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Call for Fort Chipewyan Creatives – Public Art Bench Program

Do you paint, draw or craft? Do you have a love for your community and an interest in sharing it in a creative way? This project might be for you! 

Public Art Wood Buffalo is inviting local Fort Chipewyan creatives to work with the community to inspire a design for a custom-made park bench. The goal is to have a bench design that is original, innovative and reflective of the entire community! 

Want to see your creation at the Lakefront Viewing Deck located at Anderson Street and Lucas Avenue? Learn more below or download the call for artists. For questions, contact Pulse at 780-743-7000 or toll free at 1-800-973-9663.

Once the design is complete, the creative can either fabricate the bench or the design can be sent out to be fabricated. A municipal representative will work with the artist every step of the way! The park bench design will be duplicated creating a “sister” bench. One (1) bench will remain in Fort Chipewyan at the Lakefront Viewing Deck located at Anderson Street and Lucas Avenue. The “sister” bench will be installed in a park in Fort McMurray.   

Artist Fee

Public Art Wood Buffalo aligns with the Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC) rates and will offer $600 for 4 hours of community consultation. Another $600 will be awarded to develop three designs for the community to select from. 

A budget will be determined to fabricate the benches based on desired materials and capacity of the artist.  

Book a Meeting to Learn More

Book a meeting during the week of April 14-17, 2023 with Donna Aubichon, Arts Council, Indigenous Rural Liaison and a Municipal Representative to review the selection process and submission requirements.

Email public.art@rmwb.ca on or before April 14, 2023 to book.

Submission Package Requirements

Submit your expression of interest in the form of a letter or email that includes the following:

  • Experience
  • Description of previous work
  • Contact information (phone number, email address)
  • Resume / CV (optional)
  • Photo representation of previous work


Submit your package by Thursday, May 18, 2023 in person at: Arts Council Fort Chipewyan Office, Archie Simpson Arena, 132 Cardinal Avenue or via email by 11:59 p.m. (MST) at public.art@rmwb.ca.   

We thank all applicants for their interest and submissions to this call. Only qualifying applicants will be contacted.