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Direct Purchase program

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.

Apply

  • 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:

  • WeTransfer
    Send all support material electronically using WeTransfer to publicartprogram@ottawa.ca.  

    Open WeTransfer at wetransfer.com (no account required) and enter the email address publicartprogram@ottawa.ca, 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.
     
  • Mail
    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.

Contact us

publicartprogram@ottawa.ca
613-244-4434
613-244-4384

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.

Are you on the list? Email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca with the subject line “subscribe” and receive emails about Direct Purchase, Public Art commissions and gallery programming.

Call for proposals: 2019 exhibitions

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

Images of City Hall Art Gallery and Karsh-Masson Gallery
(left) Ben Globerman – Call to Prayer, City Hall Art Gallery / Galerie d’art de l’hôtel de ville
(right) Mana Rouholamini – … de patience, Karsh-Masson Gallery / Galerie Karsh-Masson

Deadline: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Information meeting: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7 pm
Karsh-Masson Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West
A short presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

The City of Ottawa invites professional artists and curators to propose an exhibition. Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery in 2019.

About Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

Exhibitions at Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries feature the work of professional artists working in visual art, media art and fine craft and include solo, two-person and group exhibitions; curated exhibitions; exhibitions from the diplomatic sector, and circulating exhibitions from other institutions. Annual programming consists of artist talks, 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.

Karsh-Masson and City Hall art galleries are located on the main level at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Both galleries are open daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Admission is free.

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 practice. These exhibitions are presented in the public domain allowing for an appreciation, understanding and interpretation of our past and present through gallery programming.

Gallery Floor Plans

Eligibility

  • This call for proposals is open to professional visual artists and curators who are emerging, mid-career or established, and working in visual art, media art, 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.
  • Applicants who have exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery within the last two consecutive years are not eligible to apply. City of Ottawa employees or elected representatives are not eligible to apply.
  • Only one proposal per applicant will be considered
  • Artwork exhibited at Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art 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).

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. 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 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.

Assessment criteria and process

All eligible applications are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit and professionalism
  • regional importance and innovation
  • quality and cohesiveness of the artwork examples and the written proposal statement
  • appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space

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 publicartprogram@ottawa.ca.

New this year!

Combine your proposal statement, artistic resume and image/media list documents into one PDF (see Guidelines & requirements section for details).

Guidelines and requirements

  • A complete application must include the support material listed below
  • Applications are considered for both galleries. Requests to exhibit in one specific gallery must be explained in the Proposal statement.
  • 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 2, 3 and 4 to be saved as one PDF)

  1. Proposal synopsis
    Summarize the proposal statement. The peer assessment committee will refer to the synopsis as a quick reference during deliberations. 80 words maximum.

  2. Proposal statement
    Describe the proposed exhibition’s content and theme, and how you will situate your artwork within the gallery space. Elaborate on how your work relates aesthetically and conceptually to contemporary art discourse. Two-person and group exhibitions must have a cohesive theme and rationale that is clearly outlined. Two pages or 800 words maximum.

  3. Artistic resume
    Include contact information for the artist or for the applicant (if different from the artist): name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If multiple artists are involved, include each artist’s resume and indicate one contact person. Three pages maximum (per artist).
     
  4. Image/media list
    Include 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 about the image and/or media files in point form. Two pages maximum.
     
  5. Digital images and/or video or time-based media files
    Send ten digital image files or ten minutes total of video/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 video/new media files: send ten files maximum with no more than ten minutes of content total. For each minute of video/media content, remove one digital image
  • Strict adherence to naming convention is necessary for images to be successfully viewed during the peer assessment committee meeting

Image files must be:

  • Saved as JPG
  • 72 dpi, no larger than 2 MB each. RGB colour mode with a maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width).
  • Named with the corresponding image list number, title, date, medium and support, and metric dimensions, each separated by an underscore. Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. File names must not exceed 150 characters. For example:
    01_Xylophage_2014_wood and paint_20 x 30 x 40 cm.jpg            
    02_The Mountain_2014_graphite, acrylic and metal_96 x 106 inches.jpg
    03_Untitled 2_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.jpg
    04_Untitled 2 detail_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm.jpg
    05_Untitled 2 alternate view_2013_chromogenic print on paper_206 x 122 cm. jpg
    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.jpg
    08_Untitled 4 framed_ 2006_oil paint on canvas_85 x 95 inches.jpg
    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/time-based media files must be:

