Request for Proposals: Public Art Installation: Sylvan Lake, AB

Sylvan Lake logoThe purpose of the Public Art Task Force is to plan, acquire and install multiple public art pieces that will commemorate Sylvan Lake’s history and create a lasting legacy for the community. The funding for this project is from residual funds from the Centennial Celebrations where the art focus had been, ‘remembering our roots and history.’ The chosen art pieces must express the “essence” of historic Sylvan Lake. The historic theme may be expressed in a traditional or more contemporary manner.

Closing Date: 12:00 pm (noon), local time, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Download the full RFP here


Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor November 2015

Hill Strategies

Arts Research Monitor  Recherches sur les arts

Vol. 14 No 7 November 2015 © Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2015 ISSN 1708-170X

Situation of artists

In this issue: Four reports examining different aspects of the working lives of artists, including a Canadian study on the education of artists, a series of reports from the United Kingdom on the situation of visual artists, a report on Quebec song, and a series of American reports on the earnings of musicians and composers.

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The Arts Research Monitor is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

New “Has The Artist Been Paid?” T-shirts available

Has the artist been paid tshirtWe are happy to announce that this year’s “Has The Artist Been Paid?” T-shirts have arrived and are availalbe for sale. Make your beliefs known with pride on a premium cherry red v-neck t-shirt with slogan in orange. A bold design for a bold statement.

Sizes s-m-l-xl $25 and 2xl $30

To order, email, phone 780.421.1731 (toll-free 1.866.421.1731 – we will ship anywhere in Canada) or drop by the Visual Arts Alberta Gallery during our office hours, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 12-4pm.

Model: Chris W. Carson, Executive Director of Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC

EAR Funding: Calgary, AB

EARElephant Artist Relief Society (EAR) is a registered charity that provides practical resources to Calgary visual artists in order to help sustain their wellbeing and livelihood, contributing to a vibrant cultural community.

EAR offers two funding streams to help those in need, both with a maximum of $2500.
EAR Emergency Relief Funds are our standard funding program, available to Calgary-based visual artists.

Rebound Fund is a new, limited-time fund for artists working outside of the visual arts discipline (eg. music, theatre, film, etc).

More information and guidelines are available here; please familiarize yourself with these before making an application.

Mandate letter for Minister of Canadian Heritage

Dear Ms. Joly:I am honoured that you have agreed to serve Canadians as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

We have promised Canadians a government that will bring real change – in both what we do and how we do it. Canadians sent a clear message in this election, and our platform offered a new, ambitious plan for a strong and growing middle class. Canadians expect us to fulfill our commitments, and it is my expectation that you will do your part in delivering on those promises to Canadians.

We made a commitment to invest in growing our economy, strengthening the middle class, and helping those working hard to join it. We committed to provide more direct help to those who need it by giving less to those who do not. We committed to public investment as the best way to spur economic growth, job creation, and broad-based prosperity. We committed to a responsible, transparent fiscal plan for challenging economic times.


Open for Application – Visual + Digital Arts Residencies at The Banff Centre: Banff, AB

Sunbathers 2000

Image: Sunbathers 2001 © Ackroyd & Harvey–digital-arts

Banff Research in Culture: On Energy, BAiR Text, Critical Art Writing and Kiln Raising.

Banff Research in Culture: On Energy
Apply by: December 16
Program Dates: May 30 – June 24, 2016

This residency takes on the challenge of energy, its pasts, present, and futures. Artists and researchers will help redefine the impact of energy on society, and imagine new ways of representing and thinking about energy for the coming transition.


Deep Freeze Festival Calls for Submissions: Edmonton, AB

Deep Freeze logoDeep Freeze Festival 2016  Fairy Doors and Lamp Post Cozy Challenges

Deadline to apply – Dec. 15, 2015
For more info email

Fairy Doors Challenge

Help us invite the fairies to the Avenue! Add to this year’s theme “Fairies and Elves and Ogres… Oh My!” through participation in Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival’s Fairy Doors Challenge on January 9th.

Have fun while gaining exposure, as over 25,000 festival goers appreciate your work!


Three exciting new Calls for Artists – luminescent pathway, manhole covers and street art: Calgary, AB

Calgary Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Public Art Plan logoWest Eau Claire Public Art Pathway Design

The City of Calgary is seeking a professional artist(s) to develop a design that will be integrated into the pathway system within the Delta Garden in West Eau Claire Park. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a much-loved downtown park space directly adjacent to the Santiago Calatrave Peace Bridge and the Bow River. The successful artist(s) will work with The City’s project team and consultants to develop a design that reflects the goals of West Eau Claire Park and creates a vibrant experience along the pathway system. The artist’s design will be realized using luminescent material embedded into asphalt. The artist will lead materials research and surface design, and oversee installation/implementation of the public artwork.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at 4 p.m. MST.
For more information and to download the Call to Artists, visit our opportunities for artists page.

Survey for Artists Having Recently Worked in Wood Buffalo/Fort McMurray

Arts Council of Wood Buffalo

Have you presented your art in Wood Buffalo / Fort McMurray in the last 3 years? We are seeking artists from all disciplines who have been involved in the arts community in Wood Buffalo to take part in a survey.

Hill Strategies Research, on behalf of Arts Council Wood Buffalo, is conducting the first ever arts survey of the area. If you’ve shown your art, created art, performed, taught, photographed, or played music on a short term basis in Wood Buffalo, we would like to hear from you. Your valuable insights will be combined with responses from local artists to assist Arts Council Wood Buffalo in growing a vibrant and thriving arts community in the region. The survey closes on December 4, 2015.

Please visit! You could win a Choose your own vacation prize pack, which includes $500 of Air Canada travel and $500 of accommodations at a Fairmont Hotel. More information can be found here.