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Soccer Centre Murals Public Art Project

The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC), on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is seeking a local artist/​artist team to create five artworks to be printed on vinyl and installed on three soccer centres around Edmonton. Emerging artists, Indigenous artists and artists from equity-seeking backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for Request for Qualifications: 11:59 AM MST on Monday, April 222024

Artwork commission budget: $30,000

Project description

The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC), on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is seeking a local artist or artist team (residing in the greater Edmonton area) to create five artworks to be printed on vinyl and installed onto the exterior of three indoor soccer centres. The artwork locations will be at the following Edmonton Soccer Association facilities: 

  • Edmonton South Soccer Centre at 6520 Roper Road NW — Two artworks each measuring approximately 20’ high by 35’ long, installed on the south side wall facing Roper Road
  • Edmonton West Soccer Centre at 17415 106a Avenue NW — One artwork measuring approximately 20’ high by 33’ long, installed on the west side wall facing the parking lot 
  • Edmonton East Soccer Centre at 12720 Victoria Trail NW — Two artworks each measuring approximately 20’ high by 60’ long, installed on the southeast wall facing Hermitage Road and Victoria Trail 

The artwork will be approved by the EAC and stakeholders prior to artwork installation. Printing and installation costs will be paid for by the EAC

While the original artworks can be any visual medium, the selected artist will be expected to translate the work into digital files, as specified by the printing company, that will be printed onto vinyl. Due to the soccer centres being clad in a corrugated metal, text-based works are discouraged as they will appear distorted (see sample image). 

The selected artist or artist team may conduct research and engage with the surrounding community or with the soccer centres when developing concepts for the Soccer Centre Murals Public Art Project. If it is relevant to your process, you may include your preliminary ideas for research and engagement in your submission.


  • Monday, April 22, 2024: Deadline for Request for Qualifications 
  • May 2024: Interviews to select the artist or artist team 
  • July 2024: Final artwork proposal due
  • August 2024: Artwork installation 

These dates are preliminary, and subject to change due to weather conditions.


Background information

About Edmonton

Located in the heart of Treaty No. 6 Territory, Edmonton/​amiskwaciywâskahikan is one of Canada’s youngest and fastest growing cities. The traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous communities, including the Nehiyawak/​Cree, Dene Suliné, Nakota Sioux, Saulteaux, Niitsitapi/​Blackfoot, Métis and the Inuk/​Inuit peoples, Edmonton is home to Canada’s second-largest urban Indigenous community. The city’s continual development as a thriving urban centre encourages ongoing migration of people from across Canada and around the world.

EAC’s Public Art Program

The EAC is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life. The EAC provides stewardship of, and direction for, the City of Edmonton’s Public Art to Enhance Edmonton’s Public Realm Policy.

Edmonton’s 10-year arts and heritage plan, Connections & Exchanges, guides the EAC’s commitment to Indigenous artists and artists from equity-seeking groups. Currently, the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection has underrepresentation from Indigenous artists and artists from marginalized, racialized, and equity-seeking backgrounds. The EAC continues to explore ways to increase representation within the collection by engaging curators and artists as subject matter experts.

Read further about the EAC’s public art program.

EAC’s public art approach

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 not to propose ideas at this time, but instead focus on how they would go about understanding the site and developing artistic concepts.

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

  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 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 non-exclusive 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.

Submission process

Submit through EAC’s online portal at SmartSimple.

  • Complete (or update) an individual profile in SmartSimple. This is required by whoever is submitting the application (the primary applicant).
  • Once a profile has been made, the Soccer Centre Murals Public Art Project application form will be available in SmartSimple under the Open Opportunities” icon. If the applicant already has a profile, the Soccer Centre Murals Public Art Project application will be visible.
  • If the application is for a team or collective, all named members of the team will need individual profiles in SmartSimple by the application deadline.

If you have any questions about the SmartSimple registration process, please contact support@​edmontonarts.​ca.

Support for applicants


Those facing barriers while completing their application may be eligible for Access Support. A barrier can include, but is not limited to, language, culture, physical or cognitive limitations, or any inequity that may complicate completing an application. This support provides funding for specialized assistance with the artists’ application. This could include hiring a qualified typist, interpreter, translator, or other type of support worker to help with submitting a clear application that accurately reflects the artist’s ideas and intentions. Normally, professional grant writers are not supported by this program unless they are assisting the artist with a specific barrier.

Eligible assistance will be supported up to $500. For more information, contact support@​edmontonarts.​ca.


The EAC offers the opportunity for artists submitting to this public art call to have their draft submission reviewed before the deadline. If you would like someone to review your draft, please email support@​edmontonarts.​ca no later than 10 business days before the deadline. The EAC may not be able to accommodate requests for review made after this time.

The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to equity in all aspects of its work and invites proposals from all interested parties. We thank all applicants for their time and professional interest in this call. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to request feedback on their applications.

Submission requirements

Artists must submit the following through SmartSimple for consideration:


  • Individual profile information will automatically upload from your individual profile, this includes your artist statement, biography, CV/​resume and social media information.
  • If applying as a collective, we ask that you provide a separate CV/​resume for each member of the collective (PDF, recommended two pages per document).
  • Collectives are asked to provide an artist statement describing the collective’s or each individual’s overall practice and work, including motivations, themes explored, processes and mediums used. (300 words).
  • Provide an artist biography for each collective member summarizing life and career highlights, and education relevant to their practice (300 words).


  • Explain your interest in this project and how it relates to your current art practice (500 words).
  • Include past experiences that relate to this project. This can include examples such as public art projects, project management, community engagement, etc. (300 words).
  • Explain your connection to Edmonton, the neighbourhood, or the community where the artwork will be situated, if applicable (300 words).
  • Describe how you’ve approached concept development in past projects and/​or how you plan to for this project (300 words).

Artist selection


The commissioned artist or artist team will be chosen through a two-stage selection process. A selection committee will select up to three applicants for the interview process. The three shortlisted artists will be asked to provide contact information for three references. As part of the interview process, the shortlisted artists may be asked to prepare a 10 – 15 minute presentation or to provide further information by email following the interview. The artist will be paid a preparation fee for their presentation. The selection committee will have the opportunity to follow up with questions after the presentation. Following the interviews, one artist or artist team will be selected. The Selection Committee is under no obligation to choose any finalists. All decisions of the Selection Committee are final. The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council reserve the rights to revoke the public art call and/​or public art project.


The Selection Committee includes representation from subject matter experts such as curators, artists, community stakeholders, and project team members. The Edmonton Arts Council will be responsible for all communication, either verbally or in writing, between artists making submissions and members of the Selection Committee. Any communication between applicants and Selection Committee members regarding submissions or the competition may result in disqualification. While every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage, the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council and their agents, and the Selection Committee shall not be liable for any loss or damage, however caused.

The Edmonton Arts Council thanks all applicants in advance, and will only be contacting applicants who are invited for interviews. Please email support@​edmontonarts.​ca if you wish to follow up on your submission.

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Need help with your application?

If you have questions about the SmartSimple registration process, or would like more information or clarification on any aspect of your application, contact the Edmonton Arts Council: phone 7804242787 or email: support@​edmontonarts.​ca.