  • Saved as MP4, MOV, AVI or WMV
  • Viewable in Windows Media Player or VLC Player
  • No larger than 500 MB each
  • Cued to the excerpt you want viewed (or provide detailed cue instructions in your media list)
  • Named with the corresponding media list number, title, date, medium, and duration, each separated by an underscore. Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. For example:
    01_Memorial_2012_looped video_2 min.mp4
    02_Echelles_2014_video_4 min 30 sec.mov
    03_Diaries_2014_video_6 min.avi

Support material that requires specialized software, plug-ins, extensions, or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed (eg. website hyperlinks or presentations such as PowerPoint) will not be reviewed. Applicants are responsible for testing support materials to ensure readability. 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.

How to apply

Send your support materials by WeTransfer or by mail:

  • WeTransfer
    Send all support material electronically using WeTransfer to publicartprogram@ottawa.ca

    Open WeTransfer at wetransfer.com (no account required) and enter the email address publicartprogram@ottawa.ca. Attach your support material files utilizing the required naming convention (see Guidelines & requirements section for details). WeTransfer will confirm your application was sent and will send you 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 three weeks after sending your application using WeTransfer, contact us for confirmation.

If you encounter issues during the WeTransfer process and are unable to successfully upload your files please call 613-244-3745 or email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca to resolve the issue.

 

  • Mail
    Send a CD, DVD or USB device containing your support materials to the mailing address below. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address on or with the CD, DVD or USB device.

    Call for proposals: 2019 exhibitions
    City of Ottawa Public Art Program
    172 Guigues Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H9

Applications can also be delivered in person to the Routhier Community Centre (172 Guigues Avenue) customer service desk on Floor 1. Call the community centre directly to confirm hours of operation: 613-244-4470.

Do not deliver your application directly to Karsh-Masson Gallery or to City Hall Art Gallery.

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.

Honorarium  

Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee as outlined by the 2019 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

Applications must be received by Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST for electronic applications, or be postmarked on or before this date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Public Art Program staff will contact applicants by email to confirm receipt of support materials. This email does not confirm that your application is eligible.

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.

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.

Contact us

Karsh-Masson and City Hall Art galleries are operated by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program. For inquiries or assistance, please email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca or call 613-244-6852.

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 Documents Request Form.

Are you on the list? Email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca with the subject line “subscribe” and receive emails about gallery programming, the Direct Purchase and Public Art commissions.

Community Galleries Selection 2017

Entry Deadline: Friday October 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Application Form 2017 [PDF - 136KB]

The City of Ottawa Community Arts Program invites emerging and established artists, artist collectives and community arts organizations working in visual arts and fine craft to propose an exhibition.

The intent of the Community Galleries is to provide exhibition spaces to local and regional artists residing within 150 kilometres of Ottawa. The Community Galleries’ growth was tempered by the insights and the ambitions of local artists and arts organizations and their support towards public access and exposure to the visual arts throughout the City of Ottawa.

Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at one of the four Community Galleries in 2018-2019.

Participating  Community Galleries

The Archives Gallery 112
Central Archives, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe)
Floor plans [PDF - 190KB]

The Atrium Art Gallery
Atrium at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Floor plans [PDF - 127 KB]

The Trinity Art Gallery: Salon A and Salon B
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
Floor plans Salon A [PDF - 148KB]
Floor plans Salon B [PDF - 141KB]

Each Community Gallery offers the artist shared promotional opportunities and consistent exhibition space service delivery specific to the host facility.

Direct sales of artwork by the artist is permitted in the Community Galleries’ exhibition spaces and therefore no CARFAC fee will be paid to exhibiting artists.  Professional artists and curators that wish to be supported by CARFAC fees and guidelines may submit exhibition proposals to Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery.

Eligibility guidelines

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, 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. Applications from artists 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.

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 has been 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 2018 and March 2019 must apply by Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm, following the eligibility and submission guidelines below.

