Friday, May 29, 2015

Call for Artists: Celebrating 40 Years!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery 
invites artists living and/or working 
in the Niagara Region to submit proposals for 
The Art of 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Celebrating Art
Artists of all cultural backgrounds and from across 
Niagara are encouraged to apply.

To download an application for submission, please click here!
Entry Form


June 22

Proposals must be received at GPAG before 5 p.m.

July 2

Results of the selection committee will be announced.

August 15 – 31 

Pieces will be installed in the sculpture garden

September 1 – October 31

Presentation of public programming according to a schedule mutually agreed upon by 
the artists and GPAG

September 25, 7 – 9 pm 

Artists Reception/ Exhibition Celebration in conjunction with Culture Days

The Art of 40 will consist of four installations in the Rotary Clubs of Grimsby Sculpture Garden, near the main entrance to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The installations will address the 40 year relationship between GPAG and local and regional communities within which we exist, will celebrate this significant milestone and will look toward future achievements. 

Many themes could potentially be addressed, including but in no way limited to: working with the concept of 40 (40 years, 4 decades, 4 seasons, 4 directions – even Grimsby’s historic name, The Forty for the 40 Mile Creek) or GPAG special areas of interest including book arts, the environment, and regional agriculture. 

As part of their proposal artists are asked to develop a program or interactive component (performance, hands-on workshop, community art project etc.) that encourages community members to participate in the celebration and enhances their appreciation of the art. The Art of 40 will be documented and preserved in a digital/print publication.

Project goals are to enhance the public profile of GPAG during our 40th anniversary year, to strengthen and extend the strong and positive symbiotic relationship GPAG has with regional artists and to preserve knowledge of the project and all of the creative energy that it engenders for future residents of the Niagara Region. 

Niagara artists working in any medium or media are welcome to apply; the out of doors location, and minimally monitored and protected nature of the site, should be taken into consideration. A site plan of the GPAG building and photographs of the sculpture garden from different angles are available on our website


Proposals should include the following documents:

A detailed description of the piece 
indicating how it expresses 
The Art of 40: Celebrating 40 Years of Celebrating Art 
a current cv, a visual representation of how the proposed piece will be placed into the sculpture garden location and an indication of how it will be installed and secured
up to 10 images of previous work by the artist that documents their ability to successfully create the piece 
detailed description of the public program/interactive component to be presented
additional information that supports the proposal.

Each of the four artists selected for the project will be paid $2500, a sum that will include the artist’s fee and a contribution towards materials, time invested, travel and installation costs. This will be paid in three installments: $1000 when the artist accepts the offer to participate and signs the contract; $1000 following installation of the artwork; $500 following presentation of the public program.

Proposals may be dropped off during normal Gallery hours, or mailed to:

Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 1Y1
RE: The Art of 40 - Proposal

We will also accept proposals by e-mail at  Please make your e-mail     subject line read “RE: The Art of 40 - Proposal”

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