culture

2019

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Construction Hoarding Art

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Call To Artists: Public Artwork for Printed Panels to Surround Construction

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 16, 2019

Project Overview

The City of Niagara Falls Recreation and Culture Department invites Niagara-based artists to submit images of original artwork for the upcoming Cultural Hub and Farmer’s Market’s Construction Phase. This project will consist of artwork that will be printed by the City and hung on the perimeter of the upcoming Cultural Hub and Farmer’s Market, during its construction phase.

Submitted artwork must be original and can consist of – but not limited to - drawings, paintings, photography, digital art, mixed media or collage. All submitted artwork will be square in format. The work would preferably be bold, graphic and/or colourful.

The work must convey visuals or representations pertaining to the upcoming facility uses: ie woodworking, farmer’s market, spoken word, theatrical performances, dance, music, lectures or art / artists.

The final work will be printed by the City of Niagara Falls and hung in an 8’ x 8’ format.

Eligibility

Artists must be from the Niagara Region. Some priority will be given to artists who are Niagara Falls residents. Must be 18 years or older or have parent/guardian consent.

Schedule

  • Deadline for Submissions: Monday December 16, 2019, 11:59pm
  • Artists selected will be notified: Thursday December 19, 2019
  • Artists selected must return signed contracted no later than December 30, 2019.  
  • The artwork will be installed during construction over 2020/21.

Guidelines for Proposals

  • This project requires artwork in high resolution digital printable format only. Low resolution JPG or PDF are acceptable for the application. Applications must not exceed 10MB.
  • All final artwork provided MUST be 300 DPI and will be supplied after artist’s work has been selected.
  • Artist will be provided $850 for the right to print the selected work.
  • Artwork must be family and community friendly.
  • Artist to provide completed entry form, resume, link to online media, written concept, sketches of proposed artwork for Construction Hoarding Art Project.

General Information

The City of Niagara Falls has the right to refuse or revise any and all designs.

All printed artwork will be the property of the City of Niagara Falls. The City of Niagara Falls will retain the right to reproduce the artwork at their discretion for non-commercial purposes until the completion of the construction of the buildings, at no further remuneration.

The artist owns the original artwork. All artists retain the copyright to their art but are not permitted to resell the rights to the selected works for commercial use.

Artist agrees to allow their work for social media promotional purposes. Artist agrees to have work photographed or videoed by the public as well by Niagara Falls staff. Artist agrees to make themselves available to local media who may be interested in covering the project, if requested.

Selected artists will be recognized in Niagara Falls’ Cultural Currents newsletter and on the city’s website, as well as in Niagara Falls Culture Canada’s social media accounts.

 Selection Process

  • Submitted proposals will be jury selected.
  • Individual proposals must be submitted for each application. Artists are welcome to submit more than one proposal.
  • Proposals submitted after deadline will not be accepted.

Submissions

There is no entry fee. Send complete proposal in PDF format to [email protected].

Checklist

Proposal must include:

  • Completed and signed Entry Form  [contact [email protected] for this form].
  • Resume.
  • Link to artist website, and/or social media accounts, and/or examples of previous artwork.
  • Approximate 200 word or less description or artist statement pertaining to the submitted work.
  • Artists under age 18 must also submit written guardian

SUBMIT PROPOSAL TO: [email protected]

Deadline for Submissions is December 16, 2019.

Artists selected will be notified by December 19, 2019.

ARTISTS CHOSEN WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL

Please direct all correspondence to Kim Van Stygeren. 

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Play!Play!Play!NiagaraFalls

CALL TO ARTISTS: PUBLIC ARTWORK FOR PLAYPLAYPLAY!!!NIAGARAFALLS

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DEADLINE: AUGUST 12, 2019

Project Overview

The City of Niagara Falls Recreation and Culture Department invites Niagara-based artists to submit a design concept for PlayPlayPlay!!! – a public outdoor art display and musical installation. This project will consist of individual artists each painting one functioning upright piano and one bench. The reinvented pianos will be placed in the community across Niagara Falls to enjoy visually and play instrumentally from Labour Day to at least Thanksgiving 2019. All pianos will be indoors or covered at night.

