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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
​The City of Calgary is seeking to hire a consultant or consultant team to research and develop a public art plan responding to the Parks business unit.  The ideal proponent will be a Public Art Consultant or Artist with experience in creating public art plans. Experience with parks initiatives is preferred but not mandatory. ​Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST. Call to Artists
​We are seeking proposals for fun and engaging installations that will bring light to select sites on the Municipal Plaza and at Olympic Plaza during New Year’s Eve celebrations. The goal is to celebrate New Year’s Eve and kick-off of the sesquicentennial on December 31st 2016 in a dynamic and distinctive way. ​Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST. Call to Artists
Mountain Standard Time Performative Arts Festival Society (M:ST) in collaboration with The City are excited to present the Public Art 101 session Infiltrating and Relational Practice in Public Space led by performance art research collective TouVa. Submit a one-page statement of interest to info@mstfestival.org. More details
Public Art and Social Practice workshop series with world renowned Alfredo Jaar and Jeanne van Heewwijk. Apply before Oct 4, 2016 to participate in 9 sessions in October, December and February.  Call to Artists
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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