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The City of Ottawa Public Art Program collects, commissions and exhibits artwork to create conversations and make art accessible to everyone. Art is integrated into our daily lives through the City of Ottawa Art Collection,  public art commissions, and exhibitions at Karsh-Masson Gallery, City Hall Art Gallery and Corridor 45|75.

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Expression of Interest – Indigenous Curator

Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility  

Aerial photo of the site of the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility

Image: Aerial photo of the site of the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility.

The City of Ottawa is seeking an Indigenous Curator or team of curators to develop and curate an Indigenous Art Program for the new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. This two-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

  • Closing date: Monday, September 9, 2019, noon EDT
  • Total budget: $50,000 CAD + HST
  • Contract Period: October 2019 – October 2020 (Approximately)
  • Contact: Melissa Black, Public Art Officer
    Melissa.Black@ottawa.ca
    613-244-4261

1. Acknowledgement – Honouring the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples

Ottawa is built on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The people of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The City of Ottawa would like to honour the people and land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The City of Ottawa would also like to honour all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, their elders, their knowledge keepers, both young and old, their ancestors and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

2. Project Background: Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility

The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library (OPL), in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are building a new 216,000 square foot joint facility at 555 Albert Street that is anticipated to receive an average of 5,000 visitors a day. The OPL-LAC Joint Facility will contribute to the ongoing transformation of Canada’s capital into a world-class city through the creation of a prestigious modern facility that brings together and showcases a new Ottawa Public Library’s Central Library with Library and Archives Canada’s public services.

The facility will contain 21 functional components made up of OPL-only spaces, LAC-only spaces, and shared spaces. The shared spaces will enhance the complementary but unique nature of OPL and LAC services, and will include:

  • Exterior Spaces – a shared outdoor space for programs and activities, acting as an interface between the building and the public realm;
  • A Main Entrance and Town Square – a shared entrance space with access to OPL and LAC spaces, and meeting spaces, featuring a café and Gift Shop;
  • Public Forum and Meeting Spaces – large multipurpose spaces for programming and events for the community, as well as both OPL and LAC;
  • An Exhibition Gallery – museum-quality spaces featuring exhibitions of rare and unique LAC collections, travelling exhibitions; and OPL and City of Ottawa community exhibitions and;
  • A Genealogy Centre – a one-of-a-kind research space offering OPL and LAC services and collections.

The OPL-LAC Joint Facility, located at 555 Albert Street, will be near residential and mixed-use areas, the Pimisi light rail station, and green spaces. The site offers excellent sightlines and connectivity to the surrounding cityscape and natural environment, with views of the historic LeBreton Flats, aqueduct and Fleet Street pumping station, the Ottawa River, Gatineau Hills and the downtown Ottawa skyline. The OPL-LAC Joint Facility will also be located in close proximity to Chaudière Falls, a traditional sacred site for the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation and other First Nations. The site and its surrounding area and views will be important considerations for both architectural design and public art development. The facility will be positioned to maximize the site’s historic views and enhanced topography of the escarpment.

3. OPL-LAC Joint Facility Project Schedule
* Project schedule and milestones subject to change

Project Milestone Planned Completion
Architect Design contract award and commencement December 2018
Commencement of the Design Process Engagement and Consultation (DPEC) Plan January 2019
Facility design development 2019-2020
Design work completed – construction drawings tender ready Fall 2020
General Contractor services contract awarded 2021
Construction commencement 2021
Substantial Performance of construction 2024
Total completion of construction (contract) 2024
Building in service 2024
Total completion of construction (clearing contract deficiencies) 2025
LEED™ Certification 2025

4. Indigenous Art Program Opportunity

The City of Ottawa Public Art Program is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Indigenous curator or team of curators to develop and curate an Indigenous Art Program for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility. The curator will work collaboratively with the OPL-LAC Joint Facility Project Team and Indigenous stakeholders to determine a conceptual framework for Indigenous art integrations at the facility. In addition, the Indigenous Curator will work with the Architect and the Artist on Design Team for a coordinated approach to art integration at the facility. The curator must bring a high level of conceptual ability and innovation to the curation process, have a strong network of artists and art practitioners and be well versed in local and national Indigenous art practices and cultural protocols.

5. Project Vision

The Indigenous Art Program for the OPL-LAC joint facility will honour, support and showcase Indigenous art and cultures by integrating artwork by local, regional and national Indigenous artists (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) throughout the facility and/or the landscape. Including Indigenous art in and around the facility will create a welcoming and inclusive space that will represent strong and forward-thinking artists. The development and curation of the Indigenous Art Program for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility should be informed by research, best practices and engagement with Indigenous stakeholders and be planned in coordination with the Architectural Design Team. In addition, the development and curation of the Indigenous Art Program will be inclusive, be a balanced representation of multiple indigenous communities, and be sensitive to feedback from stakeholder engagement. Artists and artwork selected for the Indigenous Art Program may be procured through an open, invitational or curatorial selection process working with the Indigenous Art Advisory Committee. Multiple art opportunities in all mediums are encouraged, with an approximate overall art budget of $400,000.

6. Indigenous Curator Scope of Work

  • Review architectural and landscape plans to identity potential locations for art installations at the facility in coordination with the Architectural Design Team and the Artist on the Design Team;
  • Consult and engage with Indigenous stakeholders including members of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, local/national Indigenous stakeholders in coordination with the Architect’s Design Process Engagement and Consultation (DPEC) Plan;
  • Attend and/or facilitate, meetings with OPL-LAC Project Team and stakeholders as required;
  • Develop an innovative curatorial approach to Indigenous art integration at the facility;
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for the Indigenous Art Program that identifies objectives, sites, approaches and budgets for individual art opportunities;
  • Working with the Public Art Program, lead the Indigenous art procurement process including but not limited to;
  • Recommend procurement methods (open, invitational, curatorial) for specific opportunities;
  • Write Calls to Artists and solicit artists participation in selection process;
  • Plan and coordinate orientation workshop shortlisted artists as required;
  • Attend various Indigenous Art Program Advisory Committee meetings as a voting member, to curate and select artists;
  • Produce written progress reports and final report;
  • Deliver a public presentation for the community at large on the process and outcome of the Indigenous Art Program.

7. Schedule

*Schedule is subject to change
Deadline for Applications: Monday, September 9, 2019, noon E.D.T
Finalist Interviews: Thursday September 26 (in person or remotely)
Curator contracted: October 2019
Indigenous Art Program development: October 2019 – April 2020
Indigenous Art Procurement Initiated: May 2020

8. Budget

The fee for this opportunity is $50,000 in Canadian dollars plus HST and is inclusive of all costs associated with the development and curation of the Indigenous Art Program including attending meetings, consultation, travel, research, fees, etc.

9. Selection Process

The successful proponent will be selected for this opportunity through an open call process coupled with finalists’ interviews. An assessment committee comprised of City staff and professional external or internal consultants will review and evaluate the candidates according to the selection criteria and select up to five applicants for interviews.

Finalists will be invited to discuss their experience, past curatorial projects, and approaches as well as answer questions relating to working on this type of project.

The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project.

9.1 Selection Criteria

Indigenous Curators who meet the following criteria may be considered for an interview:

  • An established practice in Indigenous art curation;
  • Demonstrated previous experience developing and curating Indigenous art exhibitions, and/or public art;
  • Strong network of Indigenous artists;
  • Well versed in local and national Indigenous art practices and cultural protocols;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • A demonstrated understanding of the project and its context;
  • Creative and inclusive curation and consultation methodology.

9.2 Deadline for Application – Monday, September 9, noon E.D.T

Your submission must be emailed to publicartprogram@ottawa.ca for the deadline. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. All participants will be notified of the results of the initial stage of the selection process by email.

10. Submission requirements

A complete application must include the submission requirements listed below.

  • Support material may be written in English or French
  • Documents must be submitted as one PDF file
  • Participants must upload a complete submission to publicartprogram@ottawa.ca.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request.

10.1 Expression of Interest

Submit a maximum of two written pages explaining why you are interested in this opportunity.

  • What connects you and your previous work to this project?
  • What perspective or approach will you bring to the development and curation of the Indigenous Art Program for the OPL-LAC?
  • How do you propose to engage and collaborate with Indigenous stakeholders?
  • What is your vision for the program?
  • Describe your experience in developing or curating similar projects.
  • Describe your availability to be present in the indigenous arts community in and around Ottawa.
  • If applying as a team, describe your past collaborations and how you plan to work together on this project.

10. 2 Résumé

Submit a current résumé of your education, training, curatorial or consultative experience and any other experience directly relevant to this opportunity on a maximum of three pages. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If you are applying as a team, submit a separate résumé for each team member and clearly identify the lead contact for this project.

10.3 References

Contact information for two professional references who can speak to your experience on similar projects. Please ensure these references are aware that they may be contacted by the City of Ottawa as part of the evaluation process for this Expression of Interest.

11. Confidentiality of information

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. To protect confidentiality, committee members turn in their copies of proposal materials for shredding at the end of the assessment meeting.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. 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’s Public Art Program.

12. Inquiries

Melissa Black, Public Art Officer
Melissa.black@ottawa.ca
613-244-4261

13. Definitions

Artist on Design Team, a separate but coordinated art project for the OPL-LAC Facility. An Artist, embedded as a contributing member of the Design Team, to integrate public art concepts early in the design.

Design Team, Architecture and/or Landscape Team, forming part of OPL-LAC Joint Facility Project. This Team is responsible for the development of the joint facility design, architecture and related landscape elements.

Design Process Engagement and Consultation (DPEC) Plan, prepared by the Architect, outlines a public engagement plan for the entirety of the project that is flexible and allows for responsiveness to the information and ideas received by various stakeholders.

Indigenous Art Advisory Committee, a committee composed of the Indigenous Curator, additional art professionals, community representatives and project representatives responsible for the arms-length art procurement process and for providing high-level guidance to the Indigenous Art Program as required.

Request for Qualifications: Chapel Hill Park and Ride

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The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install a temporary artwork for Chapel Hill Park & Ride as outlined in this Call to Artists. 

Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, August 21 2019, 12 noon, EST
Budget: $18,000 plus HST
Information: Hannah Kingscote, Public Art Officer
publicartprogram@ottawa.ca , 613-244-4429

1. Introduction

1.1 Public Art Program background
Established in 1985, as one of the first in Canada, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art. A renewed Public Art Policy incorporates the strengths of past decades in Ottawa and reaffirms the objectives of commissioning professional artists to create original works of art for integration into public places. The Public Art Policy mandates one percent (1%) of funds from municipal development are mandated for public art in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

1.2 Public Art Opportunity
The City of Ottawa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the opportunity to design, fabricate and install a temporary artwork for Chapel Hill Park and Ride. This two-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy. This Request for Qualifications document provides information, details and submission requirements relating to the Chapel Hill Park and Ride and to this public art competition.

1.3 Acknowledgement - Honouring the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
Ottawa is built on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The people of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The City of Ottawa would like to honour the people and land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The City of Ottawa would also like to honour all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, their elders, their knowledge keepers, both young and old, their ancestors and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

1.4 Eligibility
This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to local professional artists and artist teams with experience in creating permanent public art and working with multidisciplinary teams. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

2. Chapel Hill Park and Ride Project Background

2.1 Chapel Hill Park and Ride – Project Vision & Description The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages (English and French) as having the same rights, status and privileges.

The City of Ottawa is designing and constructing a new Park and Ride facility at Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard. Chapel Hill Park and Ride is identified as an ‘interim’ facility, with plans for the site to be integrated into future phases of Bus Rapid Transit development. Currently, it is expected that the earliest any changes will be made to the facility will be in 2032, therefore the public artwork that is installed as part of this opportunity will be deemed to be temporary for approximately 13 years. Towards the end of the lifespan of the Park and Ride, the future of the installed artwork will be determined depending on a variety of factors including the proposed changes to the site, the condition of the artwork, etc.

The construction work at Chapel Hill Park and Ride will consist of:

  • A parking lot with capacity for 263 vehicles
  • A new transit station
  • Vehicular accesses to Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard (entrance only)
  • Bike racks and bike shelters
  • Pedestrian and cycling facilities will connect the park and ride facility along Navan Road to Blue Willow Crescent and along Brian Coburn Boulevard connecting to the existing pathway on Pagé Road.

2.2 Chapel Hill Park and Ride – Project Schedule

*Project schedule and milestones subject to change

Project Milestone Planned Completion
Construction commencement December 2018
Estimated completion of construction September 2019
Park and Ride opens to the public Fall 2019

3. Public Art Opportunity

3.1 Public Art Vision
The public art installation at Chapel Hill Park and Ride will integrate visually significant elements that provide identity and distinctive character to the site. The artwork will enhance the site by creating an environment that is aesthetically interesting and engaging for the community. The artwork(s) should be conceptually and visually innovative, and reflect a thorough and sensitive understanding of place, context and setting along with the surrounding neighbourhood. Applicants should be mindful of the operational activities and regular daily use of Chapel Hill Park and Ride and consider how artworks can contribute to an inviting civic realm where transit users feel welcome.

Public Art Design Requirements
The completed works of art shall:

  • Demonstrate contemporary artistic excellence
  • Show sensitivity to the surrounding community and address site characteristics
  • Be conceptually timeless and enduring
  • Should not obstruct pedestrian flow at the park & ride facility
  • Be engaging to the facility users
  • Be safe for the public
  • Be made of highly permanent materials that are suitable to the environment and require minimal maintenance
  • Comply with all building and electrical codes and bylaws

3.3 Public art site 
There are two planters located between the parking lot and the shelters on the platform, which are available to accommodate an artwork. Transit users will be walking from the parking lot, past the planters to access the platform. The western planter measures approximately 4m wide x 20m long, and the planter to the east measures approximately 3m wide x 10m long. Each planter will be edged with a 6” retaining curb, and filled with topsoil and landscaping. It is recommended that an artwork is located at the end of a planter nearest the centre of the platform.

There is a hydro corridor to the south side of the site with a hydro easement overlapping the southern edge of the park and ride. This hydro easement determines that the maximum height of any artwork above grade cannot exceed 4.5 metres.

  • Eastern planter

area for artwork

  • Western planter

place for art

If you require an architectural scale drawing of the site, please contact publicartprogram@ottawa.ca.

3.4 Public Art Budget
The total budget for this commission is $18,000 in Canadian Dollars (CAD) plus Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), and must include all costs required to design, fabricate, transport and install the public art, including the cost of engineering, attachments and anchoring to the installed foundation base, and reinstatement of any landscaping. This should also include any travel expenses incurred by the artist or artist team.

The cost of installing the foundation will be covered by the construction project, within reason.

4. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Process

4.1 RFQ Process
This public art commission will be awarded following a two-stage, arms length, competitive process as follows:

Request for Qualifications: Stage I
Qualifications will be evaluated by a peer assessment committee consisting of artists with public art experience, a community representative and representatives from the Design Team. This committee will shortlist between three to five artists to move forward to Stage II.

Request for Proposals: Stage II
Shortlisted artists will be given an honorarium of $600 plus HST and a detailed Terms of Reference for preparing proposals, drawings and budgets for stage two of the competition. A technical review of proposals will be requested prior to the final submission date. Proposals will be reviewed by the project team who will provide feedback on the technical and logistical feasibility of the proposed artwork. Draft proposals will not be shared with the voting members of the Peer Assessment Committee. Comments will be shared with shortlisted artists in order to incorporate into final proposals.

Shortlisted artists are required to attend a public open house to present their designs to the public and to answer questions. In addition, shortlisted proposals will be posted online for comment by the public. All comments received from the public during this consultation will be submitted to the peer assessment committee for consideration.

At a date following the public consultation process, artists will meet individually with the peer assessment committee for a 30 minute interview to present their proposals and answer questions.

4.2 RFQ Schedule

Competition Milestone Planned Completion
RFQ issued 21June 2019
Deadline for Submissions – RFQ closing date 21 August 2019
Peer Assessment Committee Stage 1 5 September 2019
Information meeting for shortlisted artists 25 September 2019
Technical review 28 October – 1 November 2019
Deadline for final submissions 20 November 2019
Online survey & Public Open House 25 November – December 6 2019
Peer Assessment Committee Stage 2 13 December 2019
Fabrication begins January 2020
Installation Fall 2020
Project completion Fall 2020 (tbd)

4.3 Inquiries
Inquiries regarding this RFQ must be directed to Hannah Kingscote, Public Art Officer by email at publicartprogram@ottawa.ca or phone 613-244-4429.

5. RFQ Requirements and Evaluation

5.1 RFQ Requirements
Applicants are required to address the following requirements in sufficient depth in their submissions. The onus is on the applicants to demonstrate that it meets the requirements specified in this RFQ.

  • Demonstrated experience with managing and leading similar scale projects;
  • Innovation and problem solving;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret architectural drawings;
  • Experienced working with stakeholders or others involved in the projects as required;
  • Availability to deliver the project for the duration as set out in the project schedule.

5.2 Evaluation Criteria
All submissions will be evaluated based on the artist’s experience and qualifications (resumé), previous artwork (digital images) and ability to address the public art vision (expression of interest) in relation to this Call to Artists.

Please note:The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project. The decision of the peer assessment committee is final.

6. Submission requirements
Your submission must include all 4 sections listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available on request.

  • Support material may be written in English or French
  • Written documents must be submitted as a single PDF file
  • Submissions must be received by the deadline of Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 12 noon. EST.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
  • NEW! Please send all support material electronically using our new 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.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The Public Art Program will send you 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.

All participants will be notified of the results of the selection process by email.

A complete submission must include all requirements as listed below:

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​6.1 Resumé and References
Submit a current resumé of your art training, public exhibitions and commissions of your artwork and projects and any other experience directly relevant to this opportunity on a maximum of three (3) pages. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If you are applying as a team, submit a separate resumé for each team member and clearly identify the lead contact for this project.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​6.2 Sample Projects
Submit a maximum of two (2) written pages detailing information on relevant project experience, in up to three (3) projects of similar scope and size, undertaken or completed in the past ten (10) years. Each project example should demonstrate experience in related public art projects. Include the following information for each project: project title, team members, client name and location, detailed budget, duration, project overview, role on team, methodology and any other unique or relevant information. Describe how you worked with the construction team, other artists or the community. Images may be included but not required.

6.3 Expression of interest
Submit a maximum of two (2) written pages explaining why you are interested in this opportunity.

  • What aspects of this public art commission inspires you?
  • What connects you and/or your work to the public art vision for this project?
  • What perspective/approach will you bring to this opportunity? How will this project complement your artistic practice?
  • If you are applying as an artist team, tell us about your past collaborations and how you would work together on this project.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​6.4 Samples of previous artwork and detailed listSubmit a maximum of ten (10) files in a combination of digital images and/or video/new media submission of previous artwork. An image file may include a collage of multiple images of the same project, in order to show details or alternate views. Artist teams are also to submit a maximum of ten (10) files. If additional files are included, only the first ten (10) files in the numerical sequence will be considered.

In addition, submit a list, maximum two (2) written pages, with detailed information on the submitted digital images of previous artwork, using the name assigned to the file as per the examples below. Include title, date, medium, dimensions, budget, location, fabrication and installation process and other pertinent information of submitted samples of previous artworks.

Digital image file specifications:

  • JPG format
  • Maximum of 1,240 pixels (along the longest side)
  • Digital image files should be named with a number, followed by the title, date, medium, metric dimensions and cost, each separated by an underscore.

An example of this naming convention is as follows:

  • 01_Title_date_medium_ height x width x depth cm_ $cost.jpg
  • 02_Untitled_2014_LED and resin_1 x 4.5 x 7 m_$180,000.jpg

Video/New Media file specifications:

  • Shared using web link to audio or video file. If the web link does not work, the content will not be viewed.
  • Cued to the excerpt you want viewed (or provide detailed cue instructions in the description field).
  • 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

7. RFQ Conditions

7.1 City Rights The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the Call to Artists. The decision of the Peer Assessment Committee is final.

