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Artist Studio Program

The Artist Studio Program is a unique venture that assists local and regional established and emerging artists within 150 km of Ottawa to access studio space in city buildings.

This studio program is intended to foster professional development in the arts and expose the public to visual art through studio visits, exhibitions and events. 

Short-Term Studios 

The Artist Studio Program is a unique venture that assists local and regional established and emerging artists within 150 km of Ottawa to access studio space in city buildings. This studio program is intended to foster professional development in the arts and expose the public to visual art through studio visits, exhibitions and events. 

Short-Term Studios – Total of ten studios available annually, with five or six month terms; a small liability insurance fee is required.

Short-Term Studios are project based studio spaces and are made available to graduate/emerging artists, environmental artists, community-based artists, First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and artists participating in the Young at Art program.

2016 application form

Submissions to the Artist Studio Program will be reviewed every one and one half years.

Short-Term Studios Eligibility

Project-based short-term studio spaces made available to:

  • Graduate or emerging artists, environmental artists, community-based artists, First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, New Canadian artists and participants in the Young at Art program
  • Artists currently living within 150 km of Ottawa

Selection Criteria

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • A record of exhibition, study, practice, mentorship or recognition by peers in the visual arts field
  • Ability to work co-operatively with other studio residents and City staff
  • Ability to work in a communal studio in occasional view of the public
  • Responsibility for clean, efficient, safe and healthy studio operation
  • Commitment to participate in visual arts programming
  • Self-motivation

The Studio Program includes:

  • the use of a visual arts studio
  • participation in the annual Open House
  • access to public parking
  • shared facilities with ASP Long-Term Studios

Studio Artists:

  • must provide all their own materials and supplies
  • must uphold City of Ottawa smoke free regulations
  • may not use the studio as housing or accommodation
  • may not use the studio as classrooms for private lessons.
  • may not park in the Gamman or Gardener's House's driveway (loading zone only)
  • may not use toxic art materials in their art studios

Insurance:

The artist is required to purchase liability insurance at the time of signing a short-term studio agreement or show proof of liability insurance ($1 million to $2 million)

  • The City assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any of the artist's property.

Artwork Suitable for ASP Events & Community Interaction

The City of Ottawa Artist Studio Programs are located within buildings that are designed as "people places" where the general public are invited to visit. The artist, when participating in an exhibition or interacting with the public, is asked to keep in mind that the visual arts exhibition spaces or the Artist Studio Program may not be suitable venues for exhibiting all forms of artwork.

Exhibition

Artist Studio Program Agreements:
  • Artists selected for studio terms and exhibition of artwork will be engaged through "Artist Studio Program Agreements".
  • The City of Ottawa is not involved in the sale of exhibition artwork.
  • The artist may sell his/her work during their studio term therefore no CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes) fees will be paid to the artist. The artist is responsible for the sales transaction, the pickup and/or delivery of any artwork sold.
  • During the exhibition term all pieces of artwork are to remain on exhibition for the duration of the event.
  • Artworks on exhibit will be subject to a Peer Assessment Committee process by the Artists' Studio Program. If a complaint is received with reference to an artwork then the Peer Assessment Committee will put in place "selective viewing."
Copyright / Moral Rights

Copyright of artworks shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights shall remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.

Confidentiality of Information

Administrators and the Peer Assessment Committee are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the Peer Assessment Committee as confidential. Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa staff, committees, and members of the Peer Assessment Committee. Personal information contained therein shall be dealt with on a confidential basis pursuant to the Municipal Freedom and Protection Privacy Act.

Final Authority

Each Peer Assessment Committee is made up of three members from the arts community who are chosen based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. The members of the Peer Assessment Committee are different for each call for proposals.

The decisions of the Peer Assessment Committee on all matters pertaining to the assessment of artwork related to ASP studio application shall be final.

Deadline and Notification

Submissions are ongoing postmarked or received by hand or mail. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

  • Successful studio applicants will be notified by e-mail of Peer Assessment Committee selection by the end of December
  • Dates of Studio terms are subject to revision under certain circumstances determined by City staff
  • Due to the large number of applications, submission feedback will not be provided.

Application Checklist

  1. All interested artists are invited to submit their application to the City of Ottawa's
    ASP Process by Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4:30PM
  2. Enclose with the completed attached application, your curriculum vitae (three pages, paper format), 6 (six) .jpg digital images (72 dpi.) on CD or USB.
    Label each file (image) with a number and title and date. Example: 01_ Title_Date.jpg
  3. Please submit one (1) CD or DVD or USB containing digital images.

