Big Art

Ever dreamed of seeing your art installed on RiverWalk for all to see? Now’s your chance.

CMLC, the master developer of East Village, is inviting local artists to submit proposals for EV’s temporary art exhibitions on RiverWalk. It’s an opportunity to contribute to the character and identity of East Village, and to enjoy sharing your work with Calgarians for 24 months.

The RFP opportunity comes as part of the East Village Art in the Public Realm program, which aims to surprise, delight and provoke connection and memorable interaction with people on RiverWalk, create engaging spaces, and add to Calgary’s cultural wealth. Certainly, the current exhibition, Derek Besant’s I am the River, does all that. The Calgarian’s large-scale photos of people floating has sparked much debate and enlivened visits to RiverWalk.
 
The next works chosen will be installed on the same sites: the two public washrooms, a maintenance building site, and three bridge/flyover abutments near the Simmons Building. The six sites translate into 15 surfaces, and CMLC will also consider the areas between and around the sites as long as you don’t impede traffic. Works can’t contain ads or promos for a particular “business, product or viewpoint.” And importantly, consideration is given to the connection between the theme and spirit of the artwork and the spirit of East Village. You have to live in Calgary or the local area to be eligible.
 
The proposals will be reviewed by a five-member selection committee made up of CMLC and community representatives.
 
The budget for the project is $75,000, which includes your fees and all materials needed for the creation and installation of your work.
 
You’ve got until July 27, 2012 to submit. Download the pdf here. Good luck!