Public Art Program

The Town’s Public Art Program is administered by the Parks Recreation and Culture department and aims to enrich the lives of Collingwood residents and visitors by enhancing public spaces, fostering cultural identify and pride, promoting creativity, and encouraging dialogue among citizens.

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Call to Artists:

The Town of Collingwood offers a free art hanging space in Council Chambers to display local artist’s original work. Collective or joint submissions from a minimum of 2 artists are preferred. Preference is given to Collingwood artists. There is no participation or commission fee. For details, see the attachments file at the bottom of this screen of contact artsandculture@collingwood.ca

 

Current and Recent Projects:

Mural Slam 2017: Cindy Kennedy and David Robinson took on the challenge of painting two 8 foot murals in a day! The new murals will be displayed at “Walk the 400” Gallery, a temporary art wall along the waterfront promenade.
 
 
 
 
Bicycle Racks on Heritage Drive trail: In October 2016, the Town issued a call to artists with a twist. Local citizens were asked to submit designs that could be used as "cut-outs" for new steel bicycle racks to be installed along Heritage Drive trail to Millennium Park. The contest asked for designs reflective of Collingwood's shipyards heritage or other natural heritage features. The selected designs were by Libby Mourant, Pauline Jennett, Shayna Donovan, Eleanor Burke and Ken Newton. The new bicycle racks were installed in June, 2017. 
The winning artists with one of 5 new bike racks along Heritage Drive trail. Missing is Shayna Donovan whose design is featured on the bike rack above. Photo: Dave West Photography
 
Public Art at Sunset Park: Healthy Kids Community Challenge in partnership with the Parks, Recreation and Culture department commissioned Bradley Bremner to design and fabricate a public art bench for the entrance of Enviro Park at Sunset Point.  In May 2017 the bench was positioned adjacent to a new outdoor water bottle refill station to create an artistic, inviting and restful seating area and highlight the importance of water in supporting healthy communities. Bradley is pictured with the bench below. 
 
Photo: Dave West Photography
 
Collingwood is celebrating Canada: On Family Day and Canada Day the public was invited to contribute their own creative flair to one of 150+ pieces of a community mural project in honour of Canada's big birthday. Each painter was given a wooden piece of the mural to embellish and were asked to think about our community, culture, people, stories or natural surroundings.  “The pieces will form a maple leaf, the same way that communities and cultures collectively form the fabric of Canada,” describes mural designer Shane Durnford. The wooden pieces were cut and painted by student of Collingwood Collegiate Institute.  The final mural will be unveiled in the fall of 2017. 
 
 
Mayor Cooper paints the clock tower pieces of the mural on Canada Day as those who contributed their artistic skills to the mural gather with their piece. Photo: Julie Card
 
Mural Slam 2016:  Tava Gray & Blaze Wiradharma unleashed colour, shape, design and talent on a grand scale at the Collingwood Art Crawl on September 24. The new murals along with “Beehave” were the first works displayed in the new “Walk the 400 Gallery”, a temporary art space at the waterfront promenade, to showcase local artists, promote creativity and enhance our beautiful waterfront. 

          

Art at Riverside Park: The Town commissioned a series of individually engraved panels depicting local plant life, insects and birds for Riverside Park. Artist Myles Calvert is pictured below installing his artwork Spring 2016. 

  

Labyrinth Sculpture: During the Summer Solstice in June 2016, a specially designed sculpture by well known local artist John McCaffrey, was unveiled at the Labyrinth at Harbourview Park. The prehistoric turtle, dubbed “Florence” is made with recycled and new mild steel and has a location for a geocache in the stone that the turtle's foot rests on.

Public Art Benches: As a result of a call to artists, artist Stephen Hogbin was selected to create two public art benches for the new boardwalk at Harbourview Park. The benches were installed on June 23, 2015.

  

Centennial Aquatic Centre Mural: In 2014 , the Town of Collingwood commissioned a mural for the lobby of the new Centennial Aquatics Centre. Rogue Goat artists Josh and Allison Hill are pictured below (standing left), completed the mural with input from local youth.

 

Environment Network Completes Mural: Kids in the Environment Network summer day camp had a unique canvas to paint on this summer, a storage container at Sunset Point Park. The Town commissioned artist Allison Hill to create a template for the mural based on the camp's themes, which the campers filled in over the summer.

Environment Network campers and counsellors in front of the complete mural at Sunset Point Park. Photo: Dave West

Side Launch mural re-installation: After spending the last two years in storage, the Side Launch Mural has once again found a home in downtown Collingwood. On October 2, 2014 Mayor Cooper, members of Council, and supporters gathered at the south west corner of First Street and Hurontario Street to celebrate the installation of Side Launch on the Loblaw Great Foods building. Fuhre Construction installed the mural and artists Allan Bender and John Nobrega of Blinc Studios completed the restoration.

Mayor Sandra Cooper joined by Mario Fatica, Vice President of Planning and Development at Loblaw Properties Limited and Nic Witriak, Store Manager

 

Public Art Map


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Public Art Policy_June 2011.pdf42.94 KB
Call for Entry_Art in Town Hall.pdf490.79 KB