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Deadline: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 12:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
Online application form: Please have your content ready for inputting as the form does not save your information if you leave or refresh the page.
Virtual information meeting: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 2 to 3 pm. (Registration not required.)
A brief presentation about applying to exhibit at Karsh-Masson Gallery, City Hall Art Gallery and Corridor 45|75 will be followed by a question and answer period.
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program is now accepting exhibition proposals from local professional artists and curators working in all media. Applications will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at Corridor 45|75 in 2022 or 2023. A preference to exhibit in either year may be indicated, however the Public Art Program will determine the final schedule of each successful exhibition.
About Corridor 45|75
Corridor 45|75 is located at the O-Train Line 1 (Confederation Line)’s Rideau Station on the west concourse near the Rideau Centre entrance. It is open every day; opening hours coincide with the O-Train Line 1 operating hours. It is wheelchair accessible and admission is free through the Sussex Drive and Rideau Street entrance. (Hours of operation are subject to change due to Covid-19 closures.) Exhibitions at Corridor 45|75 feature the work of local professional artists working in all media and include solo, group and curated exhibitions. Corridor 45|75 presents approximately 3 exhibitions annually.
Important note about the exhibition space
Corridor 45|75 is a unique exhibition space located in a high-traffic underground light rail transit station one level above the train tracks. It is not a pristine, climate-controlled environment and is therefore best suited to artwork that is protected or framed and can be easily cleaned. The display space is protected by tempered glass doors that are locked but are not airtight. Behind the glass windows, the exhibition area is one long continuous space. Sections B to F are programmable (refer to floor plan); sections A and G feature permanent signage and cannot be used as exhibition space. Site-specific exhibitions that engage with this unique space will be the most successful. Although Rideau Station has 24/7 security, gallery staff are not onsite daily therefore exhibitions must be self-sufficient and cannot require regular maintenance. Artists are strongly encouraged to visit Corridor 45|75 and familiarize themselves with the current conditions of the space prior to applying.
A public gallery is a forum for the exploration of diverse ideas. The City of Ottawa 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 practices. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding and interpretation of our past and present through gallery programming.
The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's equity-deserving communities, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual identities. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. The City of Ottawa is committed to supporting cultural activities that respond to the Calls to Action put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Applications from Algonquin Anishinabe Host Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and curators are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.
Personal information in your application is collected under the authority of the City Council approved Public Art Policy. Personal information will only be used for evaluating your application and administering the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. City of Ottawa employees and peer assessment committee members are required to treat both the content of applications and the deliberations of the committee as confidential.
• Please contact us for an architectural drawing of Corridor 45|75.
- This call for proposals is open to local professional artists and curators working in all media. 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.
- Applicants must reside within a 150 km radius of Ottawa.
- Applicants who have exhibited at Corridor 45|75, Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery within the last two consecutive years are not eligible to apply.
Only one proposal per applicant will be considered. City of Ottawa employees or elected representatives are not eligible to apply.
Artworks with electrical components:
- Artworks that require electricity must be approved by an accredited certification or evaluation agency prior to being installed at Corridor 45|75. The object(s) must have an official certification mark or label indicating that the product has been independently assessed for safety. A list of recognized certification marks and labels is available.
- For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Authority or call 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233).
- Any costs associated with meeting the certification requirement are the sole responsibility of the artist.
- Applicants must provide documentation that their artwork(s) meets ESA standards (i.e. certification mark) in their proposal.
- Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee in accordance with either the 2022 or the 2023 CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule, Section 1 (Exhibition and Screening Royalty Schedule, Institutional Category I). Curators will receive a professional fee.
- The exhibition fee and the curatorial fee include all professional services related to the preparation, installation, consultation, writing tasks, and production of artwork(s) associated with the exhibition.
- The City of Ottawa Public Art Program does not cover expenses related to travel, accommodation, per diems and the transportation of artwork(s).
- Complex installations of any kind requiring special equipment or specific support beyond the City of Ottawa Public Art Program’s budget are the sole responsibility of the artist.