    Please note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of a LCD projection system during the juried selection.

    Artists submitting support material that does not correspond to the following guidelines will not be considered.

    Digital images must be:
  • PC compatible .jpg, .tiff, or .bmp format
  • 72 dpi, no larger than 2 MB each
  • RGB format with a maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width)
  • Named with the number corresponding to the image list followed by title and date of completion, separating each with an underscore (Example: 01_ Title_Date.jpg)
  • ASP will not accept materials that require software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed
  • ASP will not accept images that are imbedded in any type of presentation, such as PowerPoint, websites or Word
  • Please use the Image List Template below to describe your images and place images in order of creation (most recent artwork first)
  • You are responsible to test your submission materials to ensure readability.
  1. Attach your curriculum vitae to the application form.
  2. Support material sent for Artists' Studio Program submissions will not be returned.
  3. Should you have any questions or desire more information, please contact Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer at 613-596-5783 or email at penelope.kokkinos@ottawa.ca.

Long-Term Studios

Seventeen studios, each with three-year studio agreements; rental and liability insurance fees are required.

Three year (monthly) rental, potentially renewable for up to three additional years, depending on community need for visual art studio space and results from Peer Assessment Committee selection process.

Individual (not shared) studios are available to emerging or established artists.

Submissions to the Artist Studio Program will be reviewed every one and one half years.

2015 application form

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Long-Term Studios Eligibility

Long-term studio rental spaces available to:

  • Emerging or established artists currently living within 150 km of Ottawa
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and New Canadian artists are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

The applicant must demonstrate:
  • A record of exhibition, study, practice, mentorship or recognition by peers in the visual arts field
  • Ability to work co-operatively with other studio residents and City staff
  • Ability to work in a communal studio in occasional view of the public
  • Responsibility for clean, efficient, safe and healthy studio operation
  • Commitment to participate in visual arts programming
  • Self-motivation
The Studio Program includes:
  • the use of a studio
  • one group or solo exhibition per year in the ASP gallery
  • participation in the annual Open House
  • access to public parking
  • shared facilities with ASP short-term studios
Studio Artists:
  • must provide all their own materials and supplies
  • must uphold City of Ottawa smoke free regulations
  • may not use the studio as housing or accommodation
  • may not use the studio as classrooms for private lessons.
  • may not park in the Gamman or Gardener's House's driveway (loading zone only)
  • may not use toxic art materials in their art studios
Insurance:

The artist is required to purchase liability insurance at the time of signing a studio rental agreement or show proof of liability insurance ($1 million to $2 million)

  • The City assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any of the artist's property.
 Artwork Suitable for ASP Events & Community Interaction:

The City of Ottawa Artists' Studio Programs are located within buildings that are designed as "people places" where the general public is invited to visit. The artist, when participating in an exhibition or interacting with the public, is asked to keep in mind that the visual arts exhibition spaces or the Artist's Studio Program may not be suitable venues for exhibiting all forms of artwork.

 Exhibition

Artist Studio Program Agreements:
  • Artists selected for studio rental terms will be engaged through "Artist Studio Program Agreements".
  • The artist may sell his/her work during their studio term therefore no CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes) fees will be paid to the artist. The artist is responsible for the sales transaction, the pickup and/or delivery of any artwork sold.
  • During the exhibition term all pieces of artwork are to remain on exhibition for the duration of the event.
  • If artwork is sold during the Open House exhibition the artist will pay a 15% commission on all sales to the Young at Art fund.
  • The City of Ottawa is not involved in the sale of exhibition artwork.
  • Artworks on exhibit will be subject to a Peer Assessment Committee process for approval by the Artists' Studio Program. If during the term of exhibition, the integrity of an artwork is put in question then the Peer Assessment Committee may put in place "selective viewing"
Copyright/moral rights 

Copyright of artworks shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights shall remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.

Confidentiality of information 

Administrators and Peer Assessment Committee are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the Peer Assessment Committee as confidential.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa staff, committees, and members of the Peer Assessment Committee. Personal information contained therein shall be dealt with on a confidential basis pursuant to the Municipal Freedom and Protection Privacy Act.

Final authority

Each Peer Assessment Committee is made up of three members from the arts community who are chosen based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. The members of the Peer Assessment Committee are different for each call for proposals.

The decisions of the Peer Assessment Committee on all matters pertaining to the assessment of artwork related to ASP studio application shall be final.

