Call for artist proposals


EXTENDED: Kitchener Market Front Stairway Mural Project

Call for Proposals

Professional artists working or living in Waterloo Region are invited to submit a proposal for a one-stage competition to design a site-specific work a mural on the stairs leading from the King St. sidewalk up to the Kitchener Market’s front patio and main entrance located at 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON. As the Kitchener Market’s goal is to increase the visibility and beauty of the facility, all proposals should be designed to reflect and accentuate the Market’s role as a community gathering space that supports nourishment, growth, interaction, experimentation and healthy connections.


The Market’s preference is to cover the entire front stairway area, including both street- and sky-facing surfaces, but also welcomes alternative ideas about where a mural installation could begin, end or bleed into, as well as which exact surfaces should be used or left blank.


  • Width of the full way across the stairs pictured above is about 36’
  • Width of just the middle section (where current vinyl art is installed above) is about 15’
  • Depth of the landing area in the middle of the two sets of stairs is about 9’
  • Each stair is about 5 ¾” tall (the street-facing side) and about 12” deep (the sky-facing side)
  • There are six steps in the top section and seven in the bottom (give or take – it’s not totally symmetrical at the sidewalk edge because of the road is not flat)
  • Approximate height: 28 feet (including sky-facing side of stairs)


The total budget available to the artist(s)/team, including HST, is $3,151. Design fees, site visits, other consulting, storage, studio rental, legal, insurance and contingency fees must be covered by this commission amount. The City will be responsible for material and installation costs.

Site and Project Considerations

The successful mural will be graphic and vibrant, and become a place-marker that is distinctive, bright and welcoming. The proposed treatment will be painted directly on the stairs by the selected artist(s) using Hub Surface Systems Paints. Proposals must limit their palette to three or four colours chosen from the StreetBond product brochure.


Deadline for proposals                        April 15, 2019 (11 p.m.)
Selection of winning proposal           May 1, 2019
Artwork completed                              June 5, 2019
Installation                                            Starting June 8, 2019

Note: all dates are approximate with the exception of the deadline date

Selection Panel and Process

The proposal selection process will rely on recommendations from community stakeholders and involve consulting with a curatorial liaison and City of Kitchener staff.

 Members of the selection committee will include: visual arts professionals, a representative of the City’s Public Art Working Group, and stakeholder representatives from the King East Neighbourhood Association and Kitchener Market vendors. 

Submissions will be assessed for:

  • Responsiveness to the site, relevance, critical integrity, and representation of  the community;
  • Demonstrated excellence of past work;
  • Professional qualifications;
  • Ability to provide references, on request, from past project sponsors and/or design team members.

Submission Requirements

Proposals must be submitted online. Submissions instructions can be found by visiting

EXTENDED Submission Deadline

All submissions must be received by April 15, 2019 at 11 p.m.


Contact Emily Robson, Coordinator, Arts and Creative Industries at 519-741-2200 ext. 7084 or at

Please note: The City reserves the right to terminate the competition at any stage. In such a case, appropriate notifications would be made as necessary. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be considered.


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