Call for artist proposals


The City of Kitchener currently administers four yearly calls for proposals: Artist in Residence, Rotunda Gallery, the Youth Video Competition and Berlin Tower Artspace. It will also post calls for art installations as part of their public art policy and other unique opportunities that may arise.

Artist in Residence
Each year, we invite professional artists, who live and work in Waterloo Region, to apply to be our next Artist in Residence - an opportunity that allows them to engage and collaborate with the community while advancing their own practice. Get more information.
Rotunda Gallery
The Gallery is located in city hall and hosts monthly exhibitions by practicing visual artists. The submission deadline for applications is in the fall of each year. Get more information.
Youth Video Competition
Open to youth ages 12 to 25 that reside in the Waterloo Region, this competition encourages submissions of short films. Deadline is typically in March of each year. Get more information.
Berlin Tower Artspace
This gallery space supports community arts and culture and emerging artists. Exhibitions are scheduled based on informal proposals and space availability. Get more information. 
Public Art Program
The City of Kitchener has celebrated special places by installing public art at or near them through their public art policy. Each work of public art is one-of-a-kind, made just for the location where it rests. Interested artists and developers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the current collection. Get more information.
Current Public Art Opportunities
Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre Public Art Competition

Artists/artist teams are invited to submit proposals for a one-stage competition to provide a site-specific work of public art that combines an artistic vision with functionality for an outdoor seating installation at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, Kitchener, Ontario. The competition is open to all emerging and established artists/teams residing in Canada. Each artist(s)/team is limited to one entry. 


The call for submissions is now closed. Thank you to all that applied!

Application Form 



The City of Kitchener’s public art program installs site-specific works throughout the city. These art works represent a wide variety of styles and materials, with a preference for innovation, responsiveness to the site, low-maintenance and durability. Public art is usually created in conjunction with new major construction or renovation of facilities such as libraries, community centres, fire stations, parking garages, and other city-owned buildings to which the public has access. Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre is eligible for public art through the City of Kitchener’s percent for art program. 


The Doon Pioneer Park Community centre is located in the southwest corner of the city at 150 Pioneer Park Drive, on the territory of Six Nations on the Haldimand Tract, near the majestic Grand River.  This area is forecasted to be the fastest growing neighbourhood in Kitchener over the next 20 years.  

People who visit and live here value the walkability of nearby trails, and a variety of wildlife in the area.  Residents describe Doon as a great place to live because of the “small town” feel.  One family says:  “It feels like a small community as there is still a divide between Doon and the rest of Kitchener in terms of transportation and the surrounding industrial lands”

This area is home to a multicultural population with a higher proportion of children, teens and mature adults when compared to the rest of the City.

The Centre is a neighbourhood hub which welcomes the more than 20,000 local residents to partake of its amenities, with shopping, restaurants and sports fields located close by.  It is currently undergoing a renovation/expansion to continue providing highly valued recreation and social service programs such as Christmas Miracle which provides 50 families with a food hamper, fitness and sports such as tai chi and walking clubs, a volleyball tournament that has been running for 26 years, music, continuing education and social services for a variety of community needs.  Many outreach and agency supports also make this a hot spot to the community.  The Neighbourhood Association runs a Fall Family Fun day carnival attracting about 700 people each year. A local branch of the Kitchener Public Library is located within this building. 

One of the key priorities for the renovation is to accommodate a bigger space for the community to gather with friends and neighbours. When the expansion is complete, the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre will be one of Kitchener’s largest community centres and include:

  • An additional large program room
  • A second large gymnasium
  • Additional meeting spaces
  • Spacious lobby and seating area
  • New washroom facilities
  • New water splash pad in front of the building


Project stakeholders have identified a need for an outdoor seating and shade from spring to fall. Proposals should offer a creative seating solution that creates an inviting/welcoming space for visitors to make the space their own during the warmer months of the year. In the colder months, this installation should provide visual enjoyment as people walk by to enter and exit the building. Use of the seating is not anticipated during the winter months.

The installation will be located on the property’s “front lawn”, so to speak, with the opportunity for relaxing on the “front porch”. 

Project stakeholders imagine visitors using the installation as part of the space: to play in the splash pad, enjoy local events and activities outdoors, or to simply read a book. This space will also be a welcoming venue to outdoor programs, activities, concerts, and much more.

Site Considerations

The public art installation will be located in the green space facing a newly designed splash pad on one side and a wall of windows that require unobstructed sight lines, on the other side.  The design should create a visual connection between the interior and exterior space at the centre (refer to diagrams - if you require this document in an accessible format, please contact Karoline Varin, Program Administrator,  at 519-741-2200, ext. 7912, TTY 1-866-969-9994). The approximate size of the whole grass area is 82 feet in length by 30 feet in width, split in half by a hard surface path.  

  • The installation will be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and must therefore be able to withstand exterior conditions and unsupervised access.
  • The splash pad will operate seasonally from mid-May to mid-October.
  • The public art installation must adhere to the following design parameters: 
  • The artwork for this location must be at a scale that suits the location. 
  • The artwork must be constructed of durable/permanent/weather resistant materials
  • The artwork must not pose a risk of injury to the public (i.e. sharp points)
  • It must accommodate all users of the space - adults, children, elderly, people with mobility challenges: located on a flat surface with arms and unobstructed space beside
  • The city reserves the right to modify the design to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ( as pertaining to rest areas and seating


The artist fee is $23,000 including HST, and is inclusive of design fees, site visits, materials, engineering, fabrication (includes all sub-contracting costs), other consulting, transportation, legal, permits, insurance and contingency fees. Terms of payment will be set out in the City-Artist Agreement. The City will be responsible for installation and signage.

Original Work

The artist must guarantee that the artwork concept is original and does not violate the copyright of any other person.

Submission Requirements

  • Description of project concept/proposal, 500 words max.
  • Sketch incorporated into the specified part of the site and showing dimensions provided as a digital file, formatted as a high resolution JPG, 300 DPI, at one-third scale
  • Detailed budget including any subcontractors i.e. engineers, etc.
  • Detailed timeline
  • CV
  • 5/10 high res jpg files of previous work with information (title, location, medium, size, year)


Site Visit:                                                                                   Sept. 19, 2019, 11 a.m.

*150 Pioneer Park Drive, Kitchener, N2P 2C2

Deadline for Proposals:                                             EXTENDED Oct. 3, 2019, midnight

Selection of Winning Proposal: 

*It is the intent of the City of Kitchener to announce the selected design by the end of October

Fabrication:                                                                         Nov. 2019 – end of April, 2020

Opening Ceremonies for the Building:                                                  Jan. or Feb., 2020

*The artist(s) will be invited to be available for a public information session about the artwork

Installation:                                                                                                      May 2020

Official Unveiling:                                                                                       June 13, 2020

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


Selection Panel and Process

Members of the selection committee will include members of the neighbourhood, arts professionals, the ward councillor and stakeholder representatives from the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre. The jury’s decision is forwarded as a recommendation to Kitchener City Council for approval.

Submissions will be assessed for:

  • Responsiveness to the site, relevance, critical integrity and representation of the community
  • Demonstrated excellence of past work
  • Professional  experience
  • Ability to provide references, on request, from past project sponsors and/or design team members
  • Open to artists residing in Canada

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