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Call To Artists - WATERMARKS - Temporary Public Art Festival, Calgary, Canada

Deadline: June 8, 2009, 4:00 pm

WATERMARKS - A Celebration of the Bow River    

The City of Calgary Public Art Program invites artists to submit an Expression of Interest for the inaugural Watermarks – A Celebration of the Bow River, taking place June through September 2010.

With historic Memorial Drive as the venue, Watermarks will celebrate the cultural, historic, social and environmental legacy of the Bow River. Artists will engage viewers through the creation of temporary public art interventions that draw people to the river, create remarkable experiences and present new perspectives on current environmental issues and ideas.

The inspiration for this celebration comes from the award winning Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Department Public Art Plan - launched in January 2007. The Plan is founded on the principle that public art, in collaboration with other disciplines, can create remarkable places that encourage sustainability and stewardship of the environment.

Information & Deadline

Deadline for submissions is Monday, June 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm MDT.

For more information and to submit, please access and download
Expression of Interest # 09-011  Watermarks - A Celebration of the Bow River from the Alberta Purchasing Connection www.purchasingconnection.ca.

For assistance in regards to accessing the EOI document, contact the Alberta Purchasing Connection Help Desk at (780) 644-5726 or via email to [email protected].

For submission-related inquiries contact Daniela Kirst, Senior Buyer, City of Calgary at 403-268-5534 or [email protected].

For project-related information and inquiries, please contact Heather Saunders, Public Art Project Coordinator at (403) 268-5270 or [email protected].


Project budgets are available for a range of project types/scopes and will vary from approximately $5000.00 to $50,000.00 dependent on concepts, site considerations and timelines. Larger budget requirements may be considered.

Project budgets are all inclusive – including, but not limited to, research, travel, design, transportation, fabrication, site preparation, permitting, installation and dismantlement.

Final budgets will be determined by the Watermarks team upon discussion with selected artists and approval of conceptual designs.

Artist Selection

Watermarks is open to local, regional, national and international artists. Up to six artists will be selected by a panel of arts professionals, community and City representatives.

The selection panel may request finalists to participate in an interview before contracts are awarded.