7.2 Disclosure of Information Applicants shall not issue a news release or other public announcement pertaining to details of the RFQ, their RFQ Submission, or the selection process, without the prior written approval of the City Of Ottawa.

7.3 Copyright and moral rights Copyright, including any and all designs, drawings and final works of art, shall remain the property of the Artist. Moral rights remain with the Artist.

7.4 Confidentiality of Information 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.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. 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’s Public Art Program.

Request for Qualifications: Ottawa Police Service – South Facility, Phase A

Photograph of the location of South Facility on Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

Location of South Facility on Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa

Overview

  • Closing date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 12 noon E.S.T
  • Total budget: $420,000 plus HST
  • Contact: ​​​​​Hannah Kingscote, Public Art Officer
    613-244-4429 | publicartprogram@ottawa.ca 

1. Introduction

1.1 Public Art Program background
Established in 1985, as one of the first in Canada, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art. A renewed Public Art Policy incorporates the strengths of past decades in Ottawa and reaffirms the objectives of commissioning professional artists to create original works of art for integration into public places. The Public Art Policy mandates one percent (1%) of funds from municipal development are mandated for public art in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

1.2 Public Art Opportunity
The City of Ottawa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the opportunity to design, fabricate and install two permanent, site-specific artworks at the new OPS South Facility. This two-stage competition in held in accordance with the Public Art Policy. This Request for Qualifications document provides information, details and submission requirements relating to the OPS South Facility and to this public art competition.

1.3 Acknowledgement - Honouring the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
Ottawa is built on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The people of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The City of Ottawa would like to honour the people and land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The City of Ottawa would also like to honour all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, their elders, their knowledge keepers, both young and old, their ancestors and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

1.4 Eligibility
This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to local, national and international professional artists and artist teams with experience in creating permanent public art and working with multidisciplinary teams. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages (English and French) as having the same rights, status and privileges.

2. Ottawa Police Service (OPS) South Facility Project Background

2.1 OPS South Facility – Project Vision
In 2013, the Ottawa Police Service Board (OPSB) approved the Ottawa Police Service Facilities Strategic Plan (FSP). This is a long term plan that provides clear direction on the infrastructure needed to support the police in the delivery of their operations. A major initiative within the FSP was the need for a new facility in the south of Ottawa to ensure that all Ottawans have access to modern and efficient police stations with client service centres across Ottawa – in the east, west, the core and now the south.

The OPS South Facility will house a mix of police operations and administrative functions, creating a collaborative working environment for Ottawa Police staff. The project is expected to the completed in 2022, with construction starting in Spring 2020.

2.2 OPS South Facility – Project Site & Description
The new facility will be developed on a 15-acre City-owned site, located at 3505 Prince of Wales. The site, which is adjacent to the Carleton Lodge and just south of the Vimy Memorial Bridge, is ideal for serving the southern end of the city, and also deploying frontline officers quickly and efficiently to various points city-wide.

The 170,000 sq ft facility will include a 39,000 sq ft specialty garage and a fleet parkade.

The new South Facility will include Front Desk Services, Frontline Operations, Frontline Specialised Support, Corporate Services, a Community Boardroom and Community Police Center as well as a Collision Reporting Centre (CRC) at the north of the building, where vehicles involved in minor collisions can be photographed.

2.3 OPS South Facility – Project Schedule
*Project schedule and milestones subject to change

Project Milestone Planned Completion
Design Process 2019
General Contractor services contract awarded Early 2020
Construction commencement Spring 2020
Substantial completion of construction Late 2021
Move-in Spring 2022

3. Public Art Opportunity

3.1 Public Art Vision
The public art installations at the OPS South Facility will integrate visually significant elements that provide identity and distinctive character to the site. The artwork will enhance the site by creating an environment that is aesthetically interesting and engaging for the community, pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The artworks should be conceptually and visually innovative, and reflect a thorough and sensitive understanding of place, context and setting. They should be respectful of the values and mission of Ottawa Police Services which includes a commitment to protecting the safety and security of communities through honor, courage and service. Applicants should be mindful of the operational activities and regular daily use of the facility and consider how artworks can contribute to an inviting civic realm where visitors and building staff feel welcome.

3.2 Public Art Design Requirements

Completed works of art shall:

  • Demonstrate contemporary artistic excellence
  • Be conceptually timeless and enduring
  • Show sensitivity to the surrounding community and address site characteristics
  • Integrate with the style and function of the facility, complementing the architecture, style, scale, medium and integrity of the OPS South Facility building and landscaping
  • Be engaging to the facility users
  • Be safe for the public – objects that provide places to hide or places that are obscured from lines of sight to the public art are discouraged
  • Be made of highly permanent materials that are suitable to the environment and require minimal maintenance
  • Comply with all building and electrical codes and bylaws 

3.3. Public art Sites
Two locations have been identified for artwork installations, and applicants are invited to consider both spaces when applying to this opportunity. Electricity can be made available for the artworks.

The following locations have been identified:

Exterior Installation
An exterior opportunity to the west of the building and highly visible from Prince of Wales Drive, to screen the west side of the photo booth for the Collision Reporting Centre. Vehicles involved in minor collisions will park alongside the photo booth and be photographed by cameras mounted on the wall.

Interior Installation
A two-storey spacious public lobby at the west side of the building, which affords creative opportunities to enhance the space in one or two locations:

  • The wall above the information desk (approx. 19m wide and 2m high) and/or
  • suspended from the structure in the atrium

The exterior glazing will allow the artwork to be visible from the outside.

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3.4 Public Art Budget
The total budget for this commission is $420,000 in Canadian Dollars (CAD) plus Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). This public art budget includes all costs to consult, collaborate, design, fabricate, store, transport and install the public art, plus the cost of engineering, attachments, anchoring or foundations and reinstatement of landscaping. This should also include the Artist’s or Artist’s team time, travel and attendance at meetings and events.

3.5 Security clearance requirement
Prior to contract award, the winning proponent must successfully obtain a level 1 OPS clearance for each individual working on this project in the Artists’ team. Each person will be required to fill in, to the satisfaction of the OPS, the security form within five days from being notified of the competition outcome. All proposed team members who will have access to the OPS facility, and any related documentation pertaining to this project, have to be security cleared to commence any work. This includes anyone receiving drawings, working on fabrication, installation etc.

4. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Process

4.1 RFQ Process
This public art commission will be awarded following a two-stage, arms length, competitive process as follows:

Request for Qualifications: Stage I
Qualifications will be evaluated by a Peer Assessment Committee consisting of artists with public art experience, a community representative and representatives from the OPS South Facility project. This committee will review and evaluate submissions from artists in accordance with the Evaluation Criteria and will shortlist a maximum of four artists to advance to Stage II.

Request for Proposals: Stage II
Shortlisted artists will meet with the Project Team for an Information Session, either in person or remotely and will be given Terms of Reference for preparing proposals, drawings and budgets for Stage II of the competition. Shortlisted artists (maximum four) will be paid an honorarium of $1500 plus HST for the preparation of a presentation to the Peer Assessment Committee and will be reimbursed up to $1700 CAD per artist or artist team for travel to Ottawa (if living more than 150km from Ottawa).

A technical review of proposals will be requested prior to the final submission date. Proposals will be reviewed by the project team, which will provide feedback on the technical and logistical feasibility of the proposed artwork. Draft proposals will not be shared with the voting members of the Peer Assessment Committee. Comments will be shared with shortlisted artists in order to be incorporated into final proposals.

At a date following the submission of Stage II documentation, artists will meet individually with the Peer Assessment Committee for a 30 minute interview to present their proposals and answer questions. It is expected that a finalist will be determined by the peer assessment committee in November 2019.

4.2 RFQ Schedule

Competition Milestone Planned Completion
RFQ issued 22 May 2019
Deadline for Submissions – RFQ closing date 26 June 2019
Peer Assessment Committee Stage 1 11 July 2019
Shortlisted Artists notified and issued with Terms of Reference 12 July 2019
Information meeting for Shortlisted Artists 15 July 2019
Deadline for draft submissions 11 September 2019
Technical review 12-18 September 2019
Deadline for final submissions 2 October 2019
Online survey + Public Open House 10 – 28 October 2019
Peer Assessment Committee Stage 2: Presentations and Interviews 13 November 2019
Meeting with commissioned artist / artist team and Project Team November 2019
Fabrication and installation December 2019 – 2022 (tbd)
Project completion 2022

4.3 Inquiries
Inquiries regarding this RFQ must be directed to Hannah Kingscote, Public Art Officer by email at publicartprogram@ottawa.ca or phone 613-244-4429

5 RFQ Requirements and Evaluation

5.1 RFQ Requirements
Applicants are required to address the following requirements in sufficient depth in their submissions. The onus is on the applicants to demonstrate that it meets the requirements specified in this RFQ.

  • Demonstrated experience with managing and leading projects of a minimum of $250,000 CAD;
  • Experience working on complex public art projects integrated within largescale architecture or landscape projects;
  • Innovation and problem solving;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret architectural drawings
  • Experienced working with stakeholders or others involved in the projects as required.;
  • Availability to deliver the project for the duration as set out in the project schedule

5.2 Evaluation Criteria
All submissions will be evaluated based on the artist’s experience and qualifications (resumé), previous artwork (digital images) and ability to address the public art vision (expression of interest) in relation to this Call to Artists.

Please note:
The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project. The decision of the peer assessment committee is final.

6. Submission requirements

Your submission must include all 5 sections listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available on request.

  • Support material may be written in English or French
  • Written documents must be submitted as a single PDF file
  • Submissions must be received by the deadline of Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 12 noon. EST.
  • NEW! Please send all support material electronically using our new 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.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The Public Art Program will send you 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.

All participants will be notified of the results of the selection process by email.

A complete submission must include all requirements as listed below:

6.1 Resumé and References
Submit a current resumé of your art training, public exhibitions and commissions of your artwork and projects and any other experience directly relevant to this opportunity on a maximum of three (3) pages. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If you are applying as a team, submit a separate resumé for each team member and clearly identify the lead contact for this project.

