Public Art Opportunity: Southeast Community Centre, Town of Oakville
Request for Expressions of Interest Deadline: Friday March 1, 2019 at 4 p.m. EST Budget: $90, 000 CAD (maximum) The...

Request for Expressions of Interest
Deadline: Friday March 1, 2019 at 4 p.m. EST
Budget: $90, 000 CAD (maximum)

The Town of Oakville invites artists to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to create a permanent indoor public artwork for the galleria of the Southeast Community Centre. The successful artist will have their work featured at the north entrance of the new facility.

Professional Canadian artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) by March 1, 2019.

An artwork proposal is not required at this time. This is a two-stage process.

During stage one of the competition, applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. Refer to submission details in the EOI document. In stage two shortlisted artists will be required to submit an artwork concept proposal and model. Short listed artists will be paid an artist fee of $1500 to develop their proposals. The selected artist will then enter a contract with the Town of Oakville for the artwork creation and installation phase of the project. The successful artist will have a maximum budget of $90,000 to create the artwork.

The public art concept will be selected by a specially-convened independent committee made up of visual arts professionals, community representatives and town staff. The project will be awarded in June 2019, installed during the summer of 2020 and unveiled when the Southeast Community Centre opens to the public in September 2020.

The Town of Oakville is redeveloping the former Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) lands that will see a new community centre, neighbourhood park, future residential area and seniors-oriented housing block to meet the needs of Oakville residents. The project is being rolled out in phases with the building of the Southeast Community Centre (SECC) and neighbourhood park as a first priority. The anticipated opening date of the SECC and park is Fall 2020.

The SECC will have a contemporary building design that respects the heritage character of the surrounding neighbourhood as well the designated high school. It will include a 25-metre lap pool, a warm water pool, a double gymnasium, a fitness centre with a running track, multipurpose meeting rooms and space for intergenerational programming.

Download the EOI document here

For more information contact: Tonia Di Risio, Program Supervisor – Culture, 905-845-6601 ext. 4614 or email:

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Image: Interior Galleria of Southeast Community Centre. Concept rendering provided by Diamond Schmidd Architects.