Deadline and notification

Submissions must be postmarked or received by hand or mail no later than Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

  • Successful studio applicants will be notified by e-mail of Peer Assessment Committee selection by the end of December
  • Dates of Studio terms are subject to revision under certain circumstances determined by City staff
  • Due to the large number of applications, submission feedback will not be provided.
  • If you are not selected for the 2015 ASP Program you are encouraged to reapply 2016.
Application and selection process
  • Artwork in all media will be considered; however, due to studio size and insurance constraints, large-scale art practices such as sculpture, pottery and similar activities cannot be accommodated by these studios. Only non toxic art materials can be used.
  • It is recommended that the images reflect work that has been completed in the last two years and be representative of the intended direction of the artist's studio practice.

Application checklist

1. All interested artists are invited to submit their application to the City of Ottawa's
ASP Process by Friday, November 13, 2015 at 4:30PM

2. Enclose with the completed attached application, your curriculum vitae (three pages, paper format), 6 (six) .jpg digital images (72 dpi.) on CD or USB.
Label each file (image) with a number and title and date. Example: 01_ Title_Date.jpg

3. Please submit one (1) CD or DVD or USB containing digital images.
Please note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of a LCD projection system during the juried selection.

Artists submitting support material that does not correspond to the following guidelines will not be considered.

Digital Images must be:

  • PC compatible .jpg, .tiff, or .bmp format
  • 72 dpi, no larger than 2 MB each
  • RGB format with a maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width)
  • Named with the number corresponding to the image list followed by title and date of completion, separating each with an underscore (Example: 01_ Title_Date.jpg)
  • ASP will not accept materials that require software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed
  • ASP will not accept images that are imbedded in any type of presentation, such as PowerPoint, websites or Word
  • Please use the Image List Template below to describe your images and place images in order of creation (most recent artwork first)

You are responsible to test your submission materials to ensure readability.

4. Attach your curriculum vitae to the application form.

5. Support material sent for Artist Studio Program submissions will not be returned.

Questions

Please contact Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer at 613-596-5783.

Studio locations

Gamman House 
306 Cyr Avenue, Vanier

Three studio spaces situated in a site recommended for designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act as a building of cultural heritage value for historical and architectural reasons. This space contains long-term and short-term studios. Street parking, OC Transpo nearby

Occupancy: March 2016 for Gamman House

Gamman House Floorplan

Gardener's House
104 Greenview Avenue, Britannia Beach

Four studio spaces are located at Britannia Beach across from Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre inside a small, renovated bungalow formerly occupied by the grounds keeper. This space contains long-term and short-term studios. Parking, bicycle path and OC Transpo on site.

Occupancy: March 2016 for Gardener’s House

Gardener's House Floorplan 

Stafford Studios
35 Stafford Road (NCAC Bells Corners)

Nine studio spaces are located in Bells Corners on the same site as the Nepean Creative Arts Centre. This space contains long-term and short-term studios. Parking, OC Transpo nearby.

Occupancy: February 2016 for Stafford Studios

Stafford Studios Floorplan

Jockvale House

NEW - Fourth Artist Studio Program location!

Jockvale House studios are situated in a heritage structure originally built as a one-room schoolhouse.

Centrally located in Barrhaven: 3131 Jockvale Rd. provides 4 light filled artist studios

Parking and local transit available.

Community Arts + Social Engagement

Who we are

CASE is dedicated to working with diverse populations across the city by offering free programs, projects, and creative opportunities in partnership with artists, arts organizations, institutions and community groups.

What we do

  • CASE offers permanent and temporary commissioning opportunities to local community-based artists.
  • Establishes an inclusive approach to partnerships involving community stakeholders.
  • Incubates and supports new programs, events, and community initiatives.

Opportunities and volunteering

  • CASE offers internship and volunteer opportunities.
  • Contact us with your request and qualifications.
  • For more information reach us at:CommunityArtsCommunautaires@ottawa.ca

Past projects

Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 - Before I Die

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Artist: Candy Chang - Location: SAW Gallery, Foster Farm Community Centre, Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Ottawa Community Housing, Nuit Blanche 2012, Foster Farm Community Centre

This project was installed at SAW Gallery in September 2012 for 2 weeks with an opening during Nuit Blanche 2012. It was dismantled and reinstalled at Foster Farm Community Centre for 3 weeks in October 2012. Our goal, in partnership with SAW Gallery, was to have the project installed in the centre of the city and at a less central, suburban location.

Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012 - I Wish This Was 

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Artist: Candy Chang - Location: Downtown Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Nuit Blanche 2012

This temporary project was initiated by SAW Gallery and Community Arts + Social Engagement during the night of Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2012. The premise is to find an abandoned building or vacated area in your city and to imagine the potential of what it could be. In this case, our team respectfully placed removable stickers on an abandoned building in downtown Ottawa and let the community fill in the blanks hoping to capture a unique and diverse vision of Ottawa.

Mission²

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Designer: David Rust-Smith & Grant McLaughlin - Location: The Ottawa Mission, Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Bibz Games, the Ottawa Mission

This project involved 4 participants from the Stepping Stones learning program at the Ottawa Mission. Each participant was given the opportunity to participate in a series of creative writing and basic design workshops with the goal of developing an avatar based on the individual stories of the participants. The following results were implemented into a video game developed by Bibz Games and uploaded online. The objective is to select a character and move through the various levels. In doing so, the player learns about the individual participant’s struggles and triumphs, and ultimately becomes aware about issues faced by the homeless and the resources available in Ottawa.

Creative City Summit of Canada 2013- IN/Digitized

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Artists: OO7 Collective – Barry Ace, Rosalie Favell, Ron Noganosh, Frank Shebageget, Ariel Smith, Leo Yerxa, and Special Agent Robert Houle - Location: SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Creative City Network of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, The National Gallery of Canada

As part of the Creative City Summit in Ottawa May 2013, Community Arts + Social Engagement presented IN/Digitized: Indigenous Culture in a Digital World from May 23 to May 31, 2013 at SAW Gallery. This exhibition featured new works by the OO7 Collective (Ottawa, Ontario 7) featuring OO7 Special Agent guest artist Robert Houle. This exhibition was also in tandem with the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibition Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art.

Creative City Summit of Canada 2013 - Quadriga

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Artists: Max Streicher - Location: Arts Court, Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, SAW Gallery, Creative City Network of Canada, Ontario Arts Council.

As part of the Creative City Summit in Ottawa May 2013, Galerie SAW Gallery and Community Arts + Social Engagement presented the large scale installation Quadriga on the rooftop of Arts Court. The curator states “From a distance, these inflatable horse sculptures appear to be imposing marble masses, but upon closer scrutiny, we notice that the elements make them living and breathing creatures as fragile as the rest of us.” (Jason St-Laurent, Galerie SAW Gallery). This project was installed from May 29 to June 11, 2013.

We Make The City! - Agit POV

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Artist: Alexandre Castonguay - Location: Vanier Sugar Shack, Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Artengine, Make the City! We Are the City! 

AGIT P.O.V (Petit Objet de Vélo) was a project presented by Community Arts + Social Engagement, Artengine, and Alexandre Castonguay as part of We Make the City! We Are the City! the theme for Artengine’s 2013 festival. Agit P.O.V is a simple project designed to give you and your bicycle a voice in the city. It is a micro hack for bicycles that relies on the persistence of vision (POV) effect. Built in collaboration with participants from the community we will illuminate the streets with personal and poetic messages. This is made possible by a modest 7 LED circuit, a micro computer as well as the power of the cyclist involved.

Creative City Summit of Canada 2013 - By Day By Night

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Publication by: APT613 - Location: Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, APT613,  Creative City Network of Canada, Ontario Arts Council

As part of the Creative City Summit held in Ottawa, Community Arts + Social Engagement in partnership with local blog APT613, developed a tailored and curated guide for conference delegates, tourists, and Ottawans. The guide showcases local favourites – restaurants, cafes, bike paths, shops, galleries, and highlights conference projects. The objective was to give conference delegates, and the local community, a broad perspective of what the city offers, and the diverse communities within.

Arboretum Arts Festival - Architectural Features

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Architects: Various - new graduates and emerging architects from Carleton University Architectural Program - Location: Arts Court, Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Arboretum Festival, Nepean Creative Arts Centre

In partnership with Arboretum Arts Festival, Community Arts + Social Engagement developed a pilot project to determine how the program could integrate into a festival setting. The objective was to work with a group of emerging architects selected by Arboretum Arts Festival and undergo the challenge of developing artistic features for the festival grounds. Part of this project included construction space provided by Nepean Creative Arts Centre. The final product included the realization of benches, tables, stage decorations and various adornments, working with the theme of Breaking Ground (emphasizing the future redevelopment of Arts Court, and the progress of the festival, within the city).

