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Nogojiwanong Project

Otonabee River RapidsThe Nogojiwanong Project Committee invites Indigenous artists and artist teams residing in Ontario to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a conceptual approach for a site-specific public artwork to be installed at Nogojiwanong—the Place at the Foot of the Rapids on the territories of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe Peoples.

Oversight of this project is being provided by a steering committee comprised of representatives from Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, the Niijkiwendidaa Anishnabekwag Services Circle and City staff.

The Nogojiwanong Project will support innovative proposals from both emerging and established artists working in a range of disciplines and media. Contemporary and traditional disciplines will be considered. Artworks should, in some manner, consider the setting and stories from this land, and bring attention to the evolution of local treaties and inherent treaty rights, in particular Treaty No. 20—the agreement between the Michi Saagiig peoples and the British Crown that made it possible for Europeans to settle in this region. 

Project Details

The full Call to Artists is now available.

This Call to Artists of follows a two-stage selection process.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest:  June 8th 2018 Midnight

Project FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What are the boundaries of Millennium Park?

Millennium Park means the Waterfront Park and Otonabee River Trail area extending north from the railway bridge to Simcoe Street and bounded to the west by Water Street, the MNR Property, and Charlotte Street.

Why hasn’t a site been chosen?

The final site will be determined through the artwork selection process and by the artist’s response to site. We encourage artists to familiarize themselves with, but not be limited by the two sites identified in the call.

Site Option 2 is currently a roadway. Where will the artwork be located?

We are exploring a community de-pave initiative as part of this project. Asphalt and concrete curbs as well as sub-surface granulars will be removed, replaced with soil, and seeded. There may be an opportunity for the commissioned artist to work with the park planners.

What is a Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest?

A Call to Artists is a document that describes a public art opportunity and invites artists to apply. A request for Expressions of Interest means that a full proposal is not required at this stage. An Expression of Interest enables artists to write a short narrative about why a site or project is important or interesting to them and to provide context to their preliminary ideas through examples of previous work.  

Why does the competition follow a two-stage selection process? 

Creating a full proposal without a deep knowledge of the site is counterproductive. A two-stage process builds time into the selection process, enabling artists invited to Stage II to better understand, respect and respond to the site and the community and use that knowledge in the development of a detailed proposal and maquette.   

What is an artist team?

It is not expected that you will have an knowledge of all processes and materials necessary to realize your artwork. It is common practice to supplement any shortcomings by assembling a team of artists or by hiring professionals to help create the work.    

The Call to Artists states that contemporary and traditional disciplines will be considered. What is meant by contemporary and traditional disciplines?

Here we mean to say that traditional approaches such as sculpture and practices with a single focus will be considered, as well as unique collaborations across artforms, such as a multi-disciplinary installation and uses of space that are programmable.

Additional Resources

Images and maps of the Otonabee River from the 19th to mid 20th Century showing the original rail line along the shoreline and the pattern of fill at the bottom of Simcoe and King Streets. 

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