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Trajan Pro 10, short film by Shaheer Zazai installed at Thistletown Community Centre, Sept 30 - Oct 3

Photo by Vladimir Kanic.

We are currently seeking up to seven artists or creative teams to create new projects, or to reiterate existing works for site-specific temporary public art projections! We ask artists to consider ideas of community, reflection and inclusion in our time of change and social unrest.

OCAD U and The City of Toronto invite artists or artist teams residing in Toronto to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and conceptual approaches (film, animation, photographs, multimedia works) for outdoor projection, as part of the ongoing public art initiative BigArtTO.

BigArtTO is a City-wide temporary public art campaign to help residents feel comfortable exploring their neighbourhoods again, providing opportunities for local artists, driving economic and cultural development, and generating anticipation for ArtworxTO, Toronto’s Year of Pubic Art 2021.

The program comprises 25 sites, one in each of the City’s Wards, promoting access to artwork across the city, without the need for residents to leave their local areas. BigArtTO is a celebration of Toronto’s creative, critical, collective Imaginary. It is about the big ideas, big images and powerful voices that make this city of Toronto a global leader. Big Art TO is about the city we will live in and the city we want—open, safe, and inclusive. Big Art TO is also an opportunity for artists, designers and media makers to get back to work.

BigArtTO will run for 13 weeks, from September 16 to December 5, with each week boasting one or two locations. Each projection in each Ward will play continuously for 3-4 hours, Wednesday through Saturday. Projected works are typically 3-5 minutes in length.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, October 19th, 2020 (11:59 EST)

NOTIFICATION: Friday, October 30th, 2020


This is a call open to emerging, professional artists, or artist teams residing in the GTA.


Expressions of Interest must be submitted by email to:

You are asked to include the following in a single PDF:

●      Expression of Interest citing a preference for a City Ward (½ page max)

●      Bio (100 words max)

●      Current CV (3 pages max)

●      Portfolio (with specific examples of work for projection in BigArtTO) 

If you wish to include video documentation, it should be uploaded to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selection committee may only view up to five minutes of each video.

We thank all artists contributing their time and professional work for this Expression of Interest. Applications that do not adhere to these criteria or are incomplete will be disqualified.


Each project will receive a fee of up to $2000.00 toward the creation or adaptation, preparation and presentation of their projects for specific City of Toronto sites, working in collaboration with creative partner AVA Animation and Visual Arts Inc..


All submitted works are reviewed by our Advisory Committee.

SELECTION COMMITTEE Andrea Fatona, Luke Parnell, Tommy Truong, Katriina Campitelli - City of Toronto (non-voting), Emma Lopez - AVA Animations (non-voting), Glen Lowry - OCAD University (non-voting)

LOCATIONS (dates and locations are subject to change)

Site 1: Ward 2 - Etobicoke (Etobicoke Olympium); November 11 - 14

Site 2: Ward 15 - Don Valley West (Leaside Memorial Gardens); November 11 - 14

Site 3: Ward 4 - Parkdale- High Park (Toronto Public Library - Parkdale Branch); November 18 - 2

Site 4: Ward 8 - Eglinton - Lawrence (Lawrence Heights Community Centre); November 25 - 28

Site 5: Ward 24 - Scarborough - Guildwood (2 Meadowglen Pl.); November 25 - 28

Site 6: Ward 13 - Toronto Centre (Equinix Data Centre); December 2 - 5

Site 7: Ward 21 - Scarborough Centre (Scarborough Civic Centre); December 2 - 5

The Elevator to You by Ian Keteku