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Art in Public Places is the City of Kingston’s Temporary Public Art Program stream that connects the work of contemporary artists with residents and visitors across Kingston. Annually, the City commissions and exhibits 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 does not become part of the Civic Collection.

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Current Projects

Paved Paradise

Paved Paradise is a temporary platform of seven pedestrian-level billboards located on the north side of Brock Street at Ontario Street. Paved Paradise was created in 2018 when a motion from Council came forward to staff to improve the aesthetic experience of the City’s recently acquired parking lot located at the intersection of Ontario Street and Brock Street. The intention was to beautify the downtown core in line with the City’s Public Art Master Plan which speaks to animating public space through artistic endeavours.

Now in its third year, Paved Paradise continues to provide an opportunity for artists to respond to contemporary issues facing our city through public art. The Paved Paradise exhibition structure is a uniquely accessible street level platform that encourages thought, dialogue and discussion. Located in the heart of the downtown tourist district during the summer months, Paved Paradise also provides an opportunity for visitors to reflect upon how artists in the city are thinking and responding to issues facing them locally.

2020 Calls for Submissions

The City invites Kingston-based artists, creatives, and collectives to submit proposals for the 2020 iteration of Paved Paradise. The proposed artwork should be vibrant, positive and reflective of Kingston’s downtown core, spark contemplation and discussion, and address one or more of the following themes:

  • Diverse Kingston stories
  • Kingston’s evolution as a city over time
  • Energy and vibe of Kingston’s downtown

Award: $4,400
Submission deadline: April 10, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.
Download the 2020 call for submission.

Past Project Awards

2019

A Jury made up of members of the Public Art Working Group, through the Arts Advisory Committee, selected “Tomorrow’s Geology Today” by artist-team Noah Scheinman and Adam Biehler. The theme for the 2019 call was “Imagined Futures, Pressing Times”, responding to the City of Kingston’s recent declaration of a climate emergency that identifies the urgency to deepen our commitment to protecting our ecosystem and community. The call invited proposals from artists to explore an imagined future for Kingston through the lens of climate change. The commissioning process was facilitated by the City in keeping with the Public Art Policy as approved.

“Tomorrow’s Geology Today” by Noah Scheinman and Adam Biehler
Project Type: Temporary, six months
Artist Fee: $3,300

Read the 2019 artist's biographies.

2018

For the inaugural Paved Paradise exhibition, a Jury made up of Kingston- based media artists and photographers selected seven photographic works from six individual Kingston based photographers. The artists selected were Tara Cameron, Anna Soper, Carolina Rojas, Frank Carone, Iris Van Loon and Maurice Gauvin. The call for submissions asked artists to respond to the themes of nature, the outdoors and the natural beauty of Kingston and the surrounding region, to contrast the starkness of the parking lot where the works were installed. The selected artwork ranged in style from digital collage, landscape, black and white and digitized 35 mm film. The commissioning process was facilitated by the City in keeping with the Public Art Policy as approved.  

Paved Paradise Pop Up
Project Type: Temporary, six months
Artist Fee: $600 per photo

Read the 2018 artist's biographies.

 

Public Art at the INVISTA Centre

The INVISTA Centre is a City-owned, fully accessible, multi-purpose fitness and community centre located in Kingston’s west end at 1350 Gardiners Rd. Public art at the INVISTA Centre is a public art opportunity for Kingston-based emerging artists only. This project also aims to bring public art to the west-end of Kingston and to animate the facility.

In 2018, the City of Kingston issued a public call for submissions to Kingston-based artists to create public art for the atrium of the INVISTA Centre. Artists were invited to submit a proposal for a large-scale mural, in place for up to 5 years, or pillar wraps, that would be in place for up to one year. The pillars are at ground level, and are accessible to all users who pass through the INVISTA Center.

2020 Calls for Submissions

The 2020 Call for Submissions for the second iteration of the Pillar Wraps will be available in October 2020.

Past Project Awards

2019

  A Jury made up of members of the Public Art Working Group, through the Arts Advisory Committee, selected “Waterway” by Danielle Folkerts for the large-scale mural and “Portals Series” by Shannon Brown and “The Toy Camera Series” by Anna Soper for the six pillar wraps. The 2019 call asked that proposals consider that the centre serves a wide variety of community members from all backgrounds and of all age. This commissioning process was facilitated by the City in keeping with the Public Art Policy as approved.  

“Waterway” by Danielle Folkerts
Project Type: Temporary, five years
Artist Fee: $12,000

Two works selected from “Portal Series” by Shannon Brown
Project Type: Temporary, one year
Artist Fee: $700

Three works selected from “The Toy Camera Series” by Anna Soper
Project Type: Temporary, one year
Artist Fee: $1050

Read the 2019 artist biographies.

 

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