2024 Art Walk in the Woods

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2024 Art Walk in the Woods

Temporary Public Art Competition

Temporary Public Art Competition Call for Proposals

The Town of Canmore is pleased to present the call for proposals for Art Walk in the Woods, a temporary environmental public art installation open to artists from Alberta and British Columbia.

In anticipation and in celebration of the COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup and the IBU World Cup Biathlon, the Town of Canmore is seeking proposals for site-specific land art (installations and sculptures). The 2024 World Cup events provide a unique opportunity for artists to be viewed by local and international audiences as they visit Canmore and take in the events. By coupling sport and art experiences, Canmore is seen as a community that embraces and values both disciplines. Held in accordance with the Town of Canmore Public Art Policy and in collaboration with the Canmore Nordic Centre/Alberta Parks, this temporary public art exhibit will take place from February 6 to March 30, 2024.

All interested artists are invited to attend a virtual information session on November 15, 2023, at 6pm MT. If you need other visual or audio accommodation, or if prefer a phone call or in-person meeting, please contact artsandculture@canmore.ca to make arrangements. Please note that it is recommended that interested artists attend the information session; however, it is not mandatory as the session will be recorded.  If you are unable to attend the session but would like to view the recording, you can access it on the Town of Canmore’s YouTube channel beginning November 17, 2023.

For more information and to access the Zoom information session, visit zoom.us.

Type of Installations

The theme for Art Walk in the Woods is We Welcome the World.

There are seven site locations on municipal and provincial park land; four sites are located alongside the Legacy Trail that runs from the Bow River up toward the Canmore Nordic Centre, and three sites in downtown area. Each site provides opportunities to engage art lovers, casual hikers, and facility users visiting the downtown and accessing the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Artists can apply for one of two installation types:

  • Artist-led and community-influenced installations

Two (2) of the sites will be awarded to artist-led and community-influenced installations.

Participating artists will be asked to recruit a team of community members to support in any or all areas of the project (concept, design, construction, installation, art walks, and decommission). Artists choosing a community-influenced installation will be paid $3,500 as their commission.

  • Individual artist or artist team installations

Five (5) sites will be open to individual artists and/or artist teams for independent installations. Participating artists will work independently but should develop artwork that is reflective of the larger Canmore community. The commission for independent individual artist/artist team installations is $3,000.


The budget for each commission is $3,000 (CAD, inclusive of GST) for individual artists and artist team installations, and $3,500 (CAD, inclusive of GST) for artist led and community influenced installations.

The commission includes all costs related to artist fees, materials, artwork installation and removal, transportation, insurance, travel, and any other cost related to the creation and display of the artwork.

For the full description and proposal call visit art walk in the woods (canmore.ca).

The Town of Canmore is committed to supporting artists who may require accommodations to fairly access this application process. If you require any accommodations, please call 403.678.8956 or email artsculture@canmore.ca.

Questions and comments can be directed to Sue Hayduk, Town of Canmore Arts and Culture Coordinator at artsculture@canmore.ca.

Submissions must be received no later than 4pm on December 8, 2023

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