Call for Proposals - Downtown Mural Project

Posted Jun 2, 2017

Call for Proposals                 

City of Peterborough— 2017 Downtown Mural Project


Figure 1 YES Shelter for Youth and Families, (Photo Credit: W. Trusler)

The City of Peterborough invites artists to submit proposals for the installation of an outdoor mural in Peterborough, Ontario.

Thiscall is open to professional artists working in the following Ontario counties: Peterborough, Northumberland, Durham, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac and Prince Edward Counties.

Deadline: Friday, July 14th, 2017 (Midnight)

Project Background and Intent

The City of Peterborough’s Public Art Program helps to create culturally enriched public spaces that foster a sense of place andan emotional attachment to Peterborough’s urban and natural environment.

This is the second phase of a five-year initiative, conceived in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Association (DBIA), to commission public art murals on private sites in the city’s core. The projects are intended to generate and continue interest and awareness of public art in the downtown.

The Downtown Mural Project will support innovative proposals from both emerging and established artists working in a range of disciplines and media. Artworks may be created directly on the wall or on panels affixed to it (Site Inspection Dependent). The mural will remain on site for a period of up to five years from execution, giving the property owner the option to renew the term thereafter in five-year increments.

Beyond improving the appearance of the chosen location, the artwork should in some manner consider the community in which it will be installed and include engagement with the staff and clients at the 2017 host site — YES Shelter for Youth and Families. More information about the site can be found on the YES shelter’s website and in the videos links provided.


The 2017 downtown mural site is the east-facing brick facade of the YES Shelter for Youth and Families. The wall measures approximately 1271 square feet and is highly visible both to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It is located at 196 Brock Street, adjacent to a municipal parking lot. The expected completion of the artwork is autumn 2017.

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AuthorJoel Wiebe

Date Posted Jun 2, 2017, 4:25 pm