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Opportunities for Artists

Our Public Art Program offers a variety of opportunities for professional artists.

Call to artists: International Avenue Public Art project – Site A and Site B

The City of Calgary Public Art Program has an exciting new opportunity for artists or artist teams with public art experience to create permanent artwork along International Avenue (17 Avenue SE), between 26 Street SE and Elliston Park. We are seeking artists who have significant experience with, and relationship to this area in Calgary.

Two different artists or artist teams will be hired to work on two sites (Site A and Site B) along International Avenue (17 Avenue SE).

Please see the RFQs below for more information and details on how to apply. Artists will be hired based on qualifications and past experience. Please DO NOT submit a project proposal / design concepts or prices at this time.

Submission deadline: 4:30 pm MST on Friday, August 9, 2019
In order to ensure all applicants have access to the same information, we have posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions here:International-Avenue-Public-Art-FAQ.pdfInternational-Avenue-Public-Art-FAQ.pdf.

RFQ – Site A
RFQ – Site B

Check back soon!

There will be additional opportunities posted this summer for emerging artists to work along International Avenue. Please email us at if you’d like to be included in the distribution list for these calls.

Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency

The Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency is an opportunity for professional artists to be embedded in Calgary Chinatown, exploring its rich history and culture while engaging with the community as they look to envision the future of the area. This residency aims to support contemporary art practices and facilitate conversations and engagement with the Calgary Chinatown community.

The selected artists will broadly explore the history, culture, built environment, social and political issues relevant to Calgary Chinatown through an intensive 5-day program hosted in November that will highlight different aspects of Calgary Chinatown’s identity. Following this programmed week artists will be invited back for a 3-month residency to build relationships, research and develop new work in relation to the focus of this residency.

The Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency is a partnership between The City of Calgary’s Public Art Program and The New Gallery. Artists will be supported with the time, space and resources to participate in this residency, with up to three artists being selected to participate.

The 5-day programmed week will take place from November 18 -22, 2019 with the 3-month residency beginning in Q2 2020 (exact start date negotiable with artist’s availability).

Submission deadline - September 9

Download submission details

What is a professional artist?

As per the Canada Council for the Arts, we define a professional artist as someone who:

An Auspicious Find by Lori Sobkowich (Prince's Island)
  • 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.

Artist Contact List

Keep up to date with program opportunities and initiatives through our Public Art Email Bulletins.

Please note: Artists are encouraged to watch for opportunities on this site, in local and national newspapers, and on industry related websites and publications. 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.

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