Public Art

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 identity and pride, promoting creativity, and encouraging dialogue among citizens. 

Current Call to Artists Opportunities

Call To Artists: Art on the Greens for Mayor’s Golf Challenge Cup Art Exhibition 

The Town of Collingwood is seeking artists to submit images for a one-day art exhibition to take place at the 2024 Mayor’s Golf Challenge Cup. 

The goal of this exhibition is to celebrate and showcase the diverse talent of local and regional artists by displaying images of their works at each tee-off green as part of the Mayor’s Golf Challenge.  Artists will be offered an honorarium for their work selected. Art on the Greens Entry Guidelines (please find entry form below) 

Deadline: Monday, May 20th, 2024, 4:00 pm 

•    Images of original artwork are acceptable, including but not limited to photographs; digital artwork; paintings; illustrations; collage and printmaking.
•    All artworks must be original and created by the artist submitting the entry.
•    Images must be high resolution and a minimum of 2 MB to maintain quality when enlarged.
•    Words, letters and numbers may be included if they relate to the submitted artwork.
•    Artists may submit up to 2 (different) entries.
•    Images must be labeled and identified by the artist’s name and title of the work.

Artists retain sole copyright of their artwork. The Town of Collingwood may use the images for promotional purposes. 

The artist(s) will be selected through a one-stage process by a Selection Committee comprised of Town Staff members. Applications will be evaluated based on but not limited to artistic merit and originality. 
All inquiries regarding this project may be directed to Amanda Henry, Coordinator, Arts and Culture at artsandculture@collingwood.ca or 705-441-6088. 

Application Form

Collingwood’s newest public art installation, Dare to Dream, by artist W.W. Hung has landed in Tremont Square!

This dynamic installation features the cast of a hand-sculpted rhinoceros perched on top of a seven and a half foot tall, stainless-steel arc.  The rhinoceros, a symbol representing the LGBTQ2S+ community first used in 1974, is poised on its hind legs as if about to take flight with the help of eight painted aluminum balloons attached to its back.  The bowed shape of the stainless-steel arc underneath the cast rhino suggests the curve of a rainbow while the balloons “lifting” up the rhinoceros are brightly adorned in the colours of the original rainbow Pride flag from 1978.

Dare to Dream is meant to captivate viewers and encourage exploration and conversation.  With its uniqueness and whimsicality, this artwork invites all who see it to engage in discussions about belonging, being oneself and making space for everyone in our community to do the same.

Commissioned by the Town of Collingwood to represent and celebrate the LGBTQ2S+ community, this public art piece will be officially introduced at a dedication ceremony Thursday, December 8th, 2022, 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  All are welcome.