In addition, submit contact information for two (2) professional references who can verify qualification and projects demonstrated in the submission. References will be called for shortlisted artists only for verification purposes. Please ensure these references are aware that they may be contacted by the City of Ottawa as part of the process for this Request for Qualifications.

6.2 Sample Projects
Submit a maximum of two (2) written pages detailing information on relevant project experience, in up to three (3) projects of similar scope and size, undertaken or completed in the past ten (10) years. Each project example should demonstrate experience in related public art projects. Include the following information for each project: project title, team members, client name and location, detailed budget, duration, project overview, role on team, methodology and any other unique or relevant information. Images may be included but not required.

6.3 Expression of interest
Submit a maximum of two (2) written pages explaining why you are interested in this opportunity.

  • What aspects of this opportunity inspires and excites you?
  • What connects you and/or your work to the public art vision for this project?
  • What perspective / approach will you bring to the project?
  • If you are applying as an artist team, tell us about your past collaborations and how you would work together on this project.

*Please do not include proposal information or sketches of a proposed concept. These will not be accepted at this stage as this Call to Artists is a Request for Qualifications not a Request for Proposals.

​​​​​​​6.4 Samples of previous artwork and detailed list
Submit a maximum of ten (10) files in a combination of digital images and/or video/new media submission of previous artwork. An image file may include a collage of multiple images of the same project, in order to show details or alternate views. Artist teams are also to submit a maximum of ten (10) files. If additional files are included, only the first ten (10) files in the numerical sequence will be considered.

In addition, submit a list, maximum two (2) written pages, with detailed information on the submitted digital images of previous artwork, using the name assigned to the file as per the examples below. Include title, date, medium, dimensions, budget, location, fabrication and installation process and other pertinent information of submitted samples of previous artworks.

Digital image file specifications:

  • JPG format
  • Maximum of 1,240 pixels (along the longest side)
  • Digital image files should be named with a number, followed by the title, date, medium, metric dimensions and cost, each separated by an underscore.

An example of this naming convention is as follows:

  • 01_Title_date_medium_ height x width x depth cm_ $cost.jpg
  • 02_Untitled_2014_LED and resin_1 x 4.5 x 7 m_$180,000.jpg

Video/New Media file specifications:

  • Shared using web link to audio or video file. If the web link does not work, the content will not be viewed.
  • Cued to the excerpt you want viewed (or provide detailed cue instructions in the description field).
  • 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

7. RFQ Conditions

7.1 City Rights
The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the Call to Artists. The decision of the Peer Assessment Committee is final.

7.2 Disclosure of Information
Applicants shall not issue a news release or other public announcement pertaining to details of the RFQ, their RFQ Submission, or the selection process, without the prior written approval of the City Of Ottawa.

7.3 Copyright and moral rights
Copyright, including any and all designs, drawings and final works of art, shall remain the property of the Artist. Moral rights remain with the Artist.

7.4 Confidentiality of Information
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.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. 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’s Public Art Program.

8 Definitions

Artist Supply Agreement, the contract between the City of Ottawa and the selected Artist for the public art opportunity of Artist on Design Team.

Peer Assessment Committee, a group of individuals with expertise in diverse parts of the arts sector, including disciplinary knowledge and other expertise. Such committees review and assess applications as part of the public art procurement process.

Professional Artist, an artist who:

  • Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
  • Is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition).
  • Is committed to devoting time and resources to artistic activities.
  • Has a history of public presentation or publication.

RFQ, Request for Qualifications

Site-specific art, whether long-term or temporary, functional or aesthetic, standalone or integrated and in any media, is an original work that is created in response to the immediate context of the building and or landscape within the site.

Standalone (non-integrated) public art is not a physical part of a building, structure or landscape, and is developed independently from the construction of the facility.

Technical Review Panel, to be composed of conservation, design, engineering and project technical experts, responsible for reviewing the selected artist(s) public art proposal in regards to feasibility, maintenance, conservation and other technical considerations.

Calls and opportunities: O-Train Public Art

Confederation Line East/West Extensions Public Art Projects

This competition is now closed. Learn more

Overview

This opportunity will result in three artists’ teams working with the O-Train Stage 2 Design Team to create a cohesive narrative between and along the O-Train Confederation East/West extensions.

  1. Confederation Line East Extension:  One artist team will be given an opportunity to integrate works of art and transform a series of five station sites – Montreal Road, Jeanne D’arc, Place d’Orléans, Trim, Orleans Blvd and the surrounding landscape.
  2. Confederation Line West Extension #1:  One artist team will be given an opportunity to transform a cluster of five station sites that include Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard and Lincoln fields.
  3. Confederation Line West Extension​ #2: One artist team will be given an opportunity to transform a cluster of six station sites that include Moodie, Bayshore, Pinecrest, Queensview, Iris, and Baseline.

As members of the design team, artist teams will have an opportunity to address space, object, and pedestrian movement. The public art designs may include integrated, non-integrated artwork, place-making and cultural landscaping elements as a component of the overall design of the station sites.

Selection process

  • Stage 1: Request for Qualifications 
    Artists’ teams are invited to submit their credentials to be reviewed for eligibility by City of Ottawa procurement staff and selected by an independent jury of arts and art transit professionals. The selection jury will recommend a shortlist of candidates from the submissions received through the RFQ.
  • Stage 2: Request for Interview
    Artists’ teams who have been shortlisted will be invited to attend an information session with Stage 2 Design Team in June 2019 - followed by an interview to the selection committee.

Key Team Members: Relevant Project Experience

  • Three (3) years demonstrated project experience of complex public art, preferably within transit projects
  • Public art in complex multi-model national and international architecture or infrastructure projects
  • Innovation and problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience working as members of an artist team and/or multidisciplinary design team on large scale urban development projects, in particular related to architecture, engineering (e.g. structural, civil, electrical, mechanical), landscape architecture and/or industrial design
  • Demonstrated experience with managing project budgets over $1 Million CND
  • Knowledge and ability to read and interpret architectural drawings and meet requirements for engineering preliminary design, final design and construction as well as fabrication and installation of public art, including tendering process
  • Availability for the duration of the project time

Trillium Line Public Art Project

This competition is now closed.

Overview

The public art opportunity is for one artist team to design digital media artworks at various spaces throughout three station sites along the Trillium Line: Gladstone, South Keys and Bowesville.

Artist teams will have an opportunity to address space, object, and pedestrian movement. The public art designs may include integrated, non-integrated artwork, place-making and cultural landscaping elements as a component of the overall design of the station sites. Maximizing public access and visibility of public art elements will be important considerations for the success of the O-Train extensions in Stage 2.

Selection process

  • Stage 1: Request for Qualifications 
    Artists’ teams are invited to submit their credentials to be reviewed for eligibility by City of Ottawa staff and selection by an independent peer selection committee of arts, and art transit professionals. The selection committee will recommend a shortlist of candidates from the submissions received through the RFQ.
  • Stage 2: Request for Proposal 
    Artists’ teams who have been shortlisted and will be invited to submit a proposal to the selection committee July 2019.        

Lead Artist: Relevant Project Experience

  • Project experience of complex public art projects within large-scale Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects and/or Design, Build, Finance, Maintain (DBFM) projects, preferably projects specific to transit;
  • Experience completing three (3) to five (5) digital public art projects (including design, fabrication and installation) in complex multi-phased national and / or international projects;
  • Public art in complex multi-model national and international architecture or infrastructure projects;
  • Innovation and problem solving;
  • Demonstrated three (3) years+ experience working on an artist teams and/or multidisciplinary infrastructure design team;
  • Demonstrated experience with managing and authoring projects over $500,000.00 CND;
  • Knowledge and ability to read and interpret architectural drawings and meet requirements for engineering preliminary design, final design and construction as well as fabrication and installation of public art, including tendering process;
  • Availability for the duration of the project timeline.

Direct Purchase program

2019 Direct Purchase

 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection (installation view) 2018, City Hall Art Gallery. Kaleidoscope: 2018 Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection (installation view), 2018, City Hall Art Gallery. Photo : City of Ottawa.

This competition is now closed. The Call for 2020 Direct Purchase applications will be announced in 2020.

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About Direct Purchase

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-stage process:

At the first stage, 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 stage in early 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, 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 is to acquire 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Assessment Criteria

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

  • Artistic Merit
  • Regional importance
  • Innovation
  • Conservation and Maintenance requirements

Deadline and notification

The Public Art Program will send you 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.

All participants will be notified of the results of the first stage of the 2019 Direct Purchase by June 8th, 2019.

Results are final. Due to the volume of applications received, 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

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Call for proposals: 2020 exhibitions

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

image of interior of two galleries

(left) Cheryl Pagurek – Fragile, City Hall Art Gallery.
(right) Barbara Brown and Cynthia O’Brien with Judith Parker, curatorial collaborator – LifeCycle Conversations, Karsh-Masson Gallery. Photos: City of Ottawa

This competition is now closed. The Call for proposals: 2021 exhibitions at Karsh-Masson Gallery‎ and City Hall Art Gallery will be announced in March 2020.

Once a year, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites professional artists and curators to propose an exhibition. Proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions are presented at Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery the following year.

About Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery 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 and are wheelchair accessible. Admission is free.

Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery feature the work of professional artists working in all media and include solo, group and curated exhibitions, exhibitions from the diplomatic sector, and circulating exhibitions from other institutions. Both galleries present a combined total of approximately 11 exhibitions annually, each of which lasts approximately seven weeks. Annual programming consists of artist talks and tours, 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. An exhibition related to the Karsh Award is presented every two years at Karsh-Masson Gallery and the next one will occur in 2020.

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 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.

Gallery Floor Plans

Karsh-Masson Gallery
City Hall Art Gallery

Eligibility

  • The call for proposals is open to 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.
  • National and international applicants are eligible, however priority is given to applicants who live, or have lived, within a 150 km radius of Ottawa or who have a local connection, such as participating in the local arts community. Successful applicants will be responsible for all costs related to shipping artwork to and from the gallery, travel and accommodation.
  • Applicants who have exhibited at 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 Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery. 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 at www.esasafe.com/electricalproducts/marks.
  • For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Authority at www.esasafe.com 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.