Three new pianos will be located at:

  • Gales Centre
  • VIA Rail Train Station
  • Niagara Falls History Museum

Current pianos (painted in 2018) can be found at:

  • MacBain Center
  • Fae Nature on Queen Street
  • Victoria Avenue Public Library

Eligibility

Artists must be from the Niagara Region. Some priority will be given to artists who are Niagara Falls residents. Must be 18 years or older or have parent/guardian consent.

Schedule

  • Deadline for Submissions: August 12, 2019
  • Artists selected will be notified: August 15, 2019
  • Artists selected to receive piano: August 23-26, 2019 (The City will transport piano and deliver it to its final location. Artist must be flexible with start date, per delivery service availability.)
  • Selected artists at work: August 26—September 2, 2019
  • Piano artwork must be completed: September 2, 2019
  • Pianos will remain on site for at least one month.

Guidelines for proposals

  • This project requires artwork on all surfaces of an upright piano and bench created by selected artist.
  • Artist will be provided a $1000 per piano stipend for materials and payment of services.
  • Artwork must be family and community friendly.
  • Pianos must be painted ON SITE in Niagara Falls. Artists may wish to consider providing their own shelter, if necessary, for the duration of painting.
  • Artist to provide completed entry form, resume, link to online media, written concept, sketches of proposed artwork for piano.
  • Mixed media proposals will also be considered.
  • Artwork must contain the following text:

    #NFplay!    PlayPlayPlay!!!NiagaraFalls

General Information

The City of Niagara Falls has the right to refuse or revise any and all designs.

After artwork is complete, a sticker will be added describing the project and acknowledging the artist and risk management policy.

Pianos will be tuned for playing, secured and provided with some protection from weather.

All pianos and subsequent artwork will be the property of the City of Niagara Falls upon completion.

Artist agrees to make themselves and their work available to Culture Programming staff from Niagara Falls for social media promotional purposes during the painting period. Artist agrees to have work photographed or videoed by the public as well as for a video project by Niagara Falls staff. Artist agrees to make themselves available to local media who may be interested in covering PlayPlayPlay!!! NiagaraFalls.

Artists will be recognized via the placard placed on each piano, in Niagara Falls’ Cultural Currents fall newsletter and on the city’s website, as well as in Niagara Falls Culture Canada’s social media accounts.

Selection Process

  • Submitted proposals will be jury selected.
  • Individual proposals must be submitted for each application. Artists are welcome to submit more than one proposal but will be awarded only one (1) piano if selected.
  • Proposals submitted after deadline will not be accepted.

Submissions

There is no entry fee.

Download the application. Send complete proposal in PDF format to [email protected]

Checklist

Proposals must include:

  • Completed and signed Application/Design form [contact [email protected] .
  • Resume (including artist background, qualifications, relevant past experience and art projects involved).
  • Link to artist website, social media accounts, and/or examples of previous artwork.
  • Approximate 200 words or less concept for proposed piano artwork.
  • Sketches of proposed artwork for piano, using attached Design Template in the Application. Template is for adjudication process only. Individual pianos MAY vary.
  • Artists under age 18 must also submit written guardian

SUBMIT PROPOSAL TO: [email protected]

Deadline for Submissions is August 12, 2019.

Artists selected will be notified by August 16, 2019

ARTISTS CHOSEN WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL

Please direct all correspondence to Kim Van Stygeren.

Deadline: July 22, 2019 11:59pm

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Wheat Paste art

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Introduction

The City of Niagara Falls invites artists and artist collectives to submit completed artwork/designs for the development and execution of 1 [one] of 11 [eleven] site-specific, outdoor Wheat Paste installations as part of Niagara Falls Wheat Paste Installation Project. Each selected artist will receive $1000 for each selected entry. This call follows a single-stage selection process. Completed designs/artwork are required at this time.

