2018 Direct Purchase
Longevity - 2017 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection (installation view), 2017, City Hall Art Gallery. Photo Credit: City of Ottawa
Deadline: Monday, April 23, 2018
Information meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm
Karsh-Masson Gallery, 110 Laurier Ave West.
A short presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
The City of Ottawa invites professional artists and their representatives to offer existing artworks for purchase. Proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected artworks will become part of the City of Ottawa Art Collection.
About the program
Direct Purchase is a competitive program for participants to offer artwork for purchase to the City of Ottawa. More than 2,500 artworks are reviewed each year. Direct Purchase is a two-tiered process:
At the first tier, all eligible applications are reviewed by a peer assessment committee and a short-list of artworks is recommended. All applicants are informed of the peer assessment committee’s recommendations.
For the second tier in July, applicants with short-listed artworks are asked to deliver artworks to the City of Ottawa for review by the peer assessment committee. A final recommendation of artworks is made at this time. Applicants are responsible for arranging delivery and pick-up and for all related costs.
All eligible applications are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on artistic merit, regional importance and innovation, and conservation and maintenance requirements. Recommendations for purchase are made by a peer assessment committee based on available funds. 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 for every program. 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 contact us.
The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. On February 28, 2018, City Council approved a Reconciliation Plan in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. One of the commitments made is to acquire and display more art from Indigenous artists into the City of Ottawa Art Collection. Applications from artists and representatives of diverse origins, 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.
Personal information in your submission is collected under the authority of the City Council approved Public Art Policy. Personal information will only be used for evaluating your submission 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 submissions and the deliberations of the committee as confidential.
New this year!
Combine your 3 support documents into one PDF (see Apply section for more info).
Am I eligible?
- Participants must be professional artists or representatives of professional artists such as a gallery or an estate
- Participants must either be the author of the artwork or represent the author of the artwork
- Artists must live, or have lived, within a 150 km radius of Ottawa or the artwork must have a local connection (please indicate this in your Artist Statement or Artistic Resumé)
- Artists must have completed specialized training in their artistic field or be recognized by their peers as a professional artist
- Artists must be committed to their artistic activity
- Artists must have created a body of work outside of basic training
Only one submission per artist will be considered. City of Ottawa employees or elected representatives are not eligible to participate.
- 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 7
- To format a PDF document utilize “Save As” or “Export” from a Word or similar text based document
Support material (items 1, 2, and 3 to be saved as one PDF)
1. Artist statement (fewer than 500 words)
A brief overview of your artistic practice that can include an explanation of a specific body (or bodies) of work with particular reference to the works you are including in your application.
2. Artistic resumé (maximum three pages or 1,500 words)
Include contact information for the artist and for the applicant (if different from the artist): name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
3. List of ten images
This list is a direct reference to the artwork image files you are including in your application. The image list is an opportunity to add information or additional description of the individual artworks. Use this document to indicate series, edition, or other significant details in point form.
01_untitled 2_2017_photograph on paper_206 x 122 cm_$900.jpg
- Polaroid transfer with acrylic and beeswax on paper
- Framed with archival matting in shadow box with spacer
- From the Ottawa-Gatineau series
- Full series of five works is available for $4,000
4. Ten images
Save each image as .jpg, .tiff or .bmp and number them in order with most recent work first. Each image must be saved at 72 dpi and be no larger than 2 MB. Please adhere to the specific naming convention for image files as described. Files must be named with the image number, title, date, material(s), metric dimensions, and price, each separated by an underscore. Do not leave a space before or after the underscore:
01_untitled 1_2017_photograph on paper_206 x 122 cm_$900.jpg
02_untitled 2_2017_oil paint on canvas_85 x 95 cm_$700.jpg
03_untitled 3_2017_Chromogenic print on paper_0 x 0 cm_$0.tiff
04_untitled 3 alternate view_2017_Chromogenic print on paper_0 x 0 cm_$0.tiff
05_untitled 4 not for sale_2016_wood and metal_40 x 60 x 10 cm_$0.tiff
06_untitled 5_2016_LED and resin_1 x 4.5 x 7 m_$1,250.jpg
07_untitled 5 view at night_2016_LED and resin_0 x 0 x 0 m_$0.bmp
08_untitled 6_2016_oil paint on canvas_145 x 95 cm_$600.bmp
09_untitled 7_2016_oil paint on canvas_85 x 95 cm_$475.jpg
10_installation at Karsh-Masson Gallery_2016_mixed media variable dimensions_$0.jpg
Ten images are required. When ten artworks are not for sale, include detail images, images with alternate points of view, or images of artwork from a similar series. Images of artworks not for sale may be named with a price of $0.
For video or time-based media, please contact us.
5. Send your documents by WeTransfer or by mail:
Send all support material electronically using WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open WeTransfer at wetransfer.com (no account required) and enter the email address email@example.com, attach your PDF file and your ten images utilizing the required naming convention (see above). WeTransfer will confirm your application was sent as well as a separate email stating the recipient has downloaded your application. The Public Art Program will also send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email from the Public Art Program 2 weeks after your submission contact us for confirmation.
Send a CD, DVD or USB device containing your support material to the mailing address below. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address on or with the CD, DVD or USB device.
2018 Direct Purchase program
City of Ottawa
172 Guigues Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H9
Applications can also be delivered in person to the Routhier Community Centre customer service desk on Floor 1:
The Community Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 9 pm, Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Closed on Sunday.
Deadline and notification
Applications must be received by Monday April 23rd, 2018 or be postmarked on or before this date.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Support material that requires software, plug-ins, extensions, or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed will not be accepted. CDs, DVDs, and USB devices will not be returned. The City of Ottawa is not responsible for any loss or damage to support material.
Public Art Program staff will contact applicants by email to confirm receipt of support materials. All participants will be notified of the results of the first stage of the 2018 Direct Purchase program by June 8th, 2018.
Results are final. Due to the volume of applications received for this program, artistic feedback will not be provided.
Public Art Program
172 Guigues Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H9
Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. If you are unable to view documents or require alternative file formats, please complete an Accessible Formats Document Request Form.
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