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Call for Sculpture Artists – applications due June 25th

Deadline Friday June 25, 2021

Project:  The Paths that Connect Us

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiatives Project

Outdoor engaging spaces that promote art, engagement, and connection on the grounds of the Elora Centre for the Arts.

The Government of Canada and Community Foundations of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative Project has selected the Elora Centre for the Arts ‘Paths that Connect Us’ outdoor project application!   The Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) is planning to transform their 2-acre greenspace into a vibrant gathering space that encourages community connection and creativity, celebrating the paths that connect us – to each other, to nature, and to our neighbourhoods.

‘The Paths that Connect Us’ project at the Elora Centre for the Arts will include an accessible walking pathway around the perimeter of their yard, with engaging outdoor art, picnic tables, benches and bicycle parking.  It also includes an artist- made trail map installation that will highlight the biking & rolling trails that connect our neighbourhoods, in partnership with local community group Green Lanes.  It will also identify points of interest within walking distance of downtown Elora to encourage walking and biking.

The project will include an outdoor art gallery pathway, showcasing sculptures, murals, and rotating outdoor art.   The project includes the permanent installation of 2 outdoor sculptures – we are looking for submissions!

The Call:

  • The project includes the installation of 2 permanent sculpture pieces within the outdoor gallery and pathway.
  • Sculpture submissions must fall into the theme of “connection.”  This broad thematic could include (but not limited to) our connection with each other, nature/environment and/or the spiritual.  The piece can explore or examine why connection is vital for humans, animals and our planet.
  • The selected sculptures will be purchased for $2500 each.


  • Minimum height: 3 ft   Maximum height: 8 ft (exceptions can be made on heights that are greater)
  • Maximum width: 6 ft
  • Sculpture submissions can exist within your collection (as long as they are within the theme) or they can be custom made for the project.
  • Each artist can submit up to 2 sculpture proposals.
  • The sculpture should not pose a risk of injury to the public (i.e., no sharp points, or trip hazards) and must be robust enough to withstand outdoor installation in all weather conditions.

Submission Requirements:

  • Please provide a sketch or photo of your submission, with details of dimensions and materials
  • Please provide installation requirements (single post, concrete slab, etc.). ECFTA will cover the cost of installing the proper base for the sculptures selected.
  • Please provide the name of the sculpture, with a brief description how it fits within the theme of “connection.”
  • Please provide a brief artist bio
  • Submit all information within one email, with appropriate attachments to Lianne Carter director@ecfta.ca


  • Submission deadline: Friday June 25, 2021
  • Selection of artists/ announcement: week of June 28, 2021
  • Installation of sculpture: week of September 6, 2021 (please note if extra time is required to create your sculpture, an extension to Spring 2022 for installation can be considered)

To print a summary of this call for artists, please click here.

To read the press release for more details about the Healthy Communities Initiative and the ‘Paths that Connect Us’ project please click here.

Conceptual artist sketches of ‘The Paths that Connect Us’ project at the Elora Centre for the Arts:







Conceptual artist sketches by youth artist Alura Southerland.