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Call To Artists

Public Art

The City of Thunder Bay engages artists and acquires works of art through a variety of established processes, including Calls to Artists. Resources for artists are listed at the bottom of this page. 

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Receive news and information about competitions and other public art activities. Visual artists, authors, and filmmakers welcome. Emerging artists and students encouraged. Send an email to:

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 The City of Thunder Bay is currently accepting submissions for the following competitions:

HIGH STREET RETAINING WALL CONCRETE DESIGN - closes Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4:00pm

 High Street Retaining Wall

Invitation: Artists and artist led teams are are invited to submit design concepts that may be integrated into the façade of the proposed High Street retaining wall replacement. The selected design may be finalized and transferred to pre-cast concrete panels.

Theme: The design must reflect themes related to Thunder Bay's involvement in World War I, in acknowledgement of the war from 1914-1918.

Eligibility: This competition is open to local or regional artists who live/work/attend school in the Northwestern Ontario region, as defined by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Budget: Maximum of $15,000

Site Visit: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11am. Meet at Hillcrest Park in the parking lot closest to John Street.

For more details or to apply visit Please contact Supply Management at (807) 625-2252 if you encounter any issues.



Public art can significantly change an artist's career. The Artist Guidebook was created as a resource for emerging and experienced public artists, and outlines the City's competition and commissioning process from start to finish. Includes perspectives from local artists and covers a variety of topics such as:

  • How to find competitions
  • How the City acquires public art
  • How to provide a submission
  • The artist contract
  • Insurance, contractor safety, and WSIB
  • Working with subcontractors

Contact: (807) 625-2365