Culture

Public Art

The City of Hamilton is committed to working with artists, businesses and citizens in the ongoing development and implementation of public art projects to enhance our sense of community and public places across the City. Public Art staff support processes of commissioning or acquiring art for installation in public places – including: publicly commissioned art; donated art; community art; temporary art; integrated art; and privately commissioned art in public places.

Calls for Artists to create publicly commissioned art are issued throughout the year, and citizens are invited to contribute through public consultation. Please see the Art in Public Places Policy for an outline of these processes as well as key priorities and guiding principles for art in public places for the City of Hamilton.

The following policies, programs and guidelines provide more detail on art in public places processes:

  • Community Art Toolkit (in development)
  • Placemaking Grant Pilot Program (in development)

Public Consultations

There are currently no public consultations

Calls for Artists

There are currently no open calls for artists 

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Sign up for the Hamilton Public Art Connection email list to find out about:

  • Public Art Call for Artists
  • Public Art consultation events
  • Winning artists
  • Public Art celebrations of new installations and other related events

Public Art Locations in Hamilton

Public Art and Monuments

Since 2016, the City of Hamilton has installed more than 35 artworks that range from murals to sculptures and works integrated into local streetscapes. 
View the Public Art Collection Map

Utility Box Wraps

In October 2019, the City of Hamilton installed 37 temporary commissioned artworks as vinyl wraps on traffic signal and electrical boxes throughout downtown Hamilton. These artworks range in style and original medium and are largely that of emerging artists.
View the Utility Box Wrap Public Art Map

Current projects

Supporting Healthcare: Traffic Signal Box Wraps Public Art Project
Images of traffic boxesThe City of Hamilton has completed a Public Art process to commission temporary public art to be installed on City-owned traffic signal cabinets around major healthcare facilities in the City. The volunteer citizenjury has selected fifteen (15) winning proposals. Visit the Supporting Healthcare: Traffic Signal Box Wraps Public Art Project to read the Jury Report. Completion of installation is anticipated in Spring of 2021.

Century Street Parkette Public Art Project
Century Street Parkette Public Art Project PanoramaThe City of Hamilton is currently undertaking a public art process to commission a permanent public art work(s) to be located within Century Street Parkette (bordered by Wentworth St N, Wilson St N, and Century St.). A series of virtual focus group discussions were held with community stakeholders, artists and subject matter experts through the months of May and June, 2020. Visit the Century Street Parkette Public Art Project Page to read an outline of the results of the Focus Group, and provide your feedback by July 17, 2020.

King William Street Beacon and Gate Public Art Project

The City of Hamilton has completed a Public Art process to commission a permanent public art work to be located at the corner of King William Street and James Street North. The volunteer citizen jury has selected the work Wood Gate by Team Make as the winning proposal. Visit the King William Street Beacon and Gate Public Art Project Page to read the Jury Report. Installation is anticipated for the summer of 2021.

Waterdown Memorial Park Public Art Project
Waterdown Memorial Park
The City of Hamilton has completed a Public Art process to comission a permanent public art work(s) for Waterdown Memorial Park.  It was determined through this process that the project not go forward.

For more information and to review the Jury report, visit www.hamilton.ca/waterdownmemorialparkart

West Harbour – James Street Plaza Public Art Project
Waterfront Public Art project
The City of Hamilton has contracted the Hamilton Waterfront Trust to undertake a Public Art Competition to enhance the new West Harbour James Street Plaza as part of the development on Hamilton Waterfront Piers 5,6, and 7 at the foot of James Street North.  

For more information and to download the Call for Artists documents, visit www.hamiltonwaterfront.com/public-art.

Churchill Park Public Art Project
Collection of images of Churchill ParkThe City of Hamilton has completed a Public Art process to commission permanent public art works to be located along a new path in the western section of Churchill Park, also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens Teaching Garden. The volunteer citizen jury has selected the work "be:longings" by Gary Barwin, Simon Frank and Tor Lukasik-Foss as the winning proposal. Visit the project page to read the Churchill Park Public Art Jury Report. Installation is expected in the fall of 2019, pending the completion of the new pathway.

