Indigenous Placemaking Call for Artists

The Calgary Public Library seeks to commission qualified Indigenous artists or Indigenous collaborative teams, to create permanent installations in the public library. All Indigenous artists with a connection to Calgary, including the TsuuT’ina Nation, the Blackfoot Nations, Stoney Nations, Métis Nation Region 3, and other urban Indigenous people are encouraged to apply.

Artists may apply individually or as part of a team, however only one application per artist/team will be accepted. The parameters of this project ensure that the public art featured in the Calgary Public Library should remain diverse with regards to artistic mediums, disciplines and methods, and that a varied group of artists are engaged. Artists should be knowledgeable about Indigenous traditional and contemporary practices and protocols.

Information Sessions

Presentations, two hours each, will be held in the community for those interested in applying to the Call for Artists. These sessions will provide a review of the first Indigenous Placemaking initiative in 2018, information about the locations and spaces for the 2019 Placemaking Initiative, definitions and themes of Traditional and Contemporary works, review of the submission guidelines, and a question period.

  • April 25, 2019: Tsuut’ina Community (11 am – 1 pm)
  • April 25, 2019: Stoney/Nakoda Community (5 pm – 7 pm)
  • April 29, 2019: Central Library (5 pm – 7 pm)

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Benefits for Artist/Artist Teams

Identified below are responsibilities of the Indigenous Services Design Lead and Program Coordinator to uphold for the Artist/Artist Team:

  • Guidance and support of artwork creation from the Elders’ Guidance Circle and the Program Coordinator;
  • Promotion through the Library’s advertising streams (website, publications, programming),
  • A permanent installation in a recognized community public space.


A Selection Committee comprising of members from the TsuuT’ina Nation, the Blackfoot Nations, Stoney Nation, Métis Nation Region 3, and urban Indigenous communities — a total of eight (8) committee members — who reside in the greater Calgary region as well as Library staff members and one (1) Program Coordinator will guide this process.

Artist/Artist Teams will have the following timeline to work from once the Art Commissions are awarded to the approved Artists by the Selection Committee on May 16, 2019.

Art Production May 20 – November 20, 2019
Art Installation November 22 – December 6, 2019
Opening (Forest Lawn) December 11, 2019
Opening/Artist Talks (Central) December 12, 2019
Opening (Signal Hill) December 13, 2019

Artists will also receive a preliminary tour of the Central, Forest Lawn and Signal Hill libraries during the Art Production phase to offer a clear understanding of the environment which will aid artwork creation.

Details on Space and Budget

The installation deadline for all projects is December 6, 2019. These pieces should be inclusive of the communities within Treaty 7 Territory. Be aware that one space each at Central and at Forest Lawn are in the Teen areas, so should reflect an atmosphere of learning through play, sensory interaction, and experimentation.

  • Level 2, Central Library: Area E Fiction Collection Informal Reading (Sculptural, Furnishings, display case or a wall mural)
  • Level 3, Central Library: Area F Teens Centre (Free-Standing/interactive installation)
  • Forest Lawn Library: (Freestanding/sculpture/mural/display case)
  • Signal Hill Library: (Freestanding/sculpture/mural/display case)

Detailed specs, images, and floorplans of each space are available on the Indigenous Placemaking Proposed Spaces page.

Note that as there are options for more than one exhibition space within each location, there is opportunity to split the funding between multiple artists (artist teams). For example, the Teen Centre (Central) has two different spaces for individual artworks so could potentially have two artists split the $32,000 budget into two $16,000 projects. Keep this in mind when formulating your ideas and project budget. Please refer to the Indigenous Placemaking Proposed Spaces page for location overview and potential for multiple exhibition spaces in each location.

Proposed budget for Central, Signal Hill and Forest Lawn libraries

Location Target Budget Completion Date
Level 2, Central: Area E Fiction Collection Up to $32,000 November 20, 2019
Level 3, Central: Area F Teens Centre Up to $32,000 November 20, 2019
Forest Lawn Library Up to $32,000 November 20, 2019
Signal Hill Library Up to $32,000 November 20, 2019

Note: Deadlines for completion may be negotiated at the discretion of the Calgary Public Library in consultation with the Program Coordinator and Artist/Artist Team.

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