Indoor-Outdoor: The Public Art for Public Facilities Project

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Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that the City of Peterborough is on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. We offer our gratitude to the First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we honour those teachings.


The City of Peterborough Public Art Program invites artists to submit two-dimensional artworks to be considered for public art installations at municipal facilities across the City.

Project Background and Vision 

The Public Art Program produces contemporary artwork to enhance and animate public spaces throughout the city, create landmarks and gathering places, and to commemorate events and sites of historical significance.

Indoor-Outdoor is a two-stage public art project that will integrate artwork created by local artists into City parks, recreation facilities, and City Hall. The intention is to enrich these spaces and bring art into the daily lives of citizens frequenting them. Stage one (Indoor) will be completed in early 2023. Stage two (Outdoor) will be completed later in the year.

This call seeks original new, recent, or past works for indoor facilities. Selected artworks will be installed and displayed for a year to eighteen-month term at either City Hall, The Kinsmen Civic Centre, Healthy Planet Arena, or The Wellness Centre. The artworks will rotate between sites at the end of the first and each subsequent term.

The Indoor artworks will be mounted in the main foyers of each facility and are among the first things visitors will first see upon entering. Artworks envisioned for each space will help create an inviting atmosphere where visitors will feel comfortable playing, exercising, and gathering. Beyond this, artworks should in some way speak to the spirit of sport and consider the inherent relationship between beauty and skill.

Additional Details

  • The walls at each site will accommodate artworks measuring 4x4 feet. No other dimensions will be considered.
  • Works must be ready to install and, if necessary, framed in wooden frames behind Plexiglas.
  • Artists may submit up to three works for consideration.

Commission Value: $4,500

Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 4 p.m.

The Public Art Program is committed to supporting artists by providing resources and staff support through the course of project development and realization. Please read the full call and application before submitting your application.

Who Can Apply?

This opportunity is open to professional artists and cultural practitioners living in the City of Peterborough, County of Peterborough, Hiawatha First Nation, or Curve Lake First Nation.

 Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or people upon whom refugee protection has been conferred.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Equity and Inclusion

The Public Art Program seeks to embody the values, policies and practices that ensure that all people — including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geography, or religion — are represented in the planning, selection, and production of art in public places.

Special attention to the importance of artwork created by Black, Indigenous, and racialized artists, as well as other Equity-deserving Groups is appropriate and essential to the future of the arts sector.

Accommodation & Accessibility

The Public Art Program is committed to open, fair, and transparent processes. Staff are available to assist applicants, answer questions and provide feedback on your drafted application, up to two days before the deadline. Please contact us as early as you can to ensure we can provide the best support possible. We are available to provide support through email, over the phone, or the use of audio and video platforms. To book an appointment please contact Public Art Facilitator, Wendy Trusler.

Submission Guidelines

You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Title of Work(s) (No more than 3)
  2. Artist Statement/ Description of Work(s)
  3. Biography: (250 words max)
  4. Current Artist CV: No more than 3 pages.
  5. Visual Support Material with Support Material List: (Maximum of 3 works)

Visual support material should be labeled numerically with the applicant’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.).

The support material list should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

How to Apply

Applications for this project will be accepted online through the Submittable platform. To use Submittable, you will need to register for a free account.

 Apply now: Indoor-Outdoor

Submission Deadline: Thursday December 15, at 4 p.m.

We thank all artists contributing their time and professional work for this call for submissions. Applications that do not adhere to these criteria, are late or incomplete will be disqualified. All applicants will be notified with the selection committee’s decision by early January.

Selection Process & Criteria

A selection committee composed of five voting members will review all submissions. The selection committee will represent a diversity of artistic, cultural practices and expertise, and include two members of the City’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee (ACHAC), three members from the community at large, and non-voting advisors as required.

The selection committee will discuss each application and select four artworks considering artistic merit, relevance, and feasibility.

Project Timeline

Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 4 p.m.

Artist Notification and Contract Signing: Early January, 2023

Art Delivery: Mid to late January, 2023

Art Installation: Early February, 2023

About this Opportunity   

Indoor-Outdoor was developed in consultation with the Recreation Division and Accessibility Office. It was made possible by a Funding for Public Art Resolution of Council in November 2021 and is being administered through the City’s Public Art Program.

Please direct questions to:

Wendy Trusler, Public Art Facilitator

City of Peterborough