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City seeks submissions from local artists for Paved Paradise public art project

April 15, 2019 -

The City of Kingston is seeking submissions related to Paved Paradise, a temporary public art exhibit that first debuted in 2018. The exhibit will be installed on a series of pedestrian-level billboards facing Kingston City Hall beside the parking lot on Brock Street at Ontario Street. The theme for this year's Paved Paradise project is Imagined Futures, Pressing Times, a response to the City's recent declaration of a climate emergency – a bold step that identifies the urgency to deepen our commitment to protect our ecosystem and community. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 17 by 3 p.m.

"We're inviting proposals from artists to explore an imagined future for Kingston through the lens of climate change," says Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development. "Public art has the ability to engage the community and spark dialogue and, through the Paved Paradise project, we're providing a platform for Kingston artists to explore climate change from a local perspective."

The call for submissions is open to all Kingston-based artists, creatives and collectives, including but not limited to mural and street artists, painters, photographers, illustrators (drawings), mixed media artists and printmakers. New this year: Proposals that use multiple billboards are required, as a series or as a multi-part installation created by one artist or a group of artists.

View the call for submission.

All proposals will be reviewed by a jury comprised of members of the City of Kingston's Public Art Working Group and community members. Fees for selected artists have been established in accordance with Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC).