The City of Cornwall is looking for local artists and residents to help brighten up community neighbourhoods.

Your artwork could be on a banner, in a mural, or on a sea-can!

Applications are now closed for the opportunities below. We can't wait to showcase artists' work this summer!

 Business District Banners

Calling all artists! Help the City of Cornwall add some fresh colour to key areas of the community through our public banner program. These canvas banners will be on display for a minimum of three years.

Banners will be used to highlight the local arts community, while showcasing select themes that represent Cornwall. Themes that may be represented include:

  • shopping,
  • dinning,
  • professionals/work,
  • the arts,
  • culture/diversity,
  • history,
  • entertainment/music,
  • education/language

The overall theme will focus on Cornwall love, local love and I <3 Cornwall. 

Selection Process: Selection will be based on artists skills, style and how they plan to represent themes in their work. Applicants will be judged by a small selection group made up of city staff and community members. Only selected applicants will be notified and may be awarded one or multiple banners.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday, June 1, 2021 and will produce the banner(s) awarded to them by Monday, June 7, 2021.  The city plans to have these banners on display by July 2021.

Honourarium: Artists will be paid $500 per banner used in the final project.

 Two Pop-Up Shop Containers

plain gray seacan container with white doorThe City of Cornwall is expanding the Pop-Up Shop program this summer in partnership with our friends at experienCity! We need your help to paint the two new sea-cans. Artists, community groups, and residents are encouraged to apply!

Project Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 8 feet by 10 feet by 10 feet aluminum cube with a 8 feet by 8 feet garage door on one side.  Design should cover 4 sides, including the garage door. 
  • Materials: Industrial acrylic primer will cover the 4 sides of the container.  Artist will be provided with acrylic paints, spray paint, brushes, sponges, etc. as required by the awarded design.
  • Location: Cornwall Square Pop-Up Parkette. 
  • Theme: No specific theme but we are looking for a design to promote Cornwall, vibrancy, community, nature, and offers a unique photo opportunity.  Your design does not need to match any of the existing Pop-Up shops. 

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Selection Process: Selection process will be based on artists skills, style and how they plan to represent themes in their work.  Corporate branding will not be accepted.  Successful applicants will be notified on Thursday, June 3, 2021 and will have 1 week to finalize their designs and confirm materials.

Project Completion: This project must be completed by Wednesday, June 23, 2021 assuming COVID-19 regulations and weather permit.

Honourarium: Artist or group will be paid $750 per container.

 Seniors on Wheels Container

plain gray seacan container with white doorThe City of Cornwall's Senior-Friendly Community Committee has launched a new Seniors on Wheels program and we need your help to paint the bike’s new home. Artists, community groups, and residents are encouraged to apply!

Project Specifications:

  • Dimensions:
    • door/back sides: 8 feet wide by 8 feet high
    • right side: 12 feet wide by 8.5 feet high
    • left side: not accessible or visible
    • door: 6 feet by 6.5 feet
    • Design should cover 3 sides, including the garage door
  • Materials: Industrial acrylic primer will cover the 4 sides of the container.  Artist will be provided with acrylic paints, spray paint, brushes, sponges, etc. as required by the awarded design.
  • Location: Cornwall Marina 200. 
  • Theme: Inter-generational community, cycling, river and ecosystems, vibrancy, and partnership.   The final design will need to include or leave space for the Senior Friendly Community’s new logo on the garage door. Your design does not need to match any of the existing Pop-Up shops or the bike rental storage container.  Note: Avoid using the trishaw bike in your design as the bike structure may change over time.

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Selection Process: Selection process will be based on artists skills, style and how they plan to represent themes in their work.  Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Cornwall Senior Friendly Committee.  Successful applicants will be notified by Thursday, June 3, 2021.  Applicants will have 1 week to finalize their designs with the Senior Friendly Committee and confirm materials.

Project Completion:  This project must be completed by Wednesday, June 23, 2021, assuming COVID-19 regulations and weather permit.

Honourarium: Artist or group will be paid $750 for the container.

 Mural at the Cornwall Community Museum

older concrete wall behind red brick buildingThe City of Cornwall and the Cornwall Community Museum are inviting artists or artist groups to apply to design a new mural for the river tunnel entrance to the museum in Lamoureux Park. 

Project Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 38 feet wide, centre height is 8.25 feet tapering to narrow edges are 2.5 feet.
  • Materials: Industrial acrylic primer will cover the wall in advance.  Artist will be provided with acrylic paints, spray paint, brushes, sponges, etc. as required by the awarded design.
  • Location: Riverfront entrance to basement of Cornwall Museum, in Lamoureux Park. 

Design Criteria:

The design should present the historical period of early settlement (1784-1820) and must include elements representing the following groups/events:

  • The Mohawks of St-Regis,
  • The “bateaux” people (French-Canadians) that made the journey here possible,
  • The Slaves that came with the Loyalists,
  • Loyalists Sir. John Johnson, the colours of the 2nd Battalion of the King’s Royal Regiment of New-York, and late period imagery of Loyalist wives and families, and
  • Those who fought in the War of 1812. Could include ex-slave John Baker in his uniform which will become part of a new museum exhibit.

The design should inspire curiosity and encourage viewers to visit the museum to learn more about Cornwall and regional history. The design should not include words or text, but instead capture through images and symbolism. It can include a directional element leading towards the front entrance of the museum, but this is not necessary.

To better understand this period of history before applying, artists are encouraged to contact the Cornwall Community Museum at cornwallhistory@outlook.com.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Selection Process: Selection process will be based on artists skills, style and how they plan to represent themes in their work.  Submissions will be reviewed by City staff and members of the Cornwall Community Museum.  Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, June 7, 2021.  Applicants will have 1 week to finalize their designs and confirm materials.

Project Completion:  This project must be completed by Sunday, June 27, 2021, assuming COVID-19 regulations and weather permit.

Honourarium: Artist or group will be paid $750 for the mural.

 Diversity Cornwall Mural near the Clock Tower

low concrete wall in front of clock towerThe City of Cornwall is partnering with Diversity Cornwall to create a colourful mural in Lamoureux Park to reflect the diversity of our community.  All Cornwall, Akwesasne & SD&G 2SLGBTQAI+ community members and allies are encouraged to apply.

Project Specifications:

  • Dimensions: about 85 feet wide and 3.5 feet high, plus 8 stairs on either side.  Artists encouraged to visit to understand architectural elements of the old water fountains. The cement wall is located to the south of the Clock Tower.
  • Materials: Industrial acrylic primer will cover the wall in advance.  Artist will be provided with acrylic paints, spray paint, brushes, sponges, etc. as required by the awarded design.
  • Location: Lamoureux Park retaining wall near clock tower and stairs. 

Design Criteria:

Artists are encouraged to submit designs that are colourful, vibrant, inclusive, and unique.

The theme of the design should reflect Diversity Cornwall’s mission of fostering diversity, unity, and visibility. Diversity Cornwall uses public awareness and education about the 2SLGBTQ+ community as a way to increase acceptance and inclusion, and to fight discrimination.

Artists are encouraged to incorporate themes of social justice, anti racism, anti homophobia, anti transphobia, inclusivity and acceptance for all members of our community of Akwesasne, Cornwall and SD&G. Some examples of social justice themes that may be incorporated include but are no limited to themes of race, gender, age, language, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, education, mental or physical ability, and socioeconomic status.

Artists are encouraged to incorporate Diversity’s Cornwall’s logo into their design, and to include representation of various social and minority groups.

The design should not include historic events, words, or images of specific individuals. 

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Selection Process: Selection process will be based on artists skills, style and how they plan to represent the mural themes in their work.  Submissions will be reviewed by select members of Diversity Cornwall and City of Cornwall staff.  Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, June 7, 2021.  Applicants will have 1 week to finalize their designs with Diversity Cornwall and confirm materials.

Project Completion:  This project must be completed by Sunday, June 27, assuming COVID-19 regulations and weather permit.

Honourarium: Artist or group will be paid $1000 for the mural.

Conditions

All commissioned artwork for the above project will be considered temporary and will be evaluated annually as to their status. If artwork or banners become too worn, vandalized, or no longer meet the aesthetic approval of the City of Cornwall standards, they will be removed. The artist will be notified before their removal.

The selected artists will be paid in full to complete the design. The selected artists will retain all rights to the final design but will allow City of Cornwall to reproduce the final design in future iterations of the project if required.

All submitted artwork must be original to the artist applying.

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