Dundas Driving Park Public Art Project Phase 2

  • The project has been awarded to Paul Slipper and Mary Ann Liu for their work “The Big Bounce"
  • A jury report outlining the jury’s decision is available on the project page
  • The work will be installed in 2019

Gore Park Beacon Public Art Project
The commission has been awarded to Dave Kuruc for his proposal “Music City Markers”. The first of the two beacon features displaying the work was installed in the fall of 2017.  The second beacon is expected to be installed in 2019.

Utility Box Wraps Public Art Project
The City of Hamilton has completed a Public Art process to commission temporary public art to be installed on City-owned traffic signal cabinets in the Downtown Hamilton Community Improvement Project Area (DHCIPA). The volunteer citizen jury has selected thirty-three (33) winning proposals. Installation was completed in October 2019. For winners and more information, please visit the project pages: 

James Street South Mural Public Art Project
The winning art work was "Gateway" by Vivian Rosas & Vesna Asanovic. The mural has been installed on an exterior wall on James Street South, across from the Hamilton GO Centre.

Tim Hortons Stadium Plaza Public Art Project
The Public Art Project for Tim Horton’s Stadium Plaza has been cancelled due to lack of funding. The funding originally allocated to the project in the stadium budget was needed to cover other items required by the recent settlement of construction issues with the contractor, province and Tiger Cats. We hope to revisit public art for this site in the coming years. We thank the focus group for their time and expertise.

Hamilton Farmers' Market Public Art Project
David Hind’s winning proposal "Raising the Barn" has been installed outside of the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on York Boulevard.

Ancaster Fieldcote Walkway Public Art Project
The winning art work was “Landmark” by artist Simon Frank.  The piece has been installed on the Ancaster Fieldcote Walkway.

King William Art Walk Banners and Benches
The King William Art Walk includes a temporary installation of visual banners by The Arts Council I am an Artist Project, installed in 2017, and permanent public art benches.

West Harbour (James St. North) GO Station Public Art Project
The winning art work was “Bead Maze” by Laura Marotta.This public art project was initiated by, and is partly funded by, Metrolinx. 

Carter Park Mural Public Art Project
Bryce Huffman’s winning proposal for the “Carter Park Mural” has been installed in the park.

Battlefield Park Public Art Project
Eagles Among Us by David M. General has been installed at Battlefield Park.

Dundas Driving Park Public Art Project Phase 1 
Racing Carousel by Leslie Drysdale and Sandor Monos has been installed in the park.

Harry Howell (North Wentworth) Arena Public Art Project
Andres Correa's work Growing Together has been installed.

Locke Street Public Art Project
Artist Simon Frank's proposal was awarded the public art commission for this work entitled Concrete Poetry for Locke Street South. The installation is now complete.

Central Services Police Station Public Art Project
Artist Yvonne Felix's work Umbra is installed in the front courtyard of Police Services Central station, 155 King Street West.

James Street North Public Art Project
The James Street North public art commission consists of three installations:

  • Vesna Jocic and Nicko Elliot's Roll Out the Rail Carpet, is installed at the corner of James Street North and Murray Street;
  • Timeline Siteline, by Peter Osborne and Sean Solowski is installed at the corner of James Street North and Cannon;
  • Adesso ne by Yvonne Felix, with Adam Staniland and Jesse Staniland is on both sides of the street at James Street North and Mulberry.

Contact us

For general inquiries: 
Email: [email protected]

Ken Coit - Manager
Placemaking, Public Art & Projects
Tourism & Culture Division,
City of Hamilton
28 James Street North, 2nd Floor
Phone 905-546-2424 ext. 6281
Email [email protected]

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