Open call: Metrolinx public art opportunities

Union Station train shed. Courtesy of Metrolinx.

Open call: public art opportunities

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Toronto Ontario M5J1E6
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Metrolinx invites professional artists to submit their credentials for consideration to the first stage of competition for several upcoming integrated public art opportunities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Canada.

The first opportunity is the Union Station Enhancement Project in Toronto. Union Station is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, and is the busiest transit hub in the country, serving approximately 300,000 passengers a day, with projections for dramatic growth. Metrolinx is undertaking a major project to rehabilitate the historic train shed, which is the location for a new 5-acre artwork. The total budget for this permanent art installation is 5 million CAD all-inclusive.

Additional art opportunities include transit station new builds and Rapid Transit corridors in municipalities across the GTHA. Art budgets range from 250K–1M CAD each.

Selection process
Stage 1: Request for artist qualifications

Professional artists are invited to submit their credentials.

Stage 2: Request for artwork concept proposals

Artists who have been shortlisted will be invited to submit a detailed concept design proposal.

Skills and experience requirements
Artists who have a strong professional profile, peer recognition, a history of public exhibitions, and who are experienced in creating large, permanent, urban scale works for exterior and interior locations or who have successfully worked on collaborative projects are encouraged to apply.

RFQ submission
–A current CV
–Images* of five (5) recent projects (up to a maximum of 5 images per project) including written description of the materials, size, title, location, commissioning body and project cost
–Names and contact information for two references

*Media files (audio/video) may be provided via URL with still image included in the package.

In the subject line, clearly mark: “Metrolinx Integrated Art EOI” and the name of the artist/artist team.

No telephone inquiries are permitted. If the file size exceeds 25MB, please email via a file transfer service c/o Laura Berazadi at:

Incomplete submissions are subject to disqualification. All submission materials will be retained by Metrolinx. Only applicants advancing to the second stage of the selection process will be contacted.

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Open call: Metrolinx public art opportunities

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