Ends on August 28, 2017

OPEN CALL: Ontario Place is seeking proposals from Ontario residents for illuminated sculptures that project light, shape light, transmit light, reflect light and/or contain light. Applicants are encouraged to explore and combine unconventional materials and methods that respond to light in different ways, ensuring the piece is visually successful during the day and night in our outdoor winter environment. The Winter Light Exhibition will celebrate the innovative and creative legacy of Ontario Place through the successful proposals received from across Ontario. Proposals will be considered for the Winter Light Exhibition that will run from December 2017 to March 2018 throughout the 15-acre West Island, Ontario Place; located at 955 Lakeshore Blvd, Toronto, ON. This exhibition will generate and continue to build both interest, and awareness, of Ontario Place as a free public space.

Curatorial Theme – Winter Light: Throughout the winter season, Ontario Place is a landscape of brisk wind, extreme temperature and intricate ice sculptures crafted by Mother Nature herself. Utilizing creativity, innovation, light and discovery, reators from all artistic streams are invited to submit new or pre-existing pieces that meet the curatorial theme and keywords. Evaluations will be made based on artistic merit, experience, viability and consistency with the curatorial theme.

Keywords: Winter, Innovation, Ontario, Light, Design, Resilient, Future, Culture, Discovery

Project Timeline
Submission Period Start:    July 14, 2017, 12:01AM EST
Submission Period End:     August 28, 2017 at Midnight EST

Interview Period                 September 11, 2017 to 15 September 2017

Awarded by:                       September 22, 2017
Installation Timeline           November 2017 (exact installation dates will be assigned)
Exhibit Dates:                     December 4, 2017 to March 30, 2018

Applicants are invited to visit the site from July 19 to August 20, Schedule your visit at winter@ontarioplace.com. Photos will be provided for those who cannot make it to the site during the submission process.


Relevant Budget Information
A proposal may receive up to a maximum of $5000 CAD including HST. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere. Applicants will require OPC approval for all corporate branding requests for inclusion as part of a proposed piece.

Please note that this is a maximum amount and will be defined according to:

  • line item budget submission review;
  • scale and development stage;
  • the work involved in producing the project and/or installing the work; and
  • the work involved in maintaining the piece throughout the exhibition period;
  • Each applicant must provide OPC with all relevant engineering certificates, permits, etc. prior to final approval of the piece and receivership of funds.


What makes a good Ontario Place open call proposal?
We are looking for proposals that fit Ontario Place’s curatorial theme of creativity, culture, discovery and innovation.

  • Proposals must bring together design and light in a creative way and respond to the curatorial theme
  • A true connection to the theme is a must
  • Due to the geographical location of Ontario Place, proposals must reflect considerations to the environmental elements of winter and waterfront. Ontario Place can reach temperatures of extreme cold, high winds and sporadic inclement weather.
  • Successful proposals need not necessarily be monumental in scale, but should have a significant visual impact both during the day and at night
  • Proposals must ultimately meet safety standards, electrical codes and other reasonably feasible requirements for acceptance.


Exhibit Locations

Ontario Place has identified up to 14 locations for the exhibits. Applicants are invited to visit the site from July 17 to August 20, Schedule your visit at winter@ontarioplace.com. Photos will be provided for those who cannot make it to the site during the submission process.2018

  • Each applicant is encouraged to identify their top three preferred locations
  • OPC will provide location assignments after the pieces have been chosen; therefore, each applicant is encouraged to incorporate adaptive designs to deliver the final piece, regardless of location.


Submission Guidelines
You will be expected to provide:

  • Applicant Bio and current CV (examples of previous works)
  • Proposal/Project Description
  • Project Delivery and Installation plan:    
    This should include, but not limited to, contingency planning (production/build delays and weather, etc.), breakout of resources and labour required, installation timeline/tasks, winterization plan, maintenance that will be required for the piece throughout the exhibit period, removal plan, applicable permits the applicant will secure, engineering certifications required, etc.)
  • Project Budget: Proposals should present limited ongoing costs and maintenance requirements.
  • A Mock Up of Design (Images and specifications for the proposed piece)
  • Technical Requirements (ensure materials are suitable for outdoor winter weather, power, etc.)
  • The piece must also be accessible at all times of the day. Lighting and durability must therefore be considerations for all submissions.
  • Visual support material with Support Material List

Applicants who do not adhere to these criteria will be disregarded. Ontario Place reserves the right to engage specific artists should it be required to fulfill the deliverable outlined.

While we appreciate all those who apply, only successful applicants will be contacted. This project is a temporary exhibit to run from December 2017 until March 2018. Ontario Place will in no way own the piece post-exhibit unless otherwise discussed with the applicant directly.

Ask questions! If you are unsure about an aspect of your proposal, please use the comments section below and/or email winter@ontarioplace.com.

For media inquiries please contact Maverick Public Relations OntarioPlace@wearemaverick.com or (416) 371-3155

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