Public Art Commission – Fire Station 46 & 47

Fire station

Artist: Michael Kinghorn - Location: Fire Station 46 – 34 Iber Road, Stittsville, ON and Fire Station 47 3559 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, ON

Partners: Community Arts + Social Engagement, Ottawa Fire Services, Public Art Program

Local artist Michael Kinghorn was selected as the winner of the public art competition for Fire Stations 46 & 47. Kinghorn developed, designed and implemented two original works, Overhaul and Collapse, based on community interaction, dialogue and with the fire fighters and staff at 46 and 47.

As an artist, Michael Kinghorn has been exploring the use of found objects since 1987. Applying his skills as a blacksmith and welder, he recycles these objects into inspirational sculptural works. Working with geometric forms, he combines found objects with layers of steel and copper to create unique pieces that explore life in the 21st century. Since 1994, Kinghorn has been working out of his studio, forging decorative ironwork, creating sculptures and periodically teaching students and training apprentices.

Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2013 – Nova Express

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Artists: Gerald and Maas, Allison Rowe, Dominique Sirois, the Think Tank that has yet to be named, and Guillermo Trejo. Curated by Michael Davidge. - Location: Byward Market, on the corner of George and William.

Partners: Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean Creative Arts Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and the Shenkman Arts Centre and Nuit Blanche Ottawa+ Gatineau.

Michael Davidge was chosen through a juried Call to Curators to put together a project for Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2013, which took place in the night of September 21st - 22nd. The project Nova Express connected to the festival’s theme Supernova!, with the idea of creating an instillation that mimicked the explosion of ongoing information that we encounter. Nova Express brought together local, national and international artists, from a variety of disciplines.

Creative City Summit of Canada 2013 - Power Plays

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Artists: Rehab Nazzal, Bear Witness, Josée Dubeau and Ryan Stec. Curated by Christopher Rohde. - Location: Web based

Partners: SAW Video, Creative City Network of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council.

Power Plays is an online selection of four videos that explore how new technologies are currently diversifying and accelerating. Curated for the 2013 Creative City Summit, the videos were released online one by one over the course of the summit (May 28, 29, 30, 31) and are still posted on the SAW Video website http://www.sawvideo.com/programming/screeningroom/curated

Creative City Summit of Canada 2013 - The Post Card Project

Basil AlZeri

Artists: Basil AlZeri - Location: Byward Market, on the corner of George and William.

Partners: The Ottawa Art Gallery, Creative City Network of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council.

The Postal Card Project was an interactive installation in the Byward Market, active from May 29th to May 31st, 11:00 am to 6:00pm as part of the 2013 Creative City Summit. The public were invited to interact with the artist, chose one of the seven post cards that he had created around the theme of Canadian identity and immediately send it out with the provided postage. 

National Youth Arts Week 2013 - You Create Youth Create

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Artist: Various  - Location: Arts Court

Partners: The Ottawa Art Gallery, Artengine, Jerry Longboat, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, National Youth Arts Week.

This event provided free creative family and youth workshops as part of National Youth Arts Week in the Capital to celebrate youth initiative and youth engagement in arts and culture. The Ottawa Art Gallery, Artengine and Jerry Longboat, showcased their youth programming with free drop-in workshops on May 5, 2013 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Reoccurring projects

Art Animation Team

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Partners: The Ottawa Art GalleryArtengineOttawa Public Library

The Arts Animation team is composed of a multidisciplinary talented group of students, each with experience in music, visual art, theatre, dance, written/spoken word and media arts. The team creates and delivers innovative multidisciplinary arts workshops across the city; including community centres, libraries, the Night Art Market, and the Mini Maker fair. This year as a new initiative, the team worked with The Ottawa Art Gallery and Artengine to showcase their public programming.

Lunchtime Performing Arts Series

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Each Thursday of the summer, the City invites the community to experience the arts at select wading pool parks in Ottawa. Diverse performances take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., while the Major Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities for all ages including arts activities by the Arts Animation team, games and special groups.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation - I Love to Dance

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Partners: Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation.

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart I Love to Dance Program is offered to children who have never had the opportunity to follow instructional dance classes or perform on stage. This program runs each winter across the city and provides children with free dance classes and a final performance and wrap-up party at the end of the program.

Special Needs Theatre Classes

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Location: Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Partners: Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Specialized Theatre courses offered by the City of Ottawa to participants with Special Needs. Classes are conceived of by a professional actor/director. The course culminates in a final performance for family and friends.

Karsh-Masson call for proposals

Deadline: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

In recognition of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program will mark this milestone with a special thematic exhibition season and by giving priority consideration to proposals by First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants.

