Short notice for artists - surprise notice on what city hall plans to do with Civic Aquare

By Pepper Parr

January 25th, 2024



If I were a local artist – I would be ticked at this notice.  Less than ten days to put together an application that offers $20,000 for the first phase of a Call for Artists and $150,000 for the second phase.

And if I were a citizen who kept an eye on what the City administration does I’d be less than pleased to learn that there will be public art in the renovation/upgrade to Civic Square that the public has not heard about.

Here is what the Call for Artists is about,

A rendering of what Civic Square is today.

Request  for Expressions of Interest, Public Art Plan (Phase 1), Civic Square Renewal

Deadline:  Friday, February 2, 2024
Phase 1 Budget:    $20,000
Phase 2 Budget:    $150,000

Application Package:  Civic Square Application Package (PDF)

Online Application:  Civic Square Public Art Plan Online Application Form

The yellow borders are instructive. The yellow box right centre is the new 400 Brant Kitchen and Bar which is not part of the Civic Square renew.. The push into part of James Street is where there is supposed to be public art in front of each building on the north and south sides of James Street.

The City of Burlington invites professional artists and artist-led teams to submit credentials and expressions of interest to create a Public Art Plan for the Civic Square Renewal project.  The selected artist(s) will work directly with the City’s design and architecture teams to develop a Public Art Plan for integrated, permanent public artwork(s) to be installed in Civic Square.  Please note, Phase 1 of this project is for a Public Art Plan (preliminary design concept) only and does not include the engineering, fabrication, or installation of the artwork.


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