Public Art Conservation Update
The original Centre Street Bridge Lion that sits at the entrance to the municipal building received some preventive maintenance work this summer. The Public Art Program Contract Conservator and a Conservation Technician worked to clean the sculpture and stabilize and fill its cracks. The repairs will help prevent water from entering the sculpture and causing further freeze-thaw damage in the winter months. The Lion even received a bit of dental work: the conservators cast a new tooth to replace his missing upper incisor!

Public Engagement has started on International Avenue. 

As part of the BRT MAX Purple project, The City committed to an investment in public art along International Avenue. 

The City is providing up to six opportunities for artists or artist teams with ties to the area to work along International Avenue. Engagement involves first determining the best locations for site-specific art installations along International Avenue. 

While the artist selection process is underway, we are asking citizens to provide input on which locations they'd like to see art from a list of potential locations created by community members who live and work in the International Avenue area.

For more information, please click here

Calgary Chinatown Residency in Partnership with The New Gallery

Call for Submissions is now open. 

The Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency is an opportunity for professional artists to be embedded in Calgary Chinatown. The artists will explore its rich history and culture. They will also engage the community as they envision the future of the area. This residency aims to support contemporary art practices and facilitate conversation with the Calgary Chinatown community.

For more information, click here

Update: Elbow Island Park Public Art

In collaboration with UEP's Fish Compensation Program which involves fish habitat restoration and flood mitigation work in Elbow Island Park, several permanent, functional artworks will be installed and built into existing park infrastructure:
  • The stairs leading down to the island will be renovated to become a sculptural entry-point.
  • Broadened trails will guide visitors to artistic stepping stones, creating a rock ford over a secondary channel of water. 
  • Three benches designed by three artist teams will be installed on the pathway encircling the island.
Construction of these public art works is scheduled to begin on September 20, 2019.
Public Art Policy Review: A New Direction

In March 2019, council approved a new direction with five focus areas.


Money set aside from capital project budgets will be pooled in one public art account, instead of assigning an art piece to a specific capital project, as was done previously.

Contracts and Purchasing

We’ve hosted working group sessions with Calgary-based artists to better understand the challenges and opportunities of our commissioning process. Further information will be available in our Public Art newsletter.


The Public Art Board supported Council’s decision to suspend the Board’s Terms of Reference and dissolve the Board until Administration reports back with a new strategy in Q1 2020.

Communications and Engagement

We are continuing to pilot a variety of ways to communicate public art program information with a variety of audiences. Proactive communication tactics continue to guide our communications and engagement strategy.  

Partnerships and Private Investment

We are working with industry partners and private companies to find new ways of working together.

Click here to learn more about the Public Art Program's New Direction. 
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