Request for Proposals - Public Art Commissions

Black Lives Matter – Canada and Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism are issuing Requests for Proposal (RFP) from Black artists or Black artist-led teams for a minimum of two (2) permanent public art commissions (“Services”). The first site for artwork is located inside the community hub - a two-story installation replacing the cherry blossom fixture pictured in Appendix A. The second site has yet to be decided, but could include a possible installation along the exterior of the building. Ultimately it will be collaboratively determined with Studio for Contemporary Architecture (SOCA), a Black-led architectural firm leading the scheduled renovation plans at the Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism.

Black Lives Matter-Canada and Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism are projects of M4BJ, which is a Black-led not-for-profit, charitable organization. At M4BJ, we are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free selection process and work environment, and will work with you to meet your access needs. Requests can be made at any phase of the recruitment process and should be emailed to publicart@wildseedcentre.com if you require accommodations. 

M4BJ is a community and arts service organization that primarily engages in serving the needs of Black communities. In order to effectively support these communities and provide opportunities for historically marginalized people, candidates who have lived experience will be strongly considered.

Timeline

  • RFP Issued Monday, October 18, 2021
  • Question Deadline October 22, 2021
  • Issue Addendum (Response to Questions)  October 25, 2021
  • Submission Deadline (EXTENDED) November 5, 11:59 PM ET
  • Evaluation November 1 to November 8
  • Award By November 12, 2021

If you have the qualifications to fill this role and feel you could make a meaningful contribution to Wildseed Centre, apply by sharing your submission in a single PDF by Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET to:

Email: publicart@wildseedcentre.com.

Subject: RFP: Public Art Commissions for BLM-Wildseed

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Addendum (Response to Questions):

Will the installation piece you select be paid for by the organization or the artist? Also, will the artist be paid for the work selected?

The $10,500 CAD budget projection to be outlined in proposals should include payment to the artist and installation costs. Projected artist payments were decided upon by using CARFAC 2021 day rates for preparation, installation and meeting fees.

Access the complete Request for Proposals here:

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Appendix A. Photo courtesy of Dequiera Atherton.