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 no current Public Consultations
Current Calls for Artists
There are no current open calls.
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- Public Art Call for Artists
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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.
Churchill Park Public Art ProjectThe City of Hamilton is currently undertaking a public art process to commission a permanent public art work(s) to be located along a new path in the western section of Churchill Park, also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens Teaching Garden. Artists were asked to propose art works that speak to themes related to Human Rights and the legacy of great humanitarians such as Raoul Wallenberg. Six proposals have been shortlisted and a citizen jury will meet shortly to review public comments and select the final proposal. It is anticipated that the the winning proposal will be announced in Spring 2019.
King William Street Public Art ProjectThe City has re-initiated a public art process to select a large scale art work(s) for installation along King William Street between James Street North and Ferguson Avenue North. A Focus Group was held February 26, 2019 to re-define goals and themes for this project. To review the Focus Group Report and learn more about this project, please visit the project webpage. A Call to Artists will be issued in the Spring of 2019.
West Harbour – James Street Plaza Public Art ProjectThe 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, at the foot of James Street North. A focus group was held on March 12, 2019 to determine goals and themes that artists will be asked to address in their submissions to this competition.
Please visit www.hamiltonwaterfront.com/public-art to review the Focus Group report and share any comments or concerns by April 22, 2019.
Utility Box Wraps Public Art ProjectThe City of Hamilton is currently undertaking a public art process to commission temporary public art work(s) to be installed on City-owned traffic signal and electrical cabinets in the Downtown Hamilton Community Improvement Project Area (DHCIPA). A Focus Group was held April 3, 2019 to define a goal and themes for this project. To review the Focus Group Report and learn more about this project, please visit the project webpage. A Call to Artists will be issued in the Summer of 2019.
Additional current projects
- 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.
Recently completed projects
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.
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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
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