To acknowledge the 150th year the City invites professional artists, artist collectives and curators working in visual arts, media arts and fine craft to propose exhibitions that address an overarching thematic: “Mapping.”

“Mapping is a fundamental way of converting personal knowledge to transmittable knowledge.”
-Arthur Howard Robinson, The Nature of Maps

Mapping includes ways of knowing, organizing and presenting the world as well as our place in it and in relation to others. It helps us track where we’ve been and where we’re going. In addition to cartography, the term mapping has been used in reference to biological, psychological and digital terrains, among others. Mapping can be physical, cultural and emotional. Like an art practice it is a process in constant transformation.

Introduction

A public gallery is a forum for the exploration of diverse ideas. The City exhibits artwork in all media that are of interest and importance to the community, that foster a sense of who we are, and that reflect current artistic practice. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding and interpretation of our past and present through the gallery program.

Exhibitions at Karsh-Masson Gallery feature the work of professional artists working in visual art, media art and fine craft, including solo, two-person and group exhibitions; curated exhibitions; exhibitions from the diplomatic sector; and circulating exhibitions from other institutions.

Annual exhibition programming includes artist talks, exhibition tours and panel discussions as well as one exhibition of the City of Ottawa Art Collection and one exhibition of artwork by a graduating student from the University of Ottawa MFA program.

Proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery in 2017.

Karsh-Masson Gallery is located on the main level at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Karsh-Masson Gallery floor plan [PDF - 163 KB]

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. If you are unable to view documents or require alternative file formats, please contact us.

Artist information meetings

Information meetings will be held on the following dates and locations. A short bilingual presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

  • Wednesday, March 16 at 6 pm, Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 250 City Centre Avenue, room 2
  • Monday, March 21 at 7 pm, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Festival Boardroom (ground floor near Laurier entrance)
  • Saturday, March 26 at 1 pm, Gallery 101, 51 Young Street Suite B

Eligibility

This call for proposals is open to professional visual artists, artist collectives and curators who are emerging, mid-career or established, and working in visual arts, media arts, fine craft, design and other new art forms.

A professional artist is someone who has specialized training in his or her artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions), who is recognized by his or her peers as such, is committed to his or her artistic activity, and has a history of public presentation.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community in areas such as gender, official language, ethnicity and disability.

The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation.

Applications from artists and curators of diverse origins including First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged.

The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges, and therefore accepts applications in both English and French.

Applicants who have exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery within the last two consecutive years are not eligible to apply. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The peer assessment committee will only consider one exhibition proposal per applicant.

Artwork exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery that requires electrical components must be approved and inspected in accordance with the rules defined in the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC), as well as Canadian Standards Association (CSA) prior to acceptance by or installation at the Gallery. For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Authority at www.esasafe.com or call 1-977-ESA-SAFE (372-7233).

Peer assessment committee

Each peer assessment committee is made up of three art professionals who review proposals using the assessment criteria stated below. Peer assessment committee members are invited to participate by City employees based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment.

The composition of each peer assessment committee aims to balance representation of artistic specialization, practice, style, and philosophy, as well as fair representation of official languages, gender, geographic areas, and culture-specific communities.

The members of the peer assessment committee change for every exhibition season. If you are interested in participating as a peer assessment committee member or nominating a candidate, please contact us.

Assessment

Proposals for the Karsh-Masson Gallery 2017 exhibition season will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit
  • regional importance and innovation
  • professionalism and cohesiveness of the artwork samples
  • quality of the written proposal statement
  • relevance of the proposal to the overarching theme of “Mapping”
  • appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space

In 2017, priority consideration will be given to proposals by First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants.

Proposal guidelines & requirements

A complete proposal must include the support material listed below.

Proposals may be written in English or French.

Support material must be saved on a CD, DVD or USB device in a PC-compatible file format. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address on or with the CD, DVD or USB device. If you do not have access to these formats, please contact us for alternative arrangements.

The following support materials are required:

  1. Proposal statement
    One electronic copy of a proposal statement describing the proposed exhibition’s content and how it relates to the overarching theme of “Mapping” (two pages maximum). File formats must be PC-compatible and include PDF, TXT, DOC, and DOCX.
     
  2. Proposal synopsis
    One electronic copy of a synopsis summarizing the proposal statement (80 words maximum). Your synopsis will be referred to by the peer assessment committee as a quick reference during deliberations. File formats must be PC-compatible and include PDF, TXT, DOC, and DOCX.
     
