City of Burlington: Call for Indigenous artists for artwork commission

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City of Burlington: Call for Indigenous artists for artwork commission

by ahnationtalk on August 19, 202228 Views

Burlington, Ont.—Aug. 19, 2022— The City of Burlington’s public art program invites First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists to propose artwork that will be installed as vinyl wraps on a series of nine large electrical boxes located in Spencer Smith Park on Lake Ontario in Burlington, Ontario.

This is a design only commission. The City of Burlington will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the vinyl wraps. Artists may create a new artwork concept for this project or reformat an existing artwork. Artwork may be created digitally or can be a digital scans/photograph of visual art or craft, such as painting, photography, textiles, beadwork, pottery, etc.

Nine commissions of $2000 each are available.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. To apply and learn more, visit

About the Project

The City of Burlington, with support of the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Relief Fund is creating an Indigenous Art Walk in Spencer Smith Park. This project seeks to celebrate and honour the work of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. This project will link Spencer Smith Park with other key downtown arts and cultural destinations including Joseph Brant Museum and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The Art Walk will begin with an Indigenous themed crosswalk located at the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Nelson Avenue. This prominent location is an entrance to Spencer Smith Park, with direct connections to the Art Gallery of Burlington and Spencer’s at the Waterfront.

From here, visitors may travel east or west along the waterfront promenade. The electrical boxes are located along the main path and in the park. Heading west, the art walk will end at Joseph Brant Museum, where artist David General has been commissioned to create a largescale sculpture, Conversations and Stories, to be installed in fall 2022.

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Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

“Spencer Smith Park, along with every City facility, park and greenspace is a welcoming and inclusive space. These nine commissions will honour and celebrate the work of First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists as residents and tourists walk along Spencer Smith Park and visit key downtown destinations such as the Joseph Brant Museum and the Art Gallery of Burlington.”

Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture

“Commissioning Indigenous art for Spencer Smith Park is very important. Not only does it create a more beautiful and meaningful space for everyone, but it also helps to remind us of the land we’re on. I’m looking forward to all the wonderful and thoughtful submissions.”

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Media contact:
Carla Marshall
Communications Advisor
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