Artists invited to submit public artwork proposals

February 27, 2014 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie is inviting local, regional and international artists who have experience working in the public art realm to submit their proposals for a public art competition at the newly expanded Bert Church Live Theatre. The successful artist will receive a commission to design, fabricate and install an original public artwork which will be on permanent display at the Bert Church Live Theatre.

The intent of the competition is to select an artist who can create a significant piece of public artwork that is relevant and meaningful to the community. The use of reclaimed and/or sustainably-resourced materials is strongly encouraged, as the City of Airdrie is largely guided by the AirdrieONE Sustainability Plan.

“In 2008 Council adopted a public art policy which outlines the process for how we select public artwork,” explained Michael McAllister, Community Developer. “In line with this policy, a community driven Public Art Group comprised of residents and representatives from local art groups have set criteria for evaluation of each proposal, and will make the final decision on the successful proposal.”

City of Airdrie staff are assisting with the facilitation of the initial discussion as well as providing technical expertise when necessary. The $50,000 in funding for the project was budgeted as part of the capital cost of the Bert Church Live Theatre expansion. Artists interested in participating in the competition can view the project RFP on Alberta Purchasing Connection.


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Michael McAllister, Community Developer
City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 ext. 8776


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