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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 Details
Public Art Project - Flanders Avenue/Crowchild Trail interchange Thursday, June 1, 2017
5 p.m. MST
Seeking a Canadian Artist or Artist team with established public art experience for a permanent public art project at the new Flanders Avenue/Crowchild Trail interchange. Learn More
​Street Art Program for Youth ​Friday, May 19th, 2017 ​From May 24 to Aug. 11, we will be offering a hands-on experience for 14 youth (ages 12 to 17) who are interested in street art. This program is guided by a professional lead artist. Learn more.
​Artist Roster 2017 – 2018 ​Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 
4 p.m. MST
Seeking practicing artists and collectives working in diverse media to submit their applications for consideration to the Artist Roster 2017 – 2018. Apply today
​Indigenous Artist Residency Monday, ​June 5, 2017
4 p.m. MST
​Seeking Treaty 7 and local urban Indigenous artists for a three month long residency from July 10 to October 10, 2017. This is an invitation to Indigenous artists working in a wide range of media and with an interest in public art practices. Apply today
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.

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