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Calls to Artists

The City of St. Catharines engages artists in temporary exhibits and commissions of public art, and hires musicians for a variety of special events. Calls to Artists and Requests for Expressions of Interest are released on an ad hoc basis. These opportunities and their guidelines will be listed here when available.

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Current Opportunities

Carlisle Street Public Art Project

The City is looking to commission an original, site-specific, permanent work of public art on Carlisle St. alongside the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines. This competition is open to professional, Canadian and/or Indigenous artists. Proposals will be accepted from individual artists and artist-led creative teams who are at any stage in their career.

An artwork proposal is not requested at this time.

Through this Expression of Interest, the City will identify up to six artists and/or creative teams who will then receive a Request for Proposal and a stipend (between $1,000.00 and $2,000.00) to produce a detailed design concept. An artist or creative team will then be selected to work with a budget of $85,000.00 to design, fabricate and install the artwork.

Specifications are available for download free of charge at In order to be eligible to submit an Expression of Interest bidders must create an account in order to download, receive and/or print bid documents.


2018 Juried Exhibit: Motion 

September 17, 2018 - March 15, 2019

Artists are invited to submit artwork for a new juried exhibit at City Hall. "Motion" asks the artists to look at the movement of travel in our city. This exhibit will explore transportation in the everyday life of our community.  

 Movement through our city can be autonomous and self-directed, taking place on streets and trails, with feet or bicycles, often using designated routes to safely and affordably transition from point A to B. It can be non-autonomous, using pre-designed and designated transportation vehicles such as buses, trains, etc., often creating a unique engagement. Motion introduces a variety of connections to a variety of things, beings and place.

What does everyday motion look like? Is it iced over car windows on a winter morning or possibly the unpredictable mix of new and familiar faces on an urban sidewalk?

Submission Deadline: Monday June 25, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

For the Entry Form click here

Ongoing Opportunities

Call for Musicians 
City of St. Catharines Performance Opportunities

Each year the City of St. Catharines presents a variety of live music programming at Market Square, Montebello Park and other park settings to provide community members with free outdoor music experiences. These concerts bring alive our parks and green spaces, enhance our farmers market and add vitality to the urban areas of downtown. 
Review the complete Call for Musicians.

The City of St. Catharines will now be accepting applications throughout the year. Submissions from original and cover recording artists are welcome.  

Applications will be kept on file and artists are welcome to update their information at any time. Past applicants do not need to re-apply - your submissions are being kept on file.  

Please contact us with any questions or if you wish to update your current song files, application or contact information.


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