Artists are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project, one of several projects to celebrate Toronto’s 2021 Year of Public Art on the theme Knowledge Sharing Across Communities.
StART Underpass Program (StART UP) transforms selected underpasses with enhanced lighting, improved sidewalks and walking conditions, pigeon proofing and the removal of weeds. Often, the installation of a mural or street art acts as the catalyst for these improvements. StART UP aims to transform several underpasses per year. The Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest pertains to the mural component of the program only.

StreetARToronto invites artists to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project, one of several projects to celebrate Toronto’s 2021 Year of Public Art on the theme Knowledge Sharing Across Communities. The goal of this Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) is to obtain a roster of artists, from which a group will be selected and compensated to create a detailed design concept for the Lansdowne Underpass Art Project.

StreetARToronto, together with members of the community who identify as Indigenous and Ward 14 (Toronto-Danforth) Councillor Paula Fletcher are collaborating to install a mural on the east and west sides of the underpass on Coxwell Avenue just north of Gerrard Street East. The goal of this project is to animate the underpass with murals representative of the local, historical indigenous perspective. The Coxwell Underpass is the fourth underpass in the East End Bridges to Art series to receive a mural.

In early 2020, artists who identify as Indigenous Persons were invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the project. The REOI and Art Call process is facilitated by Denise B. McLeod. Denise is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) who’s home territory is Sagamok Anishinabek First Nation on the north shores of Lake Huron.

Proposals by shortlisted artists Keitha Keeshig-Tobaias and Natalie King are being considered by the local Advisory Committee for implementation on the underpass. See a video presentation by each artist describing their design concept below, and share feedback. This survey will be live until 11:45 p.m., January 10, 2021.

One of the above concepts will be selected by the Advisory Committee to be implemented by the Artist and their mentees on the underpass in 2021 as a highlight of Toronto’s 2021 Year of Public Art.