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Temporary exhibits – Outdoor Artwork – “(ex)CHANGE”

The Art in the Capital Program, managed by Canadian Heritage, aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

Canadian Heritage is seeking a dynamic, impactful image that conveys the theme “(ex)CHANGE.” This broad theme invites artists to consider the constant state of flux that we all live in—on both a micro and macro level, personally and collectively, as change shapes us and as we shape change—and how we can learn and grow when we share these experiences.

Three artwork proposals will be chosen by a selection committee to be reproduced on graphic film and then installed on stairs at three prominent locations in downtown Ottawa for a one-year period starting in spring 2022.

The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

This Call for Proposals is open to all Canadian visual artists, photographers, graphic designers and illustrators between the ages of 18 and 35. All types of visual arts will be considered – figurative, abstract, collage, trompe l’oeil, optical illusion, pattern, etc.

Each winning artist will receive $4,000 for the exhibition of their artwork.

If you would like to receive the competition documents to prepare your submission, please email with the subject line “Stairs 2022”.

York Street steps, Birds of a Feather by Andrea Manica and Caitlin Taguibao
Plaza Bridge steps, Unity by Yasaman Mehrsa
York Street steps, Jump! By Naomi Ratte
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