Request for Qualification for Call to Artists Rideau Street and William Street Renewal – Public Art Program

Call to Artists Rideau Street and William Street Renewal – Public Art Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Deadline for Submission: Monday December 14, 2020. 12 noon E.S.T

Budget: $65, 000 plus HST

Contact Information: Hannah Kingscote, Public Officer,, 613-244-4429

The City of Ottawa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the opportunity to design, fabricate and install a permanent, site-specific linear artwork at three new OC Transpo bus transit shelters on Rideau Street and William Street. This two-stage competition in held in accordance with the Public Art Policy.

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the detailed design and construction of a renewed Rideau Street, from Sussex Drive to Dalhousie Street. This project involves the reconstruction of the streetscape elements and transportation components within the Rideau Street right of way, and also the renewal of a portion of William Street, between George Street and Rideau Street.

Public Art Vision

The public art installations Rideau Street and William Street will integrate visually significant elements that provide identity and distinctive character to the site. The linear artworks will artistically enhance the renewed streetscape, and should also serve a purpose to deter people from leaning against the exterior rear shelter walls. The artworks should reflect the streetscaping strategy for Rideau Street and William Street which acknowledges the historic nature of the corridor, in addition to incorporating contemporary elements to ensure a timeless design.


This request for qualifications is an equal opportunity, open to local, national and international professional artists and artist teams with experience in creating permanent public art and working with multidisciplinary teams. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activities that are inclusive of Ottawa’s diverse communities including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. The City of Ottawa is committed to supporting cultural activities that respond to the Calls to Action put forward in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

To view the complete Call to Artists please click here.

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