Honorarium

  • Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition fee as outlined by the 2020 CARFAC Fee Schedule (A.1 – Category I). 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.
  • Complex installations of any kind which require support beyond the exhibition 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
  • Appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space
  • Regional importance

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.

Compliance review

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.

Contact us

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

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Request for Qualifications: OLP-LAC Joint Facility

Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility - Public Art Opportunity

Updated March 21, 2019

City of Ottawa logo and Public Art Program logo

This competition is now closed.  Learn more

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1. Introduction

1.1 City of Ottawa, Public Art Program

Established in 1985, as one of the first in Canada, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art. A renewed Public Art Policy incorporates the strengths of past decades in Ottawa and reaffirms the objectives of commissioning professional artists to create original works of art for integration into public places. The Public Art Policy mandates one percent (1%) of funds from municipal development projects to be set aside for public art in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

1.2 Public Art Opportunity

The City of Ottawa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the opportunity of Artist on Design Team to work collaboratively with the Architectural Design Team of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Joint Facility to design, fabricate and install a permanent, site-specific artwork integrated into the facility. This two-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy. This Request for Qualifications document provides important information, details and submission requirements related to the OLP-LAC Joint Facility and to this public art competition.

1.3 Acknowledgement - Honouring the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples

Ottawa is built on unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The people of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The City of Ottawa would like to honour the people and land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation. The City of Ottawa would also like to honour all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, their elders, their knowledge keepers, both young and old, their ancestors and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

1.4 Request for Qualification (RFQ) Eligibility

This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to local, national and international professional artists and artist teams with experience in creating permanent public art and working on multidisciplinary design teams. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages (English and French) as having the same rights, status and privileges.

2. Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Joint Facility Project Background

2.1 OPL-LAC Facility - Project Vision

The OPL and LAC Joint Facility will contribute to the ongoing transformation of Canada’s capital into a world-class city through the creation of a modern, prestigious facility that brings together and showcases a new Ottawa Public Library’s Central Library with Library and Archives Canada’s public services in a new combined municipal/national institution.

The collaboration between the OPL and LAC is based on shared values of intellectual freedom and access to information, and will result in the creation of an iconic and meaningful destination in the nation’s capital. This destination will reflect Ottawa’s and Canada’s heritage and origins, and at the same time acknowledge the future through the creation of an experience that is both local and national.

The objective of the project is to bring together, in a shared facility, a new Ottawa Central Library and Library and Archives Canada’s public programs and services in the National Capital Region. The project will be a defining image for 21st century Ottawa, celebrating community vitality and the history of Ottawa, the greater Ottawa area, and Canada.

The value in the OPL and LAC collaboration will be realized through:

  • Creation of a civic and national landmark;
  • Richer customer experience for all visitors to a joint facility;
  • Unique opportunities for shared programming, including exterior programming and events;
  • Enhanced access for OPL customers to national collections and resources; and
  • Increased visibility and exposure for LAC public services due to the high volume of visitors to the Ottawa Central Library.

2.2 OPL-LAC Joint Facility - Project Description

The overall size of the facility will be approximately 20,000 gross m2 (216,000 ft2) with 61% or 12,080 m2 (133,000 ft2) allocated to OPL, and 39% or 7,710 m2 (83,000 ft2) to LAC. The Project will be located at 555 Albert Street, a site owned by the City of Ottawa that is approximately 250 m from the Pimisi light rail station. It is conservatively anticipated that the joint facility will have an average of 5,000 visitors each day.

The City of Ottawa and the Government of Canada are committed to sustainability in their facilities and strive to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations. To demonstrate leadership in sustainability, the facility will obtain a minimum of level Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) v4 for the Build Design and Construction.

The Project contains 21 functional components made up of OPL-only spaces, LAC-only spaces, and shared spaces. The shared spaces will enhance the complementary but unique nature of OPL and LAC services, and will include:

  • Exterior Spaces - a shared outdoor space for programs and activities, acting as an interface between the building and the public realm;
  • A Main Entrance and Town Square - a shared entrance space with access to OPL and LAC spaces, and meeting spaces, featuring a café and Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA) Shop;
  • Public Forum and Meeting Spaces - large multi-purpose spaces for programming and events for the community, as well as both OPL and LAC;
  • An Exhibition Gallery - museum-quality spaces featuring exhibitions of rare and unique LAC collections, travelling exhibitions; and OPL and Ottawa community exhibitions and;
  • A Genealogy Centre - a one-of-a-kind research space offering OPL and LAC services and collections.

2.3 OPL – LAC Joint Facility - Site

The OPL-LAC Joint Facility will be located at 555 Albert Street near residential and mixed-use areas, the Pimisi light rail station, and green spaces. The site offers excellent sightlines and connectivity to the surrounding cityscape and natural environment, with views of the historic LeBreton Flats, aqueduct and Fleet Street pumping station, the Ottawa River, Gatineau Hills and the downtown Ottawa skyline. The OPL-LAC Joint facility will also be located in close proximity to Chaudière Falls, a traditional sacred site for the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation and other First Nations. The site and its surrounding area and views will be important considerations for both architectural design and public art development. The facility will be positioned to maximize the site’s historic views and enhanced topography of the escarpment.

2.4 OPL-LAC Project Schedule

3. Public Art Opportunity

3.1 Artist on Design Team

As Artist on Design Team, the selected Artist or artist team will work collaboratively with the architectural team during the design development process of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility, allowing for seamless integration of public art and artistic enhancements into the project design and construction. The preferred design team is the consortium of Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects and procurement of professional design services is currently in the negotiation and contract finalization phase. This public art opportunity is conditioned by a desire to leverage the Artists’ talent, vision and experience and to realize artistic concepts early in the design development of the OPL-LAC Joint Facility.

The selected Artist or artist team will bring creative energy, professionalism, design excellence and innovation to the OPL-LAC Joint Facility design process and will develop a public art concept to be integrated into the architecture and/or landscape. In addition, the Artist on Design Team will be required to attend and participate in public and stakeholder engagement sessions as part of the Architect’s Design Process Engagement and Consultation (DPEC) Plan, to engage and inform the development of a public art proposal.

Public art may take the form of a standalone or architecturally integrated artwork, digital artwork and other visual art forms. The fabrication and installation of artwork(s) may be managed directly by the Artist or by the Architect depending on the selected Artist(s) approach.  Regardless, the Architect shall be responsible for the engineering and design coordination of the base building modifications, such as structural and electrical modifications, necessary to support the installation of the selected artwork(s) as required.

3.2 Scope of Work

The proposed period of contract for the Artist on Design Team for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility will be approximately five (5) years from 2019 to 2024, with the peak period of productivity occurring during design development and construction coordination of the artwork. The contracted Artist(s) will be required to adhere to the responsibilities as set out in the Public Art Terms of Reference, issued to shortlisted artists, and to the Artist Supply Agreement that will include but are not limited to the following scope of work:

  • Act as an integral member of the design team in all phases, championing the importance of artistic excellence; 
  • Participate in meetings with the Design Team, public stakeholders and or Client Advisory Team (CAT) as required;
  • Identify locations suitable for artwork installation(s) in collaboration with the Architect with an approach to the facility design that holistically considers site, architecture, art, landscape, signage and wayfinding;
  • Collaborate with an Indigenous Art and Placemaking Program, a separate art opportunity for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility, to assist with site identification and for a coordinated and holistic approach to art at the facility;   
  • Develop artwork concepts, such as drawings and 3-D models or maquettes, including cost estimates, material samples, fabrication, installation, maintenance plans and conservation reports;
  • Present artwork concepts for review and approval by the Design and Curatorial Review Panel and Technical Review Panel during key design review milestones;
  • Manage the fabrication and installation of artwork, or inspect and oversee the artwork fabrication as coordinated by the Architect, as appropriate.

3.3. Public Art Vision

Public art for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility should add distinctive visual character to the facility, enhance user experience and be universal in appeal to the diverse patrons of the facility. The public art should elevate the OPL-LAC Joint Facility and the City of Ottawa Art Collection to an international level of design excellence, engaging in dialogue with the architecture and the site.  

Public art for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility should be original, site-specific, iconic, visually striking and representing the highest standards of contemporary artistic excellence. The artwork should create discussion and excitement attracting people to the new facility. The artwork should have a strong connection to place, be respectful of the site context and reflect OPL-LAC goals of creating a library and archives for the future that inspires learning, sparks curiosity and connects people.

3.4. Public Art Budget

The total budget for the Artist on Design Team contract is approximately $600,000 in Canadian Dollars (CAD) plus Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). The public art budget is approximate and is subject to change. This budget includes all costs required to consult, collaborate, design, fabricate, store, transport and install the public art, including the Artist’s time, travel and attendance at meetings and events. The cost for engineering of the artwork for integration will be assumed by the Architect and costs for associated artwork infrastructure (anchoring, foundations and/or electrical) will be assumed by the Project, within reason and subject to negotiation.

4. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Process

4.1 RFQ Process

The Artist on Design Team contract will be awarded following a two-stage, arms length, competitive process as follows:

Request for Qualifications: Stage I - Submissions will be evaluated by a Peer Assessment Committee consisting of artists, arts professionals and peers with public art experience, the Design Team lead Architect and project representatives. This committee will review and evaluate all submissions in accordance with the evaluation Criteria listed below, and will shortlist a maximum of six (6) artists to advance to Stage II. Shortlisted artists must meet all of the requirements of 5.3.1 Gated Requirements, score a minimum of 70% and achieve the highest scores out of 80 points as per 5.3.2 Rated Requirements. 

Presentation and Interviews: Stage II - Shortlisted artists will attend an Information Session with key members of the Design Team and the Project Team (in person or remotely) and will be issued a Terms of Reference with key information and details on Stage II competition requirements and the Artist Supply Agreement. Shortlisted artists (maximum six) will be paid an honorarium of $500 for the preparation of a presentation to the Peer Assessment Committee and will be reimbursed up to $1,500 CAD for travel to interview in Ottawa. Shortlisted artists will deliver presentations and will be interviewed by the Peer Assessment Committee (in person or remotely). The successful applicant will be awarded from a combined evaluation score from Stage I qualifications and Stage II interviews.