Eligibility

This Call is open to artists and artist collectives in the Region of Niagara and municipalities of Hamilton, Norfolk and Haldimand. Artists working in any medium, style or technique may apply. Successful applicants must demonstrate the professional capacity to provide hi resolution JPGs [600dpi] for the final artwork. Individuals who are members of the City of Niagara Falls" council or employees of the City of Niagara Falls are not eligible to enter. In order to be eligible for this competition, entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

Theme

The artwork for the Niagara Falls Wheat Paste Installation should support the vibrancy of the location and help enhance the pedestrian realm and sense of place, while beautifying the streetscape. The main focus of each installation is to showcase the history of the building and will bridge the gap between the history of Niagara Falls buildings, the artwork and the viewer.

For this project there are 11 potential buildings/sites located throughout the City of Niagara Falls. For each application, we are asking for JPG(s) of your original artwork. These will be reproduced in a large format to be “pasted” on one of multiple building exteriors throughout the city. Bold simpler images that are easier to discern from afar will be preferred. The intention is to create art where the residents and visitors of Niagara Falls can understand how the art/design/symbolism correlates to the history of that building. The artwork will be printed and adhered to the buildings" exterior, repeatedly in groups of 3 - 5, depending on which location is selected by the artist. Each piece will be enlarged up to approximately 6"-8" tall or wide, depending on the location. The dimensions of the artwork may fit the site perfectly or be irregular (i.e. a cutout image). Each site will have one (1) image, multiple times as per the site diagrams provided.

ART/Design parameters

Artists are able to submit 1 (one) low resolution JPG (no greater than 5MB) of 1 (one) original artwork or multiple site specific JPG image(s) of original artwork per site. Artists are allowed to submit multiple images of original artwork for multiple sites, up to all 11 sites, each submission being site specific.

The artwork can consist of, but is not limited to: paintings, graphics, photography, mixed media, collage, digitally manipulated imagery, sketches, and cartoons. We do not require full size renderings. Small artwork to scale of the provided dimensions is all we are looking for.

The artwork in these public spaces should celebrate a link to the past lives of our buildings/ neighbourhood history. The intention is that the viewer will see a) an engaging work of art and b) be able to understand the reference to the building"s history. For example, The Old Stone Inn Hotel used to be a flour mill. Artwork could reference sacks of flour, or the machinery that grinds flour, or images of wheat. The correlation should be easily comprehensible.

If your work is selected, the final artwork will be provided electronically in JPG form 600DPI. The City of Niagara Falls will enlarge the selected art via a print shop onto photocopier paper, which will then be installed by a third party. Installation will be assisted by the selected artist[s], to provide aesthetic direction only, from the ground.

The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • bold simple images that are easy to discern from afar
  • can be full colour or black and white
  • suitable for exhibition in a public space
  • reflect community history, culture and civic pride
  • be appropriate for the site in scale
  • demonstrate excellence in execution and creativity
  • must not promote violence, hatred or contempt against any group on the basis of colour, race, ancestry, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, language or ability
  • must not include business names/logos, branded tags, acronyms, or any commercial advertising

Locations

The following sites in Niagara Falls have been identified for the Wheat Pasted Artwork. Please identify which site(s) you are applying for in your Letter(s) of Intent.

Site A: NIAGARA MILITARY MUSEUM/ ARMOURY

Built in 1911 by National Defence Co., recruitment and training centre, a detention barracks for troops, now a military museum [preserving the Armoury for guided public tours, by collecting and exhibiting artefacts, and by communicating stories of Canada"s military heritage] and escape rooms.

Site B: CANADIAN SPECIALTY CASTINGS

Over 100 years old. New wing in 1998-2002. Owned by City Yards & Departments. Niagara Bronze Foundry since mid-60"s, owned by the Tallman family. Now Canadian Specialty Castings opened in March 2006; stainless steel foundry.

