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Discover the City's growing collection of public art. more
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Public Art Committee 

Public Art Committee Seeks Citizen Representative

The Public Art Committee provides expert community input on public art policies, projects and procedures. Anyone with an interest in art and expertise in fields such as visual art, architecture, design, urban planning, business, or community development is encouraged to apply. more  



Find out more about how the City acquires public art. more

Wild Life


Discover the latest addition to the City's Public Art collection! Wild Life, a set of pedestrian-scale bronze sculptures by Brandon Vickerd, was installed in August 2016 on Algoma Street South. more

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artist guidebook

Public art can significantly change an artist's career. Learn how to navigate the City's competition process, from proposal to contract to installation. Copies available online. more



prince arthur's landing

Learn about the City's largest collection of public art to date, all within the beautiful setting of the Lake Superior waterfront. Accessible year round.
Walking Tour Guide  Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 425 KB

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call to artists: 

There are currently three open calls for artist opportunities. Deadlines for all three are Friday May 11th at 4pm.


Thunder Bay is renowned for being one of the early municipalities in Canada to recognize the value of public art. A policy outlining the definition, value, and administration of public art has existed since 1988 and states that:

Public art beautifies cities, gives meaning to place and builds community identity. It contributes to a visually dynamic environment, creating public spaces that celebrate, engage and stimulate.

Public art enriches our everyday lives, brings to light social issues and political events, creates an appreciation of culture and heritage, teaches us about our surroundings, and much more. Public art is an investment in our culture and makes Thunder Bay a more beautiful place to live, work and play.

The number and extent of public art commissions in Thunder Bay has grown substantially in recent years, and the redeveloped waterfront at Prince Arthur’s Landing has become the site of the City's largest series of public art installations to date.

For more information on public art in Thunder Bay, please contact:

City of Thunder Bay

Recreation & Culture Division

Address:   Victoriaville Civic Centre
                 Thunder Bay ON P7E 6S4
Tel:            (807) 625-2365