4.2 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Schedule

Competition Milestone

Planned Completion

RFQ issued

December 14, 2018

Deadline to submit inquiries on RFQ

January 21, 2019

Last day for issuance of Addenda

January 28, 2019

Deadline for Submissions – RFQ closing date

Monday, February 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Peer Assessment Committee Stage 1

February 2019

Shortlisted Artists notified and Terms of Reference issued

February 2019

Information meeting for shortlisted Artists

February 2019

Peer Assessment Committee Stage 2: Presentations and Interviews

March 2019

Contract Award

March 2019

Kick-off meeting with Design Team

April 2019

5. RFQ Requirements and Evaluation

5.1 RFQ Requirements

Applicants are required to address the following requirements in sufficient depth in their submissions. The onus is on the applicants to demonstrate that it meets the requirements specified in this RFQ.

  • Demonstrated experience with managing and leading projects over $300,000 CAD;
  • Experience working on complex public art projects integrated within large-scale architecture or landscape projects; 
  • Innovation and problem solving;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Knowledge and ability to read and interpret architectural drawings;
  • Experienced in the requirements for engineering preliminary design, final design and construction, as well as fabrication and installation of public art, including the tendering process;
  • Demonstrated ability to create scaled, digital design drawings; 
  • Experienced working with stakeholders or others involved in the projects as required;
  • Availability to deliver the project for the durations as set out in the project schedule.

5.2 Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated based on two parts, first on Gated Requirement and then on Rated Requirement. Submissions that do not meet all of the Gated Requirements will not be further considered or evaluated.

5.2.1 Gated Requirements: (Pass/Fail)

Applicants’ résumés must demonstrate the minimum requirements listed here in order to be considered for this Request for Qualifications. For applicants applying as a team, the lead Artist must demonstrate the minimum requirements; a combination of team members’ experience will not be considered.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Demonstrated seven (7) years or more of professional experience creating permanent public art; 
  • Demonstrated experience working on three (3) or more projects as Artist on Design Team and or lead Artist on a multidisciplinary team.

7. RFQ Conditions

7.1. City Rights

The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the Call to Artists. The decision of the Peer Assessment Committee is final.

7.2 Disclosure of Information

Applicants shall not issue a news release or other public announcement pertaining to details of the RFQ, their RFQ Submission, or the selection process, without the prior written approval of the City Of Ottawa.

7.3 Copyright and moral rights

Copyright, including any and all designs, drawings and final works of art, shall remain the property of the Artist. Moral rights remain with the Artist.

7.4 Confidentiality of Information

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.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. 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’s Public Art Program.

8. Definitions

Artist on Design Team, an Artist, embedded as a contributing member of the Design Team, to integrate public art concepts early in the design. 

Artist Supply Agreement, the contract between the City of Ottawa and the selected Artist for the public art opportunity of Artist on Design Team.

Client Advisory Team (CAT), the group consisting of representatives from the City of Ottawa, OPL, LAC, and a third-party Project Manager (City) representative. Each group may include additional organizational representation as required throughout the life of the Project to supplement the CAT.

Design and Curatorial Review Panel, responsible for reviewing the selected Artist(s) public art proposal in regards to artistic and conceptual merit, composed of members of the peer assessment committee or other public art/curatorial professionals, CAT and the Lead Architect.  

Design Team, Architecture and/or Landscape Team, forming part of OPL-LAC Joint Facility Project. This Team is responsible for the development of the joint facility design, architecture and related landscape elements.

Design Process Engagement and Consultation (DPEC) Plan, prepared by the Architect, outlines a public engagement plan for the entirety of the project that is flexible and allows for responsiveness to the information and ideas received by various stakeholders.

Indigenous Art and Placemaking Program, a separate but coordinated art program for the OPL-LAC Joint Facility, is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists in response to recommendations from Ottawa Public Library’s Response to Truth and Reconciliation Report.

Integrated public art, artworks that are designed as an integral element of the architecture and/or landscape design. These works of public art are a permanent and fixed component of the construction of the site and are not transient or mobile in nature.

Peer Assessment Committee, a group of individuals with expertise in diverse parts of the arts sector, including disciplinary knowledge and other expertise. Such committees review and assess applications as part of the public art procurement process.

Professional Artist, an artist who:

  • Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions).
  • Is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition).
  • Is committed to devoting time and resources to artistic activities.
  • Has a history of public presentation or publication.

RFQ, Request for Qualifications

Site-specific art, whether long-term or temporary, functional or aesthetic, standalone or integrated and in any media, is an original work that is created in response to the immediate context of the building and or landscape within the site.

Standalone (non-integrated) public art is not a physical part of a building, structure or landscape, and is developed independently from the construction of the facility.

Technical Review Panel, to be composed of conservation, design, engineering and project technical experts, responsible for reviewing the selected artist(s) public art proposal in regards to feasibility, maintenance, conservation and other technical considerations.    

Request for Qualifications: Vanier and Montreal Road

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Vanier and Montreal Road Public Art Plan

Published July 30, 2018

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The City of Ottawa invites curators, planning artists or public art consultants to submit their qualifications for consideration to develop a comprehensive Public Art Plan for Vanier and Montreal Road. This two-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy.

Overview

  • Closing date: Tuesday August 28, 4:30 p.m. E.S.T
  • Total budget: $20,000 CAD + HST
  • Development time: October 2018 – February 2019 (Approximately)
  • Contact: Melissa Black, Public Art Officer
    melissa.black@ottawa.ca, 613-244-4261

Introduction
Established in 1985, as one of the first in Canada, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art. A renewed Public Art Policy incorporates the strengths of past decades in Ottawa and reaffirms the objectives of commissioning professional artists to create original works of art for integration into public places. One percent of funds from municipal development are mandated for public art in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

Eligibility
This Request for Qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to curators, planning artists and public art consultants with experience in developing public art plans and or public art curatorial projects. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities 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 are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Project Background
The City of Ottawa is undertaking a number of initiatives in the community of Vanier with the common goals of improving neighbourhood vibrancy and liveability under the banner of Vision Vanier.

Projects include:

City staff will be coordinating and facilitating public engagement and consultation opportunities in the community over the next year asking residents, business owners, property owners, the Business Improvement Area, cultural groups and others for their opinions and ideas on a variety of plans, policies and programs. The proponent retained to produce the Vanier and Montreal Road Public Art Plan may wish to coordinate with existing community consultations or may wish to conduct their own public art specific engagement sessions.

Montreal Road Revitalization
In summer of 2017, the City completed the Montreal Road Functional Planning Study, which outlined a vision for the 2km section of Montreal Road between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. This vision is to construct a vibrant and welcoming main street with a well-balanced transportation network that will allow residents and businesses to thrive.

The City is now in the design phase of the project which focuses on refining the improvements proposed in the planning study and developing construction drawings. Once the detailed design is complete, the project will move forward into construction scheduled to start in spring 2019 and finish by 2021. The Montreal Road Revitalization represents a significant investment in the streetscape right of way and will have a large impact on redefining the public realm on the street.

Vanier and Montreal Road Public Art Project
In keeping with the Public Art Policy, 1% of the construction costs of the Montreal Road Revitalization project and other eligible capital projects have allocated funds towards public art. The community’s diversity, unique history and character requires a comprehensive, inclusive and phased approach to developing Public Art for Vanier and Montreal Road. Phase 1 involves the development of a Public Art Plan informed by research, consultation and collaboration with the community and Phase 2 involves implementing the recommendations of the Art Plan by issuing Calls to Artists for the various public art opportunities.

Neighborhood Profile
Vanier is a historically francophone neighbourhood in the Rideau-Vanier Ward in Ottawa’s east end. The neighbourhood is located on the east bank of the Rideau River, across from the neighbourhoods of Lowertown and Sandy Hill, and south of Rockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh, Lindenlea, and Manor Park. Montreal Road is a designated traditional main street and is the main thoroughfare of the community with a mix of businesses, community organizations and residential properties. This is a well-established area with most of the housing constructed prior to the 1960’s with many residents able to trace their family histories to the area’s early days.

Vanier has a relatively small area with a high population density that is culturally diverse and home to a large indigenous and Inuit population. Despite challenges with community safety and economic development, the residents and communities are proud and engaged in the development and revitalization of Montreal Road and Vanier.

Community Resources

Opportunity
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program is seeking an experienced and highly motivated curator, planning artist or public art consultant to develop a Public Art Plan for Montreal Road and the surrounding Vanier communities*. The proponent will work collaboratively with the Montreal Road Revitalization Project Team, City of Ottawa staff and local stakeholders to determine a conceptual framework for art integrations. The proponent must bring a high level of conceptual ability and innovation to the planning process and inspire City of Ottawa staff and the community to reach for the best and most creative solutions for public art.

The Public Art Plan once developed, with considerable research and community consultations should be a strong conceptual plan with concrete recommendations for public art opportunities for Montreal Road and the surrounding Vanier communities* that identify context, themes, sites, approaches and budgets. The Public Art Program will implement the recommendations of the Montreal Road and Vanier Public Art Plan in Phase 2 of this project and will use the plan as a framework to govern future public art projects as additional funds become available.

*The term communities refer to an inclusive understanding of multiple and diverse community groups, organizations, cultures, businesses and individuals residing within Vanier including First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities, Francophones, racialized communities, immigrants and newcomers.

Project Vision
The development of the Public Art Plan for Montreal Road and the surrounding Vanier communities should aim to be as inclusive and barrier free as possible, allowing space for diverse and marginalized voices and perspectives in the consultation process. The approach for engaging and consulting with communities should be an artistic and creative process in itself. The Public Art Plan should be strongly rooted in place and reflect the local values, stories, aspirations and character of the neighbourhood. In addition, the Public Art Plan should be innovative and forward thinking and present exciting and inventive approaches to public art. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation and in keeping with the City of Ottawa’s Reconciliation Action Plan the proponent should include Indigenous representation and culture in the Art Plan.

