Call for Public Art Jury – Artistic Peer and Community Members

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cSPACE seeks Artistic Peer and Community Jury members to select public artwork(s) for cSPACE King Edward arts hub and arts incubator.


cSPACE King Edward is located at 1720 – 30th Avenue SW in the vibrant, arts-friendly, inner-city neighborhood of Marda Loop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  The LEED Gold redevelopment of a 1912 historic school will provide approximately 47,000 square feet of highly adaptable artist studios, together with production, exhibition, rehearsal and office spaces for artists, nonprofits and cultural entrepreneurs. This new multi-tenant arts facility and municipally designated heritage building will open in November 2016.

cSPACE intends to integrate artworks into high-profile public locations throughout the interior and surrounding grounds of the facility. Artworks commissioned will showcase both emerging and established artists, working across artistic mediums. cSPACE is seeking public artwork that is contemporary, multidisciplinary, thought provoking, and responsive to the heritage of a century-old school as a historic place of learning and prominent sandstone landmark within the community.

A call for public art proposals was released in April 2016.


Jury members will select public artwork(s) from varied forms of artistic media and career levels. Artwork(s) will be selected by a two-stage jury process. Following a Request for Qualifications from prospective artists, the jury(s) will meet first to shortlist artists to create conceptual designs (up to 3 proposals per site). The jury(s) will then meet again to determine final artwork selection from the developed design concepts.

If multiple artwork sites are confirmed for cSPACE King Edward, Artists may propose artwork(s) for prospective sites and apply to also be artist peer jurors for the sites they are not proposing artwork for provided that there is no perceived conflict.


Artistic peer jurors will posses a background in the arts (ideally but not limited to public art, large-scale artworks, sculpture & installation, and or visual/media arts). Artists peers will demonstrate a commitment to an artistic discipline and/or reflect a high level of artistic and aesthetic experience and accomplishment in their own artistic career.

Community member jurors are Calgarians who possess an appreciation and understanding of the arts, andare sensitive to the impact and value of public artwork within a local community. Community members jurors should possess skills that are transferable within the context of this public art call and will recognize the value of historic places, have knowledge and insight into the social and cultural climate of Calgary, and have local awareness of the community of Marda Loop.

In addition to these skills cSPACE is looking for Jury members who will bring an open mind, exceptional listening skills, a willingness to embrace change and thrive in a committee structure. Artists and Community members who possess relevant skills, expertise and knowledge that will accommodate the varied range of artist(s) and artworks(s) to be juried are encouraged to apply.

TIMELINES (All dates subject to change)

April 2016 – Public Art Request for Expressions of Interest released
May 2016 – Jury selection and notification. All jury members are to attend a one (1) hour training session and cSPACE King Edward site tour prior to reviewing jury materials.
June 2016 – Jury(s) receives materials for review. The jury(s) commitment will be scheduled for two (2) eight (8) hour day deliberations.
July 2016 – Shortlisted artists announced for conceptual design proposals.
September –October 2016 – The jury(s) will have access to final artist concepts (to a maximum of 3 per project location). Scheduling of second jury deliberation will include artist interviews and review of conceptual design proposals for (two (2) eight (8) hour day deliberations)
November 2016 – Final artwork(s) selection announced


cSPACE recognizes that jury volunteers dedicate their time and expertise to the investment process. For meetings refreshments will be provided, and parking/transit costs are covered provided that jurors submit their receipts. cSPACE will provide an honorarium to Artist peer jury members as per CARFAC guidelines.

Deadline for Application: April 29, 2016

Please provide (in PDF format, via email):

  • A maximum one page letter stating your interest and supporting expertise for jury participation
  • A supporting C.V. or resume (2 page maximum)

Send your application to:

Karilynn Thompson,

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