Artwork submission guidelines

All submissions must include 6 images of recent artwork. These images must be submitted as digital JPEG images (300 dpi) via www.WeTransfer.com to CGC@ottawa.ca  (See page 3 application procedures for details on digital image submission.) The Peer Assessment Committee will not review any other format of images. 

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 future exhibition. 

It is recommended that two of the images submitted should appear as artworks in the exhibition.

All artworks accepted for exhibition must be framed and/or presentable and ready for installation on a click rail display system. Three-dimensional works will require display stands suitable for a gallery exhibition, arranged for and provided by the artist.

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 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. 

Assessment

All eligible proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit and professionalism
  • regional importance and innovation
  • quality and cohesiveness of the artwork images and the brief written proposal statement
  • appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space

Each peer assessment committee consists of three art professionals. Committee members meet to review the proposals 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 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. Committee members change with every competition. If you are interested in participating as a committee member, please email penelope.kokkinos@ottawa.ca

Final Authority

The decisions of the peer assessment committee on all matters pertaining to the assessment of artwork related to the Selection 2017 application shall be final.

Deadline and notification

Submissions must be dated, postmarked or received by hand or mail no later than Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified of peer assessment committee details by e-mail approximately two months after the submission deadline.

Due to the large number of applications, submission feedback will not be provided. If you are not selected for the 2017 Community Galleries Selection you are encouraged to reapply in 2018.

Exhibition guidelines

Gallery Agreements

Artists selected for exhibiting will be engaged through Community Gallery “Gallery Agreements”.

The Exhibitor may sell his/her work during the exhibit therefore no CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes) fees will be paid to exhibitors.

The artist is responsible for the sales transaction, the pickup and/or delivery of any artwork sold. The artist will pay a 15% commission on all sales to support the Young at Art or ARTicipate Endowment funds.

All pieces of artwork are to remain in the exhibition for the duration of the show.

The City of Ottawa is not involved in the sale of exhibition artwork.

Application procedures

Application form [PDF - 136KB]

All interested artists are invited to submit their application to the City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries Selection 2017 by Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

Please note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of an LCD projection system during the peer assessment committee selection.

Submission

Please submit good quality, JPEG images of your artwork: 300 dpi; no larger than 2 MB each; RGB format; maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width).

Please 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_2017.)

Selection will not accept materials that require software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed.

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, the application form and images and to be submitted together electronically via www.WeTransfer.com  to CGC@ottawa.ca
*Rest assured that your submission will be downloaded. Ignore WeTransfer messages to upgrade otherwise your submission will be deleted.

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

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

Artists submitting support material that does not correspond to the preceding guidelines will not be considered. Artists are responsible for testing submission materials to ensure readability.

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 Floor plan

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 Floor plan 

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 Floor plan

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.

#ottmusik
The City of Ottawa is very proud to introduce 25 new tracks selected for the #ottmusik playlist! #ottmusik is an initiative that brings local music to the City of Ottawa's phone systems. The goal is to answer calls as quickly as possible, but when a caller has to wait or in the event of a transfer, you’ll hear local music from this playlist.

Murals on Underpasses
The Murals on Underpasses Project was created to beautify and enhance underpasses as key gateways to the City with images that reflect and depict local culture, history or visions of artistic expression.

Workshops

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pARTicipate: Free Arts Workshops for 50+

Learn new skills, make new friends and discover a new passion!

Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre is excited to be hosting a series of Arts Workshops for older adults (50 and up).  

Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre will offer the first two workshops in Fall 2017. Register early since workshops are limited to 25 participants. Contact the centre by phone 613-798-8927. And the best part, these workshops are completely free!

 

Botanical Art Workshop

Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 pm

Dates:  October 25 to November 8, 2017

An introductory drawing class with a focus on plants and flowers as subject matter. Participants will be introduced to basic materials and will be guided through drawing strategies and techniques. Supplies included.

Registration deadline: October 18, 2017

 

Ukulele Workshop

Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 pm

Dates: November 22 to December 6, 2017

An introductory course on how to play the ukulele. No previous musical experience is required. Focus will be on strumming chords, singing the melody and building a foundation on learning how to play the ukulele. Learn the basic skills in order to enjoy playing on your own or with others. Supplies: Bring your own ukulele or borrow one for in-class use.

Registration deadline: November 15, 2017

Contact

communityartscommunautaires@ottawa.ca