Public Art

Current calls for artists and consultations

The City of Hamilton commissions artists to create works of public art as outlined in the Public Art Master Plan. Public consultation events occur and Call for Artists are issued throughout the year. Public art staff also advise on art in the public realm throughout the city.

There are currently no open calls.

Join our mailing list

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

Hamilton's Public Art Collection

The City’s Public Art Collection can be viewed online through the mobile-friendly Public Art Collection Map.

As of November 2016, the Public Art Collection included over 30 installations across the city owned and maintained by the City of Hamilton. These artworks range from murals to sculptures and works integrated into local streetscapes.

Sculptures - Rafaga Unleashed and Dressmakers Mannequin


Current projects

Hamilton Farmers' Market Public Art Project

This project has been awarded to artist David Hind for his proposal "Raising the Barn".Join us to celebrate the installation of this work, July 14th. Visit the project page for more information.

Gore Park Beacon Public Art Project

Image banner of Gore Park over the years

Visit the project page for the Call for Artists.

James Street South Mural Public Art Project

Image of James Street South Sidewalk, wall painted mural, a residence, and Go trainBanner photo credits (left to right):  Kim-Kiu Ho, Ryan McGreal, Tom Flemming, Rick Cordiero, Swire Chin

The City of Hamilton will be undertaking a public art competition to replace the existing mural located on west side of James Street South across from the GO (former TH&B) Station. The focus group report outlining the themes and goals to be addressed in the Call for Artists. Visit the James Street South Mural Public Art Project page for more details.

Tim Hortons Stadium Plaza Public Art Project

Image of Tim Hortons Stadium plaza

The focus group report outlining the characteristics of the site and surrounding community to be addressed in the Call for Artists is available on the project page.

The Call for Artists will be available Winter 2017

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 2017

Ancaster Fieldcote Walkway Public Art Project

  • The project has been awarded to Simon Frank for his work “Landmark”
  • A jury report outlining the jury’s decision is available on the project page
  • It is expected that the work will be installed in the fall of 2016

King William Art Walk Public Art Project
A focus group was held on November 10, 2014 to define the goals and themes for this project. To review the Focus Group Report and learn more about this project, please visit the project webpage.

King William Art Walk Banners and Benches

The King William Art Walk includes a temporary installation of visual arts banners by The Red Tree Artists' Collective, installed in 2016, and permanent public art benches. Please select the link above for more information.

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” was installed in June.

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.

Committee and Council reports and presentations

Contact us

For general inquiries: 

Ken Coit
Program Manager Public Art and Projects
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6281