Other suggested themes for neighbourhood/area: Silver plating, Silvertown, early Niagara Falls industry

  • 4248 Broughton Ave.
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3K4
  • 4 images total
  • Approx. dimensions:[email protected] 6' W x 8' H
  • North and East Face South and East Face

Site C: CHIPPAWA TOWN HALL

1842 Landmark clock tower. initially a general store, town hall, grocery, dry goods, dances, church benefit shows, religious plays, travelling shows with minstrels and local civic association meetings, political business. Now a community centre

  • 8198 Cummington Sq E.
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2G 6B3
  • 5 images total: 4 images on front, 1 on side
  • Approx. dimensions: North [email protected] 3' W x 6' HSide [email protected] 9' W x 12' H

Site D: FIREHALL THEATRE

Walnut Street Fire hall built 1917. Decommissioned as a fire hall in 1967

  • 4990 Walnut St.
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N3
  • 3 images total: 1 each per side Approx. dimensions:9'W x 9' H

Site E: HEART NIAGARA

Formerly a local corner store, Dominion Store, Niagara Farms, Family and Children Services, Transition College, Court Services

  • 4635b Queen St.
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2E 2L7
  • 3 images total
  • Approx. dimensions:3 @ 6' W X 9'H

Site F: HILTON HOTEL, BACK ENTRANCE

Part of the Hilton Hotel chain, founded by the Hilton family in 1927. Relatively new construction, currently being used as a staircase for our employee entrance.

Other suggested themes for neighbourhood/area: Early tourism, Tourism Camps and Fallsview history.

  • Art Location on Stanley Avenue, Backside of Hotel.
  • Front side address: 6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
  • 3 images totalApprox. dimensions:[email protected] 6'W x 9' H

Site G:NIAGARA FALLS HISTORY MUSEUM

1874 Old Stamford Hall. Uses: political centre, firehall, now museum

  • 5810 Ferry St
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1S9
  • 4 images total: 2 images on east, 2 on south
  • Approx. dimensions:[email protected] 11'T x 9'W East and South faces

Site H: NIAGARA RAILWAY BRIDGE UNDERPASS

Vanderbuilt built the Cantilever Bridge. Construction began on April 15th 1883. Following that came the Steel Arch Bridge by the Michigan Central Railway. The actual overpass is considered and treated as part of the bridge itself.

  • Niagara Parkway between Park Street and Bridge Street.
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2E 2R4
  • 3 images total
  • Approx. dimensions:[email protected] 9' W x 9' H
  • West face

Site I: OLD STONE INN

1904 Originally flour mills [Gold Dust and Niagara Spray flours, middlings, bran chopped feed], Urschel Bates Valve Bag Company, and scrap metal warehouse owned by NF"s first Jewish resident Myer Salit.

  • 6080 Fallsview Boulevard
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7L6
  • 4 images total: 4 images on back building, 1 on hotel side
  • Approx. dimensions:[email protected] 9'W x 12' H
  • North faces

Site J: POST FOODS

Cereal manufacturer. 115 years in Niagara Falls. Building opened in 1904.

  • 5651 Lewis Ave
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6V9
  • 3 images total on silo
  • Approx. dimensions:[email protected] 9'W x 18'H
  • Silo face

Site K: ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION 479

MEMORIAL SCHOOL (1922-1981) Memorial School was named by its students who felt that it would be an appropriate name to honour the 176th battalion, the "Niagara Rangers," on whose training grounds the school was built, and also for the local men who were killed in the First World War. The school was named on December 10, 1921, and the 8-room schoolhouse was officially opened by Lord Byng, then Governor General of Canada, on April 22, 1922. In 1929, six classrooms and an auditorium were added to the school. A sundial dedicated to the 15 former Memorial students who had died in the First World War was unveiled on November 11, 1946. The school was closed in 1981 as a result of declining enrolment. This building is now the home of the A. C. McCallum Branch 479th of the Royal Canadian Legion.

