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The deadline for submissions has been extended to end of day on Friday, August 14, 2020.

Temporary Art Installation at Memorial Park
Calgary Request for Artist Proposals

Deadline for Submissions: Extended to end of day on Friday, August 14, 2020
Artist Budget: $2,500 per artist
Download the Request for Proposals as a PDF

Shaw, in partnership with Calgary Pride, The City of Calgary, and Calgary Arts Development, seeks the participation of four LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC artists or artist teams with public art experience to create four temporary art mural installations (one mural per artist/artist team) at the four corner entrances to Memorial Park in celebration of Calgary Pride.

Due to COVID-19, Pride celebrations around the world have been cancelled. Pride is at its essence a celebration of resiliency, community, and love. This year will be no different. With this in mind, the 30th anniversary of Calgary Pride will be re-imagined—but its spirit will endure.

At Shaw, we believe that belonging, inclusion, and diversity enhances our culture and creates value for our employees, our customers, and our shareholders.

Shaw has been participating with Calgary Pride for more than five years. We wish to continue advocating equality alongside our employees, as this is one of Shaw’s core values. The Calgary Pride Parade is one example where our ongoing dialogue has had an impact. Year after year we see the number of Shaw employees and leaders at the Calgary Pride Parade increase, helping to create a work environment where people from the LGBTQ2S+ community feel they can be their authentic selves. This has also given us the opportunity to continue to educate our teams on what it means to be an ally, and helped Shaw receive recognition as Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2020.

Note: The City of Calgary has approved this concept and is in the process of formally approving the installation application. While we are eagerly awaiting approval, it looks very positive that we will get City approval in the next few weeks.


This call is open to established and emerging artists and artist teams, especially in the LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC artist communities. Applicants must have mural painting experience.

Artist Selection Schedule

Deadline for Submissions: Extended to end of day on Friday, August 14, 2020
Artists Contacted: Monday, August 17, 2020
Payment: $2,500 per artist

Scope of Work

Selected artists will be asked to submit a 250 word description and rough illustration of their proposed work for The City of Calgary and Shaw to review and approve. Mural installation must take place on Thursday, August 27 to go live on the first day of Calgary Pride, on Friday, August 28.

A rainbow path will be applied along the perimeter of Memorial Park to connect the four mural corners.

Artists will be assigned one of the following corners of Memorial Park located at:

  • Memorial Park Entrance SE Corner (2nd Street & 13th Avenue)
  • Memorial Park Entrance NE Corner (2nd Street & 12th Avenue)
  • Memorial Park Entrance SW Corner (4th Street & 13th Avenue)
  • Memorial Park Entrance NW Corner (4th Street & 12th Avenue)


This temporary art installation is open to artists of all levels of physical and mental ability. Any artists who have accessibility concerns regarding submitting a proposal can contact and for more information or to submit a proposal in person.

How to Apply

Download the full request for proposals for more information on how to apply. The new deadline for submissions is end of day on August 14, 2020. Contact and with any questions.

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