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Red Deer puts out call for artists

Public artwork to be installed in City Hall
Canadian artists are invited to compete for a public artwork project at Red Deer City Hall. (Advocate file photo)

Canadian artists, including artist teams, are invited to submit portfolios and expressions of interest in the first stage of a two-stage competition for public artwork to be installed in Red Deer’s City Hall.

City hall’s newly renovated space includes a tile feature wall that can accommodate a large-scale, two-dimensional, or low-relief three-dimensional artwork.

“The goal of incorporating public art to this space is to increase vibrancy while reflecting the spirit of our community. The final artwork should be visually striking, welcoming, contemporary, and have a consideration of place,” says the city.

The city says along with being a portal for interacting with municipal leaders, the building is intended to serve as a symbol of community pride where the city’s diverse population can see themselves represented and be reminded of the special place that they live.

Up to three shortlisted artists will be selected by Oct. 1. Those artists will receive a stipend of $1,500 to provide a detailed proposal and 15-minute virtual presentation to the Public Art Commission on Nov. 8.

The budget for the project is $39,000 and the expected installation date of the completed artwork is spring 2024.

Applications from artists who self-identify as a member of one or more First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities will be prioritized. These specific pieces should be created in a manner that is culturally appropriate to the peoples of this region. Indigenous artwork concepts should consider the significant cultural heritage and legacy of this area, the rich histories, stories and customs that tell of this place, and indigenous perspectives.

Submission requirements include professional experience, CV, biography, portfolio of past projects relevant to this project, letter of interest outlining possible approach to this project, artist statement and philosophy towards public art.

Stage one submission deadline is August 31 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Submissions which do not meet the mandatory requirements will be disqualified and will not be evaluated.

The City of Red Deer will endeavour to complete the evaluation of all compliant responses received within 30 days of the closing deadline.

Applications are accepted online only, through the online e-procurement tool, bids&tendersTM. For more information and to apply, visit

Each respondent must have a Bidding System Vendor Account and must register as a Plan Taker opportunity. There are no fees or charges for accessing or downloading City of Red Deer Opportunities on bids&tendersTM.

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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