Project Objectives
The Public Art Program recognizes that public art is a constantly evolving form of visual expression and may vary in scale, size, scope and approach. Public art may take the form of neighbourhood interventions or larger iconic landmarks; standalone or integrated artwork; temporary or permanent; digital, socially engaged, performative, multi-media or other visual art forms.

The proponent may identify multiple public art opportunities, in a variety of approaches and sites however, the Plan must address the following as a minimum:

  1. Permanent public art for Montreal Road integrated into the Road Revitalization Project, (themes, sites and approaches to be determined).
  2. At least one public art opportunity dedicated to honouring and recognizing indigenous heritage and culture. If required an Indigenous Cultural Liaison may be retained to assist with community engagement and development of this opportunity.

Scope of Work

  • Research history, context and geography of Montreal Road and surrounding Vanier community;
  • Conduct site visits to survey assets and familiarize self with community and streetscape;
  • Review Montreal Road Revitalization landscaping and geometrical design plans to identity potential sites for public art on Montreal Road;
  • Develop methodology for community and stakeholder engagement;
  • Attend and or facilitate public meetings and or consultations;
  • Collaborate with Montreal Road Revitalization Project Team and City of Ottawa staff;
  • Consult and engage with diverse community stakeholders including organizations, residents, individuals and businesses to gather information and to solicit feedback on various components of the Public Art Plan;
  • Educate and inspire the public on creative and innovative best practices in public art;
  • Develop a comprehensive Public Art Plan for Vanier and Montreal Road that identify context, themes, sites, approaches and budgets ;
  • Coordinate with graphic and or web design professionals to develop the final Public Art Plan documentation;
  • Document process (photo and or video) and share on social media and or blogs.

Schedule * Schedule is subject to change
Deadline for Applications - Tuesday August 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Finalist Interviews - Thursday September 13 (in person or remotely)
Proponent contracted - September 2018
Public Art Plan development: October 2018-February 2019
Public Art Plan Finalized: February 2019

Budget
The fee for this opportunity is $20,000 in Canadian dollars plus HST and is inclusive of all costs associated with the research and development of the plan including attending meetings, consultation, travel, research, fees, etc.

Selection Process
The successful proponent will be selected for this opportunity through an open call process coupled with finalists’ interviews. An assessment committee comprised of City staff and professional external or internal consultants will review and evaluate the proposals according to the selection criteria and select up to five applicants for interviews.

Finalists will be invited to discuss past approaches and working methodology as well as answer questions relating to working on this type of planning project. Only one proponent will be selected for this opportunity.

The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project.

Selection Criteria
Curators, planning artists or public art consultants who meet the following criteria may be considered for an interview:

  • An established practice in public art curation, creation and or consultation;
  • Demonstrated previous experience developing public art plans, and or implementation strategies;
  • Strong verbal, and written communication skills in both official languages (English and French);
  • Availability to spend significant time in the community for research and consultations;
  • A demonstrated understanding of the project and its context;
  • Appropriateness of proposed approach to the context;
  • Creative and innovation consultation methodology.

Confidentiality of information
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. To protect confidentiality, committee members turn in their copies of proposal materials for shredding at the end of the assessment meeting.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. 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’s Public Art Program.

Inquiries
Melissa Black, Public Art Officer
melissa.black@ottawa.ca
613-244-4261

Request for Qualifications: Elgin Street Renewal – Artist in Residence

Call to Artists: Elgin Street Renewal
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) – Artist in Residence

Updated April 27, 2018

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Introduction
Established in 1985, as one of the first in Canada, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art. A renewed Public Art Policy incorporates the strengths of past decades in Ottawa and reaffirms the objectives of commissioning professional artists to create original works of art for integration into public places. One percent of funds from municipal development are mandated for public art in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

Eligibility
This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to professional artists and artist teams with experience in community-engaged art and in creating permanent public art. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities 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 are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Artist in Residence
The Elgin Street Artist in Residence opportunity seeks innovative and compelling projects from artist(s) who are interested in creative collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue as an artistic practice. The residency provides an opportunity for an artist) to develop innovative strategies for public art involving diverse members of the local community or businesses in joint creative practices, broadening the community’s experience and connection to the arts.

The selected artist(s) will establish a series of opportunities for community interaction and collaboration with the Elgin Street community to take place during a 5 month residency period from August to December 2018. A creative, inclusive, community-engaged residency will bring together various sectors of the Elgin Street community into a collaborative dialogue on public art through exploring the challenges and opportunities of the site(s). The residency will result in the creation of permanent public art installed along Elgin Street. Temporary public art installations in addition to permanent public art are also encouraged.

Office space at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue can be made available to the Artist in Residence as a workspace if desired.

The selected Artist in Residence will be expected to:

  • Produce a detailed Artist in Residence Plan that outlines the artist’s community engagement strategy and residency activities to be undertaken
  • Implement the Artist in Residence Plan plan by establishing a presence in the neighbourhood and online (social media, blogs, etc.) to interact, engage and collaborate with various and diverse sectors of the Elgin Street community (see “Community Resources” below for a comprehensive list of community organizations)
  • Produce reports for the Public Art Program on the progress and outcomes of the Artist in Residence Plan, as outlined in the successful artist’s agreement
  • Document all outcomes of the residency project (photos, written reports, etc.)
  • Produce a detailed Public Art proposal for a permanent and possibly temporary public art that was informed as a result of community engagement during the residency

Project background
On May 10, 2017, City Council approved the Functional Design for Elgin Street (Gloucester Street to Queen Elizabeth Driveway) and Waverley Street (Elgin Street to Jack Purcell Lane). The watermains and deep sewers under these streets are among the oldest in the city, dating back to the late 1800s. The need to replace this aging infrastructure created a unique opportunity to assess the road surfaces and redesign them to meet the City of Ottawa’s Traditional Mainstreet designation in the Official Plan, Complete Streets policy and Accessibility Design Standards.

The renewal of Elgin Street aims to create an appropriate balance and mix of uses that will adequately serve the local community, regional market and tourists alike. It will reinforce the role of Elgin Street as a main street serving the local neighbourhoods as well as the wider downtown area and Ottawa region.

The redesign for Elgin Street Renewal will include:

  • Wider sidewalks, shared use lanes (for cycling and vehicles), and transit facilities (bus stops, bus pads and shelters)
  • Traffic control signal system and traffic calming measures including raised intersections, narrowing lanes and reduced speed limit (30 km/h)
  • Flexible space to accommodate on-street parking, patios or other seasonal uses
  • Streetscape enhancements and street amenities including landscaping (such as tree planting, and hardscape features), public art and street furniture (including benches, waste receptacles, and bicycle racks)
  • Watermains, sanitary, storm and combined sewers
  • Utility reconstruction (Hydro Ottawa, Bell, Rogers, Enbridge)
  • Street lighting and signage
  • Road structure and pavement

Neighbourhood Profile
Elgin Street is a significant pedestrian promenade linking the neighbourhood of Centretown to the downtown core, the Canal, and Parliament Hill. It is a showcase civic street for Ottawa and consist of various land use contexts (downtown sector, traditional main street, residential and connectivity sector). Elgin Street runs north/south beginning at Wellington Street in Confederation Square, just east of the Parliament buildings and ends just west of the Pretoria bridge over the Rideau Canal. The boundaries of the road renewal project are from Gloucester Street to Queen Elizabeth Driveway where the street transitions from a Ceremonial Route to a Main Street with a thriving business area that boasts a number of businesses, restaurants, and bars. Progressing south, the street steadily becomes more residential, home to low rise apartment buildings. Elgin ends at the Queensway, where it turns into Isabella Street until the Queen Elizabeth Driveway. In addition, an eight-block section of Elgin Street from Lisgar Street to Gladstone Avenue has been identified by the Elgin Area Business Association as the “Red Mile” also known as “Sens Mile” – a street for Ottawa Senators fans to celebrate during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Schedule
The Elgin Street Renewal project is currently involved in the project’s detailed design and construction is expected to start in early 2019, with its completion anticipated for summer 2020. The five-month Artist in Residence is scheduled to take place between August and December 2018 followed by a period of design, engineering and fabrication of the public art. Installation of the public art will be in coordination with the construction schedule and must be installed by the summer of 2020 to coincide with the end of the Elgin Street Renewal construction.

Public Art Vision
Public art for the Elgin Street Renewal project will integrate visually significant elements that provide identity and distinctive character to the street. The artwork, as a legacy of the Artist in Residence, will enhance the roadway design and surrounding areas by creating an environment that is aesthetically interesting and engaging for the community, pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The artwork should be conceptually and visually innovative, and reflect a thorough and sensitive understanding of place, context and setting.

Design requirements for public art installation
Completed works of art shall:

  • Demonstrate contemporary artistic excellence
  • Be a legacy of the community engagement from the Artist in Residence
  • Show sensitivity to the surrounding area and address site characteristics
  • Integrate with the style and function of the roadway design
  • Be engaging and safe for the public
  • Be made of highly permanent materials that are suitable to the environment and require minimal maintenance
  • Comply with all building and electrical codes and bylaws

Public Art Sites
Potential Public Art Sites have been identified on the Elgin Street Design Plan. The Artist may select ideal locations for their proposed artwork anywhere within the roadway construction boundaries and adjacent public parks. Artwork installed along the sidewalk must not obstruct pedestrian traffic and must maintain a clearance in the right of way of 2 meters minimum. Exact installation sites for public art must be coordinated and approved with the Project Team to ensure that clearances are met so that the art does not conflict with other features such as benches, waste receptacles bike racks or operations such as snow plowing. Electricity for the artwork may be available for the artwork pending coordination with the Project Team. The public art for Elgin should be considerate of existing permanent public art in the vicinity and select sites accordingly.

