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The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) is inviting local artists and artist teams to paint 10 park-style benches and four Adirondack chairs that will be installed in Downtown Calgary for Summer 2021.

Each artist or artist team selected will be responsible for transforming two benches or two Adirondack chairs.

The only catch? Artists/artist teams must use the colour palette from our Spring/Summer 2021 pageantry for the majority of their creations (artist/artist teams will be allowed to use additional colours for accents and details). Please see the website for colour details.

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm MT.
Honorarium: $1,250 for two benches or two chairs.

Selected artists will be notified on Monday, June 21, 2021, by the Calgary Downtown Association team.

One quart of each colour of paint in the palette, drop cloths, as well as a sealer to protect the artwork will be provided. Artists are responsible for any other supplies like paint brushes, painter’s tape, rags, etc.

For more information and to submit, visit

Submission Requirements

  • Artist name(s), pronoun(s) and contact information.
  • Artist bio(s).
  • Artist headshot(s).
  • Links to previous work or website portfolio.
  • A description or sketch of your proposed design using colours from our spring/summer pageantry.
  • The artist(s) preference to paint either benches or Adirondack chairs.

Artists will have between June 22 and 30, 2021, to paint and seal their benches or chairs, please consider this timeline when submitting your application. Painting will be completed at the Urban Productions warehouse (3613 Blackburn Rd. SE) or, if the artists are able, they may take the benches or chairs to their home studio to paint.

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