Call for Artists: Public Artwork for Redeemer University

Redeemer University is seeking to engage artists interested in creating a public artwork for the university campus. The artist will be selected through a two-stage process involving, first, expressions of interest, and later, an in-depth interview.

Award and Costs: $50,000


  • July 15, 2021, 12:00 noon: expressions of interest due; dialogue opportunity with Redeemer and site visit can be arranged before then
  • July 30, 2021: shortlisted applicants notified, and interviews scheduled
  • August 22, 2021: Interviews completed and selected artist announced
  • October 15, 2021: Site specific proposal submitted
  • June-August 2022: art installation

Project Goal: To acquire a memorable and thoughtful public art installation that embodies a deep sense of Redeemer’s Reformed Christian mission and values, in a centralized community gathering space on campus.

Additional Artwork Criteria:

  • The artwork should not be simplistic or literal, but allow for symbolism, mystery and increased interpretation and appreciation over time.
  • The materials used must be durable and long lasting, with a reasonable maintenance plan and installation requirements.
  • The work need not be a “pedestal” type monument, but engage the surrounding space, and angles of approach.

About Redeemer:

For nearly 40 years, Redeemer University has stood out across Canada for its commitment to a Christian undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education that develops the whole person. Rooted in a Reformed, Biblical worldview, and including a diverse community representing over 50 Christian denominations, Redeemer seeks to answer the fundamental questions about where we fit in God’s story while also preparing students to engage society’s biggest challenges. A rigorous academic program with an interdisciplinary core is supported by a spiritually vibrant campus community. Together they explore the relationship of faith, learning, and service, which provides an enriching and transformative educational experience.

From its Hamilton, Ontario campus, Redeemer is preparing the next generation of Christian leaders to be kingdom-centred innovators who make a profound impact in a rapidly changing, complex, and digital world. Learn more at

Reference Documents:

The Cross and Our Calling
Learn. Forward. The 2025 Strategic Plan
Mission, Vision, Purpose, Statement of Basis and Principles

Site: The proposed site — a small clearing with surrounding trees — is at the confluence of several walking paths in front of the new residence and learning facility.

Award details:

The successful artist will be awarded $50,000 (excluding HST) for the fabrication and delivery to the site of their work as per the following payment schedule:

  1. $6,000 when contract signed to begin research and concept development
  2. $6,000 upon the successful artist’s provision of the detailed proposal as required by and to the satisfaction of President’s Council
  3. $12,000 when the work is approximately 40% complete.
  4. $12,000 when the work is approximately 80% complete.
  5. $14,000 upon delivery to the site and installation.


Redeemer employees are not eligible to submit proposals to this call.

Artists under 18 years of age must have their parent or legal guardian sign all required documents on their behalf.

Selection Process:

STAGE 1: Expressions of Interest

Professional artists are invited to respond to this EOI by submitting a single pdf document not exceeding 20 MB total size. This pdf document must be labeled with the name of the artist and project (Last Name First Name_ PublicArt) and include:

  • CV (three pages maximum; one for each team member, if applicable)
  • Brief artist statement outlining your interest in this project, showing relevant experience, ability, and general artistic approach. Do not include proposals at this stage.
  • Maximum ten (10) images of work, with captions, including title, materials, dimensions, location, and commissioning body (if applicable). Audio / Video files may be provided via URL.
  • Submission may include public art pieces, related sculptural works, and up to two images of previously proposed mock-ups of site-specific projects.
  • Names and contact information for two references (preferably from recent projects).

Submissions must be received by July 15, 2021, 12:00 noon EST.
Late submissions will not be accepted.

Email submissions to

STAGE 2: Interview

Shortlisted artists will proceed to an interview (interviews may be online). This interview, held with the selection committee, will allow the artist to explain their artistic approach in greater detail and discuss possible themes and approaches to material; it will also allow for both committee and artist to discern the fittedness for this project. The committee will choose a finalist whose vision for the site best suits the overall scope and intent of this project, and has the ability or perceived ability to conceive and realize a public artwork on this site.

Remaining process:

The selected artist will then enter the award phase (see Award Details above). The research phase (step 1) will include visiting the site and coming to a greater understanding of the community and context. A Terms of Reference document will be provided to the selected artist, with detailed information required to prepare and submit their full proposals. The proposal will first undergo a technical review, in order to assess for safety and maintenance concerns.The artist will receive technical feedback notes and have time to incorporate changes into their proposals, if necessary. Proposals need to meet all technical criteria and be approved (step 2) before being accepted to the production phase (steps 3-5).