Apply to create murals for the East Parkade

City launches phase two of the Main Street Mural Project

Apply to phase two of the Main Street Mural Project

Guelph, Ont., November 25, 2019 — Established Canadian muralists can apply for a chance to create one of two exterior murals on the east wall of the East Parkade facing Woolwich Street. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2020.

The City of Guelph has received funding from Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative to revitalize its main streets. Phase one of the funding was used to create four murals on Wilson Street. The two new murals will mark the second phase of funding for the initiative.

“Phase one of the Main Street Mural Project was a tremendous success with engaging artwork added to an important gateway in our downtown,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s manager of Culture and Tourism. “We’re excited about the launch of phase two and the opportunities it will create for mural artists.”

This open call to artists follows a two-stage selection process. The first stage is a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) asking artists to submit their credentials, experience and a preliminary vision for a mural. Full design concepts are not required at this stage. The City’s Public Art Advisory Committee will choose a maximum of three finalists per site, and shortlisted artists will move onto the second stage of the process, receiving an honorarium to develop their final concepts. The finalists will be announced at the beginning of March.

What artists need to know before applying:

  • Artists can apply for both sites, but will only be selected for one site
  • Budgets vary for both sites
  • Any mural medium, style or technique is eligible
  • Designs must celebrate and acknowledge community spirit, neighbourhood identity and cultural, historical and natural attributes of the site

About Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative

The Main Street Revitalization Initiative is a $26 million fund from the Government of Ontario. The fund invests in the revitalization of main street areas to support and grow local businesses by driving tourism and encouraging public investment in municipal and public infrastructure.

Media Contact

Stacey Dunnigan, Manager, Culture and Tourism
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2533
stacey.dunnigan@guelph.ca