Assessment criteria and process
All eligible applications are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:
- Artistic merit, originality and professionalism
- Cohesiveness of the artwork examples and the written proposal statement
- How the artwork engages with the unique exhibition space
- Appropriateness and suitability of the proposal to the highly public nature of the exhibition space
- Technical and physical feasibility
Peer assessment committee members first review eligible applications individually then meet to review them together. The composition of each 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. Peer assessment committee members are chosen based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. Members of the committee change with every competition. City employees are responsible for the selection of peer assessment committee members. If you are interested in participating as a peer assessment committee member, please email email@example.com.
- A complete application must include the support material listed below
- Support material may be written in English or French
- Files must be saved in a format compatible with Windows 10
- To format a PDF document, utilize “Save as” or “Export” from a Word or similar text-based document
Save items 2, 3 and 4 as one PDF.
1. Proposal synopsis (80 words maximum)
Summarize the proposal statement. The peer assessment committee will refer to the synopsis as a quick reference during deliberations.
2. Proposal statement (two pages or 1,000 words maximum)
- Describe the proposed exhibition’s content and theme, and how you will situate your artwork within the gallery space. A clear understanding of the space is necessary for the committee to visualize your exhibition (see gallery floor plan for reference).
- Two-person and group exhibitions must clearly outline a cohesive theme and rationale.
- Due to the highly public nature of the gallery, proposed exhibitions must be as self-sufficient as possible.
3. Artistic resumé (three pages or 1,500 words maximum per artist)
If multiple artists are involved, include each artist’s resumé.
4. Image/media list (two pages maximum)
List the following information about each image/media file included in your application: artist’s name, artwork title, date, material and support, dimensions, and duration of artwork (if applicable). This list may also include additional information or a description about the individual artworks.
5. Digital image files and time-based media files
Upload ten digital image files or ten minutes total of media content that support the proposal statement and follow the guidelines listed below.
- At least half of the images/media files submitted must be artwork that will be included in your final exhibition should your application be successful.
- Curated, two-person and group exhibitions: send ten files maximum.
- Applicants who wish to include a combination of digital images and media files: send ten files maximum with no more than ten minutes of content total. For each minute of video/audio content, remove one digital image (i.e. send 6 jpg images and one video file that is 4 minutes long or send 6 jpgs and 2 video files that are 2 minutes long each).
- Strict adherence to the naming convention outlined below is necessary for images to be uploaded into our database and successfully viewed during the peer assessment committee meeting.
Image files must be:
- Saved as JPG at 72 dpi and no larger than 1 MB each
- Named with the corresponding image list number, title, date, medium and dimensions, each separated by an underscore. Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. File names must not exceed 150 characters.
Format for naming image files:
01_The Mountain_2014_graphite, acrylic and metal_96 x 106 inches.jpg
02_Untitled 3 detail_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.jpg
03_Installation at Karsh-Masson Gallery_2005_mixed media_variable dimensions.jpg
Time-based media files must be:
- Shared using a web link to each video or audio file. If the web link does not work, the content will not be viewed.
- Cued to the excerpt you want presented to the committee (or provide detailed cue instructions in the description field).
Support material that requires specialized software, plug-ins, extensions, or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed will not be reviewed. Applicants are responsible for testing support materials to ensure readability.
How to apply
Please send all support material electronically using our online application form. Please have your content ready for inputting as the form does not save your information if you leave or refresh the page.
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 of information
Personal information in your application is collected under the authority of the City Council approved Public Art Policy. Personal information will only be used for evaluating your application and administering the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. City of Ottawa employees and peer assessment committee members are required to treat both the content of applications and the deliberations of the committee as confidential. Committee members turn in their copies of materials for shredding and delete their computer files at the end of the peer assessment meeting.
Deadline and notification
Applications must be received by Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm (noon) EDT.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The Public Art Program will send applicants a confirmation email when your application has been received and processed. If you do not receive an email from the Public Art Program two weeks after your submission, please contact us for confirmation.
Applicants will be notified of the peer assessment committee’s decisions by email within three months of the deadline date.
Due to the volume of applications received for this competition, artistic feedback will not be provided.
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 comply with the publicly-announced criteria and procedures of the selection process.
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