  • 5603 Spring St
  • Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1P7
  • 4 images total: 2 on side/2 on front.
  • Approx. dimensions:6' W x 12'H
  • Multiple vertical faces

Expectations of artist

Expectations of the successful artist(s) include, but may not be limited to:

  • develop the artwork/design
  • oversee installation of the artwork
  • travel to Niagara Falls for a minimum of 2 visits: to manage the installation of the artwork; and to attend an unveiling event

Notes:

  • The City of Niagara Falls will pay for costs related to the promotion of this project
  • The City of Niagara Falls will pay for all costs related to the installation of artwork
  • The artwork is temporary and is expected to remain in place for 1 to 2 months, July/August 2019, weather dependent

Budget

A fee of $1000 plus any applicable HST will be paid for each design. The artist may enter as many different locations as they wish.

Selection Committee & process

All applications submitted to this Call will be reviewed by a selection committee of professionals in the arts.

The commissioned artwork will be chosen through a single-stage selection process. Requirements are:

  • Letter of Intent – Artist"s vision, approach and insight is appropriate for the project. Specify which site the artwork is intended for.
  • Artistic excellence – Examples of Artist"s work reflect relevance, innovation, originality and skilled technique.
  • Appropriateness of artwork to project goals.
  • Artistic merit
  • Degree to which the artwork is responsive to the existing character of the site, its history and the community.
  • Technical feasibility and probability of successful completion
  • The final say will be given to the building owners upon presentation of the selections.

Entry procedure

The City of Niagara Falls will only accept electronically submitted applications to [email protected].

The City of Niagara Falls reserves the right to decline all submissions, request artwork for different sites, or cancel this Call to Artists at any time.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

The anticipated project schedule is outlined below. The City reserves the right to modify these dates as required.

Call to Artists

June 25 – July 22, 2019

Adjudication

July 23 - 25, 2019

Contracts

July 30 - 31, 2019

Installation

August 3 – September 4, 2019

Media Launch

Early August TBD

Submission requirements

Submission must contain:

  1. Application Form: At the end of this document (PDF)
  2. Art, designs and/or images in JPG form (no greater than 5MB). Each selected piece will be enlarged up to approximately 6" tall or wide, depending on the location. Bold simpler images that are easier to discern from far away will be preferred. Images should fit into the approximate area/location demarked on the specific site. Images may be cutout, rectangular, circular or square, as long as it suits the space. (JPG)
  3. Letter of Intent/Description of Artwork proposed for site. Please explain any context, stylistically or historically, to assist in the definition of the proposed artwork for adjudication and media purposes. Specify which site the Artwork is designed for. This will also be attached to the wall to accompany the artwork. 250 words or less. Artists interested in applying for more than one location are required to submit Letters of Intent for each site. (PDF)
  4. Resume/Curriculum vitae (2 page maximum, 12 point font, single spaced, PDF)
  5. Portfolio: Visual images (3 minimum/10 maximum, JPEG files): Digital images of past work that best demonstrate your qualifications for this project.
  6. Link to online portfolio or social media page containing your artwork (for the location map and media launch, if your work is selected).

APPLICATION FORM For a word document application please contact Kim Van Stygeren.

ABOUT NIAGARA FALLS CULTURE

The City of Niagara Falls Recreation and Culture Department manages public art, funding programs and cultural events in the City of Niagara Falls. The division supports the creativity of local artists by funding and partnering with the City"s arts and cultural communities. The City demonstrates an ongoing commitment to arts and culture through the division"s ongoing activities, including community arts programming, cultural grants, marketing, public arts, youth arts and education programs, to stimulate and foster the creation of arts and cultural experiences throughout the diverse neighborhoods of Niagara Falls.

Deadline to apply

The deadline to enter is 11:59 pm, July 22, 2019. For additional information or questions please contact: Kim Van Stygeren, Cultural Program Assistant Recreation & Culture City of Niagara Falls

(905) 356-7521 ext. 5911

[email protected]