Public Art Call: Indigenous Art Project for the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University

Photo: Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

Call to Artists – Request for Qualifications

Download a PDF of the Request for Qualifications [165 KB]
Deadline: November 20, 2017, 5:00 pm EST
Budget: $35,000 CA

The Faculty of Law at Queen’s University invites Indigenous artists to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork for the Gowling WLG Atrium of the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. This is a two-stage competition that will be assessed by a committee. Interested Indigenous artists who may not have previous experience creating a public art commission are encouraged to consider mentorship and artistic collaborations with other artists.

The project is part of the Faculty of Law’s response to further the objectives of the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as the final report of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force. It is part of a greater initiative to increase the visibility of Indigenous art and culture and the recognition of Indigenous territory in spaces across the Queen’s University campus. The aim of this project is to create a welcoming space for Indigenous peoples in the Faculty of Law, and to help promote awareness around historical/contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous peoples and law.


The artwork will be installed for unveiling in the fall of 2018.

Public Art Vision

The atrium in the law school is a 4-story glassed in enclosure that is visible from all floors of the building as well as the street. This is a high traffic space, integral to the law school, as it provides the main entry point for the building. Public art for the atrium is to be created for installation from the ceiling, the main wall, or glass windows. Additional consideration can be given activating or situating the artwork for viewing from outside, especially at night.

The artwork should reflect aesthetics and/or concepts that have current/historical cultural significance to Indigenous peoples. The work should also address the relationship of Indigenous peoples to law, and should assist in creating a welcoming space in the faculty for Indigenous peoples: students, instructors, guests and community members.

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