Call for Proposals for Stair Artworks

Location: Canada’s Capital Region

Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Budget: $5,000

Canadian Heritage is seeking a dynamic, impactful image that conveys the theme “Journeys.”

Dogs in front of stair artwork

This theme asks artists to reflect upon the idea of a journey as a means of understanding and growth. Artists may consider the physical and inner journeys that have shaped them, or the collective journeys undertaken by people and communities across Canada in the past, present, or even the future. Artists may also consider the visual implications of the “journey” from one point on the stairs to another.

All genres will be considered – figurative, abstract, collage, photography, trompe l’oeil, pattern, etc.

Two artworks will be chosen by a selection committee to be reproduced on exterior-quality graphic film and installed on stairs at two prominent locations in downtown Ottawa for a one-year period starting in spring 2023. All other eligible submissions will be retained for consideration until August 31, 2023, should additional steps locations become available.

The two winning artists will receive a fee of $5,000 for the exhibition of their artwork.

The competition documents can be accessed here.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 24, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

If you have any questions about this competition, please email artpublic-publicart@pch.gc.ca with the subject line “Stairs 2023”.