Terms of Reference for Artists

Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Date: December 11, 2017
Deadline: January 29, 2018


Since opening in 1981, The Toronto Sculpture Garden (TSG) commissioned temporary artworks by over 80 artists, in a small City of Toronto park opposite St. James Cathedral on King Street east. Until 2014, it was operated as a partnership between the City of Toronto and the Louis L. Odette Family, benefactors who created the non-profit L.L.O. Sculpture Garden Foundation which funded and administered the exhibitions. Under the direction of Rina Greer, the TSG provided artists with the opportunity to work experimentally in public space, explore issues of scale and materials, and engage with the local community as well as visitors to the neighbourhood. For some, the expansion of their practice beyond the studio led to major public artworks elsewhere.

Now managed by the City of Toronto’s Arts & Culture Services (part of Economic Development & Culture), the TSG will host two projects per year, beginning with commissions for the spring and fall of 2018.

Project Description

The Toronto Sculpture Garden is located at 115 King St. east, just east of Church St., directly across the street from St. James Cathedral and between two of the oldest buildings in the city, dating from the 1840s. Although the historical aspect of the area is evident, artists are not required to incorporate this into their projects. The Sculpture Garden is an invitation to let the imagination roam and an opportunity to dream and experiment.

The park is approximately 80′ by 100′ (25m x 30m) and is open to the public between 8am and 11pm. With its proximity to King St. to the north and the St. Lawrence market neighbourhood to the south, the park serves a wide variety of users, from those who live and work in the area to visitors to the neighbourhood and the City, people of all ages, those seeking out art and those coming across it by accident. Artists are asked to create proposals within the space to the east of the central pathway (see plan below). From May to October, the park’s fountain along the eastern edge is functional.