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Public art calls

Creating a work of public art is an opportunity to use your artform to connect communities, create memorable urban places, and build an inclusive, attractive, liveable, healthy, and thriving city for the future.

The EAC’s approach to selecting artists for public art opportunities places an emphasis on the potential of what an artist might create for the public realm. Artists are asked to first consider the site, and then develop artistic concepts specific to each unique setting and the needs of the surrounding community.

A mural depicting blue, green and orange shapes and swirls floats above a blue pool, the pool reflects the image.
Neon Sky by Victoria Wiercinski, photo by Doyle C Marko

request for qualifications

103A Avenue Pedway Public Art Project

The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC), on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is seeking a local or national artist/​artist team to create an artwork to be installed in the 103A Avenue Pedway. 

Deadline for Request for Qualifications: 11:59 AM MST on Monday, March 252024

Artwork commission budget: $140,000

Bring your vision to life.

The EAC’s approach to selecting artists for public art opportunities places an emphasis on the potential of what an artist might create for the public realm. Artists are asked to first consider the site, and then develop artistic concepts specific to each unique setting and the needs of the surrounding community.

In general, public art projects are broken down into multiple phases (see sample contract template below): 

1. Contract signing 

2. Concept development 

3. Detailed design 

4. Fabrication and Installation 

5. Project completion and accession into the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection

The selected artist will enter a three-way contract with the EAC and the City of Edmonton. The EAC oversees the artist’s contract deliverables and supports the artist through all phases. Artists are encouraged to review the sample contract template below prior to application.

The successful artist(s) must guarantee that their artwork is original and does not violate the copyright of another person. The successful artist(s) must also be prepared to grant and license to the City of Edmonton and the EAC the exclusive right to exhibit the artwork in perpetuity and the nonexclusive right to photograph or videotape the artwork for promotion or distribution, without further compensation.

The artist retains copyright as the creator of the artwork. The City of Edmonton will not alter the artwork without prior consultation with the artist(s). The City of Edmonton reserves the right to move or de-accession the artwork if necessary and will make every effort to notify the artist.

Artworks created for the public realm have unique requirements. For the finished artwork to last, the artist(s) must consider sound design, materials, building methods, safety, and exposure to external risks. The EAC works with artists, conservators, and technical experts to advise and plan lifecycle management.

A realistic statue of a magpie sits on top of a white skeleton of a globe. The photo looks up towards the artwork and the sky.
The Magpies' Nests by Kevin Sehn & Chai Duncan, photo by Doyle C. Marko Photography

Draft contract

Prior to submitting an application for a public art call, review the EAC’s Draft Public Art Contract.

Large stone slabs sit in at the end of a gravel path in a grassy nook. The slabs are etched with Indigenous beadwork patterns.
Preparing to Cross the Sacred River by Marianne Nicholson, photo by EAC

Public Art Approach

Read about the EAC’s shifting approach to selecting artists for public art opportunities.