Call for Indigenous artists to commission artwork

Burlington, Ont.—August. 19, 2022— The City of Burlington’s Public Art Program invites First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists to submit artwork to be installed as vinyl wraps on a series of nine large electrical boxes located in the Spencer Smith Park on Lake Ontario in Burlington, Ontario.

It’s a design commission only. The City of Burlington will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the vinyl wraps. Artists can create a new concept artwork for this project or reformat an existing artwork. Artwork may be digitally created or may be digital scans/photography of visual art or craft, such as painting, photography, textiles, beadwork, pottery, etc.

Nine commissions of $2,000 each are available.

Applications must be sent by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 9. To apply and learn more, visit

About the project

The City of Burlington, with support from the Hamilton Halton Brant Tourism Relief Fund, is creating an Aboriginal Art Walk in Spencer Smith Park. This project aims to celebrate and honor the work of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. This project will connect Spencer Smith Park to other key downtown arts and cultural destinations, including the Joseph Brant Museum and the Burlington Art Gallery.

The art walk will begin at an Aboriginal-themed crosswalk located at the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Nelson Avenue. This prime location is an entrance to Spencer Smith Park, with direct connections to the Burlington Art Gallery and Spencer’s at the Waterfront.

From here visitors can travel east or west along the seafront promenade. Electrical boxes are located along the main path and in the grounds. Heading west, the art walk will end at the Joseph Brant Museum, where artist David General was commissioned to create a large-scale sculpture, conversations and stories, will be installed in the fall of 2022.

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Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

“Spencer Smith Park, along with all of the City’s facilities, parks and green spaces, is a welcoming and inclusive space. These nine commissions will honor and celebrate the work of First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists as residents and tourists stroll along Spencer Smith Park and visit key downtown destinations such as the Joseph Brant Museum and Gallery. of Art in Burlington.

Angela Paparizo, Head of Arts and Culture

“The commissioning of Aboriginal artwork for Spencer Smith Park is very important. Not only does this create a more beautiful and meaningful space for everyone, but it also helps us remember the earth we stand on. I look forward to all wonderful and thoughtful submissions.

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Carla Marshall
Communications Advisor
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