support artists and commissioning parties by providing a list of pre-selected practicing artists qualified for a wide range of public art projects under $75,000. The Artist Roster allows for the expeditious contracting of artists and the commissioning of artworks to add vibrancy to our cityscape, while responding to place and defining identity for communities and organizations. These public artworks may be installed on a temporary or permanent basis and artists are expected to work within the parameters of specific projects. Opportunities available to artists on the roster may include but are not limited to:

  • Permanent Installations
  • Temporary Installations
  • Integrated Artwork
  • Functional Artwork
  • Artist Residencies
  • Community Programming
  • Light and/or Projection
  • New Media and Digital Artwork
  • Artist Consultation
  • Tactical Urbanism
  • Concept Design

Project Background

The initiative grew out of the highly-successful Utility Box Program’s 2015 Artist Roster and 2016 Painted City Roster, which greatly simplified the task of connecting artists to communities and City departments making the process more efficient, economical and accessible. The roster allowed communities to access pre-selected artist(s) that suited their needs, and artists on the roster were selected for numerous projects across Calgary. A number of artists also gained non-city commissions directly from their inclusion on the roster.

Artists on the Roster:

  • Are eligible to be contracted for public art projects and programs but reserve the right to decline any offer;
  • May be commissioned to create original artwork that meets the needs of future projects as they become available;
  • Will receive visibility through the Public Art Program website and social media channels; 
  • Are not guaranteed a public art project contract with The City of Calgary Public Art Program; 
  • Are eligible for projects commencing in years 2017 and 2018.

The 2016 artist roster includes:

Communities or community members who would like to apply to have an artwork in their neighbourhood can fill out an application form. However, projects not initiated or budgeted by The City of Calgary Public Art Program must be funded by the applicant(s).