The following locations have been identified as potential public art locations:

  • Nepean Street (North East corner)
  • Lisgar Street
  • Somerset Street
  • Maclaren Street (South West corner)
  • Gilmour Street
  • Minto Park
  • Lewis Street
  • Waverly Street (West side)
  • Frank Street (North East corner)
  • McLeod Street (South East corner)
  • Park Avenue (North East corner)

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Commission budget
The total budget for this commission is $150,000 plus HST, and comprises of:

$15,000 Artist in Residence (August to December 2018)
$135,000 Public art installation

This budget includes all costs required to design, engineer, fabricate, store, transport and install the public art. The cost for anchoring / foundations and electrical will be covered by the Elgin Street Renewal project within reason and subject to negotiation.

Selection Procedure
This commission will be awarded following a three-stage arm’s length process as follows:

Request for Qualifications: Stage I – Qualifications will be evaluated by a Peer Assessment committee consisting of artists with public art experience, community and business representatives and a representative from the Elgin Street Renewal project. This committee will review and evaluate submissions in accordance with the selection criteria and will shortlist a maximum of four artists to advance to Stage II.

Residency Proposals: Stage II – Shortlisted artists will meet with the Project Team for an information session, (in person or remotely) and will be given Terms of Reference for refining their residency proposals. Shortlisted artists (maximum four) will be paid an honorarium of $1,500 plus HST for developing an approach to the artist in residence opportunity, a community engagement plan, a work plan, a draft budget and schedule for the residency component.

At a date following the submission of Stage II proposal, shortlisted artists will meet individually with the Peer Assessment committee for a 30-minute interview to present their Artist in Residency proposals and answer questions. The committee will evaluate shortlisted artists and will select one artist to proceed to contract for the Elgin Street Public Art, Artist in Residence. In addition, shortlisted artists will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses in Ottawa for the interview, up to a maximum of $1,200 per artist or artist team with proof of expenses.

Public Art Proposal: Stage III - Following the Artist in Residency period, the selected artist(s) will prepare a detailed public art proposal for review, evaluation and approval by a technical committee and the Peer Assessment Committee. A dialogue period between the artist and project team will result in finalising the public art proposal ready for fabrication and installation.

Selection Criteria – Stage I
All submissions will be evaluated based on the artist’s experience and qualifications (resumé), previous artwork (digital images) and creativity of approach (expression of interest).

Please note:The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project. The decision of the Peer Assessment Committee is final.

Community Resources
Councillor Catherine McKenney
Elgin Area Business Association
Centretown Citizens Community Association
Jack Purcell Recreation Association
Jack Purcell Community Centre
Elgin Street Public School
Bike Ottawa

References
Elgin Street Renewal
Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Functional Design Study
Ottawa Past and Present - Elgin Street

Copyright and moral rights
Copyright, including any and all designs, drawings and final works of art, shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.

Confidentiality of information
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. To protect confidentiality, committee members turn in their copies of proposal materials for shredding at the end of the assessment meeting.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. 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’s Public Art Program.

Inquiries
Melissa Black, Public Art Officer
Melissa.black@ottawa.ca
613-244-4261

Expression of Interest: Rideau Canal Crossing

Call to artists: Expression of Interest
Rideau Canal Crossing Public Art Project

Updated April 27, 2018

rideau canal crossing rendering

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The City of Ottawa invites visual artists, no matter their medium, to submit an Expression of Interest to participate in a mentorship opportunity to design, fabricate and install an artist-designed public bench. Two artists will be selected to design benches that will be installed on the western side of the Rideau Canal, between the Rideau Canal and the re-landscaped wetland area. One bench will be commissioned specifically to an Algonquin artist or artist team. Theses benches should help create a unique sense of place. This is a two-stage open competition held in accordance with the City of Ottawa Public Art Policy.

Introduction
Established in 1985, as one of the first in Canada, the City of Ottawa Public Art Program is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Ottawa by collecting, commissioning and exhibiting works of art. A renewed Public Art Policy incorporates the strengths of Ottawa over the past decades and reaffirms the objectives of commissioning professional artists to create original works of art for integration into public places. One percent of funds from municipal development is allocated for public art projects in order to enhance public spaces and make art accessible to everyone.

Eligibility
The Call to Artists will seek artists for two public art commissions. One bench must be designed by an Algonquin artist or team of artists. The other bench can be designed by any other artist or team of artists. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

Artists must be able to work effectively within the project timeline and collaborate with the engineers, general contractors, multiple governmental agencies, community groups, City staff and fabricators whenever it is required in a supportive manner.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse communities, including people from diverse ancestries, varied levels of ability, different age groups, countries of origin and cultures, genders, income levels, languages, are of a different race or sexual orientation. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists and representatives 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.

Project Background
The Canal, constructed between 1827 and 1832, is an important cultural heritage asset and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as a National Historic Site of Canada, and a Canadian Heritage River. Construction of the Canal was a catalyst for development around which the Capital grew, and it is still a defining element of Canada’s Capital today. In the 1950s and the 1960s, the National Capital Commission (NCC) constructed wooden footbridge, in the winter, annually, between Second Avenue and Herridge Street.

The objective of the new Rideau Canal crossing is to support sustainable and active transportation solutions by enhancing east-west connectivity and linking the crossing to the broader pedestrian and cycling networks. The new bridge will improve access for all users of the City’s extensive network of pedestrian multi-use pathways and connect communities such as the Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Lansdowne Park and Old Ottawa East.

A significant component of the Rideau Canal Crossing project is the beautification, restoration and expansion of the wetlands area on the western side of the Canal, which includes the restauration of the Lilly Pond.

The City of Ottawa is working closely with the Algonquins of Ontario on this initiative along with key project stakeholders including the National Capital Commission, Parks Canada and Transport Canada.

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Public art vision
The construction of the bridge will include landscaping and the addition of benches along the pathway for resting, meeting friends and watching passersby. This presents an opportunity for unique artist-designed furnishings. Two benches on the western side of the Rideau Canal, between the Rideau Canal and the re-landscaped wetland area will be artist-designed benches. These benches will help create a unique sense of place and presents an alternative to standardized benches. Although designated as public artworks, the artist-designed furnishings will need to fulfill the traditional functions of a bench or seating element, as well as meet safety requirements set out by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The selected artists will work under the mentorship of a third-party manufacturing company contracted by the City of Ottawa to produce the artwork. The fabricator will translate the artist’s design to production and installation.

The artists are asked to consider the landscape, local community and the essence of the neighbourhood’s past, present and/or future in their design.

Design requirements for public art
Completed works of art shall:

  • Demonstrate contemporary artistic excellence (conceptual, aesthetic and technical)
  • Be conceptually timeless and enduring
  • Be engaging to pedestrians and cyclists using the bridge, and adjacent pathways
  • Be safe for the public
  • Not impede movement along the pathway near the north side of the Lily Pond
  • Address the site characteristics, architecture, landscaping and plantings
  • Will not disrupt or negatively impact the natural habitat and wildlife of the Rideau Canal or the wetland/pond areas
  • Be made of highly permanent materials that are suitable to the environment and require minimal maintenance
  • Comply with building and electrical codes, bylaws, accessibility standards, etc.

Public art site
The restored and expanded Lily Pond will be the focal point of the re-landscaped wetlands area on the western side of the Rideau Canal. The artist-designed benches will be installed in the wetlands area, facing the Lily Pond, and among native flora.

The City of Ottawa acknowledges that Ottawa is located on land that is part of the unceded Traditional Territory of the Algonquin people. The City of Ottawa honours the Algonquin people and elders, whose ancestors have occupied this territory since time immemorial, and whose culture has nurtured and continues to nurture this land and its people.

Commission budget
The selected artists will work under the mentorship of a third-party fabricator contracted by the City of Ottawa. Up to six shortlisted artists will each receive a $1, 000 plus HST design fee to refine their proposed design for Stage 2. The two final selected artists will each receive a $3,000 plus HST production fee to work with the manufacturing company who will create and install the benches within a maximum fabrication budget of $15, 000. Funding for this art commission is provided through the designation of 1% of the overall construction budget towards public art.

Commission schedule

  • Submission deadline: February 26, 2018 at 4 pm EST
  • Stage 2 notifications: March 16, 2018
  • Meeting: March 23, 2018
  • Open House: July 10, 2018
  • Stage 2 interview: July 19, 2018
  • Final selection: August 10, 2018
  • Installation: Summer 2019

Selection Procedure
This commission will be awarded following a two-stage arms length process as follows:

  1. Expressions of Interest (Stage I) – Expressions of interest will be evaluated by a peer assessment committee consisting of artists with public art experience, a community representative, a representative from Canadian Heritage and a representative from the project design team and representatives from the Algonquin community. This committee will shortlist a maximum of six artists to move on to Stage 2.
  2. Request for Proposals (Stage II) – Each shortlisted artists will be given a design fee of $1, 000 + HST and detailed Terms of Reference for preparing proposed designs for Stage 2 of the competition. A technical review of proposals will be requested prior to the final submission date. Proposals will be reviewed by the project team and contracted fabricator, which will provide feedback on the technical and logistical feasibility of the proposed artwork. Draft proposals will not be shared with the voting members of the Peer Assessment Committee. Comments will be shared with shortlisted artists in order to incorporate into final proposals. Shortlisted artists will be required to attend an open house, where they will present their designs to the public and answer questions. In addition, shortlisted proposals will be posted online for public comments. All comments received during this consultation process will be submitted to the peer assessment committee for consideration. At a date following the public consultation process, artists will meet individually with the peer assessment committee for a 30-minute interview to present their proposals and answer questions.

Selection Criteria- Stage I
All submissions will be evaluated based on the artist’s ability to address the public art vision (expression of interest) in relation to this Call to Artists, as well as on previous artwork (10 digital images).

Please note: The City of Ottawa reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project. The decision of the peer assessment committee is final. In addition, the National Capital Commission/Canadian Heritage must review and approve the final proposal.

Copyright and moral rights
Copyright, including any and all designs, drawings and final works of art, shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.

Confidentiality of information
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. Committee members turn in their copies of materials for shredding and delete their computer files at the end of the assessment meeting.

Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa employees and members of the peer assessment committee. 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’s Public Art Program.