The City will commission and/or exhibit of works of temporary public art – including street art – to promote diverse cultural expression in a variety of mediums in civic spaces, places and neighbourhoods. This work will not become part of the Civic Collection.

Artist Opportunities

Culture Days Transit Pop Up

Back by popular demand! The City is seeking proposal from artists, creators, collectives and performers in all media to present Pop Ups on Kingston Transit buses, stops and transfer points during Culture Days 2018.

This one day only event will take place on the first day of Culture Days, Friday, Sept. 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All local creators are invited to come and engage commuters, transit users and passersby in unexpected and inspiring pop up performances, cultural moments, workshops and more! Submissions were due September 10.

Closed Call for Submissions


The City invites expressions of interest from emerging, mid-career and established artists interested in creating works for the INVISTA Centre. Cultural Services has two calls open to local and regional artists working in two-dimensional mediums to create works for the atrium of the INVISTA Centre. The INVISTA Centre is a fully accessible multi-purpose fitness and community centre, with four ice pads. The centre is used by Kingston and region-based community members as a fitness centre, community gathering space and has an emphasis on ice based activity and sport. Submissions were due June 15.

  1. The first call was for 2-dimensional works to be installed on six pillars located in the atrium of the centre.
  2. The second call was for a large mural intended to activate the upper wall of the atrium.

Paved Paradise Downtown Beautification Strategy

Artists and photographers are asked to consider the themes of nature, the outdoors, and the natural beauty of Kingston and the surrounding region for this photo based public art project. Intended to ask visitors and citizens alike to consider a 'Paved Paradise', the selected images will be installed in an exterior framing structure next to the parking lot at Ontario and Brock streets, facing City Hall. This high traffic area is at the edge of Kingston's historic downtown and is a hub of activity during the spring, summer and fall. This exterior exhibition is a temporary Public Art installation that will be removed in the fall of 2018. Submissions were due June 11.