  3. Current résumé
    One electronic copy of a current artistic résumé (three pages maximum). Résumé must include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address (if applicable). If multiple artists are involved, include each artist’s résumé and indicate one contact person. File formats must be PC-compatible and include PDF, TXT, DOC, and DOCX.
    If you are eligible for priority consideration, please identify this at the top of your résumé. For example: Priority consideration – First Nations.
     
  4. Image / media list
    One electric copy of an image or media list that includes the following information about each example of artwork submitted: artist’s name, title of artwork, date of creation, material and support, metric dimensions, and duration of artwork (if applicable). File formats must be PC-compatible and include PDF, TXT, DOC, and DOCX. Order images by year of creation (most recent artwork first). If you require an image / media list template, please contact us.
     
  5. Digital images and/or video or new media files
    Ten digital image files or ten minutes total of film/video/new media content that support the proposal statement and follow the guidelines listed below.
    1. At least half of support materials submitted must be artwork that will be included in your final exhibition should your proposal be successful.
    2. All support material files must be saved on the CD, DVD or USB device (no zip disks, website hyperlinks, email, or presentations such as PowerPoint).
    3. Applicants are responsible for testing support materials to ensure readability.
    4. Applicants who wish to include a combination of digital images and video/new media content:
    5. Submit a maximum of ten files with no more than ten minutes of content total on one CD, DVD or USB device.
    6. For each minute of video/new media, take away one digital image. 
    7. Curated, two-person and group exhibitions are to submit a maximum of ten files.
    8. Support material that requires specialized software, plug-ins, extensions, or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed will not be reviewed. 

Image files must be:

  • PC-compatible JPG, TIFF, or BMP format
  • 72 dpi, no larger than 2 MB each. RGB format with a recommended maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width).
  • Named with the number corresponding to the image list number, followed by title, year of creation, material and support, and metric dimensions, each separated by an underscore (Image number_title_ date_material and support_metric dimensions.jpg). Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. Strict adherence to naming convention is necessary for images to be successfully viewed during the peer assessment committee.
  • Image file naming examples:
    • 01_Xylophage_2014_wood and paint_20 x 30 x 40 cm.jpg 
    • 02_The Mountain_2014_graphite, acrylic and metal_96 x 106 cm.jpg
    • 03_Untitled 2_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.tiff
    • 04_Untitled 2 detail_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.tiff
    • 05_Untitled 2 alternate view_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.tiff
    • 06_Untitled 3_2010_LED and resin_1 x 4 x 7 m.jpg
    • 07_Untitled 3 view at night_2010_LED and resin_1 x 4 x 7 m.bmp
    • 08_Untitled 4 framed_ 2006_oil paint on canvas_85 x 95 cm.bmp
    • 09_Installation at Karsh-Masson Gallery_2005_mixed media_variable dimensions.jpg
    • 10_Reason Over Passion_1968_quilted cloth assemblage_257 x 302 cm.jpg

Video/new media files must be:

  • PC compatible MP4, MOV, AVI, or WMV format
  • Viewable in Windows Media Player or QuickTime
  • No larger than 500 MB each
  • Named with the number corresponding to the media list number, followed by title, year of creation, medium, and duration, each separated by an underscore (Media list number_title_date_medium_duration.avi). Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. Strict adherence to naming convention is necessary for images to be successfully viewed during the peer assessment committee. 
  • Video/new media file naming examples:
    • 01_Memorial_2012_looped video_2 min.mp4
    • 02_Echelles_2014_video_4 min 30 sec.mov
    • 03_Diaries_2014_video_6 min.avi 

The City of Ottawa is not responsible for any loss or damage to support material. CDs, DVDs and USB devices will not be returned. Please retain a copy for your records.

Copyright and moral rights

The artist shall retain the copyright of the artworks. Moral rights also remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce images of the artwork for non-commercial purposes.

Confidentiality and privacy

Information provided by the applicant will be available to City of Ottawa employees and to members of the peer assessment committee. The deliberations of the peer assessment committee and personal information provided by the artist or applicant shall be dealt with on a confidential basis pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Honorarium  

Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee as outlined by the 2017 CARFAC Fee Schedule. Curators will receive a professional curatorial fee.

The City of Ottawa Public Art Program does not reimburse expenses related to travel, transportation of artwork and accommodation, nor are per diem fees paid.

Deadline and notification

Proposals must be received by Monday, April 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. or postmarked on or before this date. Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted.

The Public Art Program will send applicants a notice by email acknowledging that their application has been received. This does not confirm that your application is eligible.

Applicants will be notified of the peer assessment committee’s decisions approximately three months after the proposal deadline. Artistic feedback will not be provided.

Public consultation

Following the peer assessment committee’s deliberations the selected exhibitions will be announced on ottawa.ca. Members of the public are invited to bring forward, within a 30 day period, any concern that the peer assessment committee did not follow the publicly announced criteria and procedures.

Mailing address

Mail or deliver proposals to:

2017 exhibition season
City of Ottawa Public Art Program
172 Guigues Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H9

Do not deliver your proposal directly to Karsh-Masson Gallery. Fax or email proposals will not be accepted.

Contact us

Karsh-Masson Gallery is operated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. For enquiries or assistance, please email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca or call 613-244-6852.

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Community Galleries Selection

Entry Deadline: CLOSED
Friday October 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Application Form 2016

The intent of the Community Galleries is to provide exhibition spaces to local and regional artists and to enhance public access and exposure to the visual arts in the City of Ottawa. Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and each selected exhibition will be presented at one of the four Community Galleries in 2017-2018.

These spaces act as a venue for local and regional artists and community art groups residing within 150 kilometres of Ottawa to display and cultivate the experience of the public exhibition of artwork. They present artists with the opportunity to introduce or expand upon the visibility of their artwork through interaction with a viewing public within a local environment.

Canada Naturally poster

Canada Naturally: landscapes by local artists

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Community Galleries and the Community Exhibition Spaces have decided to do something special to honour the tradition of the depiction of Canadian landscape in art by assembling related exhibitions across the city during July 2017.

The Community Galleries would like to extend an invitation to artists and community arts organizations to generate proposals for exhibitions about Canada Naturally: landscapes by local artists.

Along with the Community Galleries’ regular call for submissions, the Atrium Art Gallery, the Trinity Art Gallery: Salons A and B will be accepting submissions for Canada Naturally: landscapes by local artists solo or group exhibitions to be held during the month of July 2017.

Participating Galleries

The community galleries invites local and regional artist to exhibit artwork at one of four visual art exhibition spaces: Archives Gallery 112, Atrium Art Gallery, Trinity Gallery Salon A and Salon B.

Guidelines

Eligibility

Emerging and established artists currently residing within 150 km of Ottawa are invited to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community in areas such as gender, official language, ethnicity and disability. Proposals from First Nations, Inuit, Métis and new Canadian applicants are welcome and encouraged.

Suitable artwork

The City of Ottawa Community Galleries are located within buildings that are designed as “people places” where the general public is invited to freely visit the exhibition space unsupervised. The exhibitor, when requesting an exhibition, is asked to keep in mind that the Community galleries may not be a suitable venue for exhibiting all forms of artwork.

Application and Selection Process

  • If an artist is awarded three consecutive exhibitions, they must refrain from applying to the gallery selection process for a period of one year after which they may apply again.
  • Artists wishing to apply for an exhibit in a Community gallery for the period between April 2017 and March 2018 must apply by Friday October 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm, according to the Application Procedures.

Application Procedures

Application Form

All interested artists are invited to submit their application to the City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries Selection 2017 by FRIDAY, October 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm.

All submissions must include 6 images of recent artwork. These images must be submitted as digital JPEG images (300 dpi or ppi) via www.WeTransfer.com to CGC@ottawa.caPlease note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of a LCD projection system during the peer assessment committee selection.

Images of your artwork & application form & c.v. will be submitted together electronically via www.WeTransfer.com to CGC@ottawa.ca

Please submit good quality, 300 dpi JPEG images of your work electronically using www.WeTransfer.com to CGC@ottawa.ca 

Be sure to properly label your images as follows: First and last name, followed by title of work, and year of creation used on the application form. (Example: Firstname_Lastname_Title_Year; Julia_Smith_TheGrey_2016.)

  • Selection will not accept images that are imbedded in any type of presentation, such as PowerPoint, websites or Word.
  • Please use the Image List Template below to describe your images and place images in order of creation (most recent artwork first).
  • Attach your curriculum vitae to the application form.

Support material sent for Community Galleries submissions will not be returned.

Completed applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the locations listed on the application form [ PDF - 332.57 KB ].

Should you have any questions please contact Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer at 613-596-5783 or Mike Taylor, Arts Programmer at 613-580-2424 ext. 29288.

Artists submitting support material that does not correspond to the following guidelines will not be considered. You are responsible to test your submission materials to ensure readability.