Burlington artists can apply to have their work installed locally


Published April 4, 2022 at 11:45 am

The public art program is once again opening submissions for its annual Local Artist Program. The program commissions local artists to create a variety of small to medium scale artworks throughout the community.

The City is inviting local artists to submit their design ideas that will be installed on traffic control signal boxes throughout the city later this year. Six artists will be commissioned to create a unique design that will be used to produce the utility box vinyl wraps.

“Art plays a powerful role in bringing people together. As we begin to embark and adapt to a post-pandemic life, artists play a crucial role in reflecting upon and expressing our shared experiences,” said Angela Paparizo, manager of Arts and Culture.

“Artists are encouraged to submit artwork that focuses on inspiring and uplifting the community during this new phase of what continues to be challenging times. I am excited to see this year’s submissions for this popular project that brings vitality and beauty to traffic signal boxes around Burlington. It is my hope that Burlington artists will share their creative vision for this artwork that will add to our urban art gallery of wrapped traffic signal boxes.”

This is a design only commission as the City of Burlington will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the vinyl wraps. Burlington artists may create a new artwork concept for this project or reformat an existing artwork.

Successful artists will be required to submit a high-resolution digital file of their artwork concept (assistance is available upon request). Applicants must be a resident of Burlington, Ont.

The application deadline is May 13 and project installation is scheduled for August.

Locations for the artworks are:

  • Nelson Recreation Centre
  • Appleby Square
  • Joseph Brant Hospital parking garage entrance
  • Tom Thomson Public School
  • Upper Middle Rd. and Cavendish Dr.
  • Alton Village

For deadlines and more information on how to get application help and/or apply, visit the city website.