The City of Orillia is seeking an artist to produce five works of art with specific themes to be reproduced onto flagpole banners and installed along the waterfront on Mississaga Street East/Centennial Drive, according to an announcement from the city on April 2.
All artists are welcome to participate in the competition, but preference will be given to local/regional artists. Artists are asked to submit a conceptual illustration or rendering based on the “Heritage” theme digitally or on 11 inch by 17 inch paper by April 12. The submission should also include a brief description of the artist including contact information along with three examples of past work that illustrate their artistic approach to the project. The illustrations will be voted on by a jury led by the Art in Public Places Committee between April 15 and 18 and the chosen artist will receive an honorarium of $1,500 in total for all five renderings.
“The Art in Public Places Committee is excited to be a part of this initiative, which will be its first project under the City of Orillia’s public art program,” said Stephanie Stanton, chair of the Art in Public Places Committee. “The Committee was struck in January 2019 and will be helping the City in its efforts to beautify its public spaces.”
The five themes that will be required are Heritage at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site, Culture at the Orillia Opera House, Lifestyle in Downtown Orillia, Recreation in the cycling area and History at the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site. The banners are expected to be installed in time for Canada Day celebrations this summer.
“This is a very exciting project that will help make the connection between Orillia’s historic downtown and beautiful waterfront more inviting for visitors and residents,” said Manager of Tourism Michael Ladouceur. “The 42 banners that will line the end of Mississaga Street and Centennial Drive, between Front Street and the Orillia Waterfront Centre, will create a bright and vibrant atmosphere that will highlight all that Orillia has to offer.”
For more information about the call for artists, click here.