If you live or work in Mississauga, you may have seen or experienced art from the City’s growing collection of permanent, temporary and digital public art. Through the Public Art Program, the City’s creating more vibrant communities and public spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Learn how the Public Art Program works, including how we choose the artwork and where it goes, information for professional artists, opportunities for public input and other aspects of the program.
Fostering community belonging, ownership and pride for public art projects is key to a successful program. It’s important to remember that art is subjective. A strong public art program encourages civic dialogue, intellectual debate and diverse artistic expression. Mississauga has a diverse resident population and different art forms, themes and ideas resonate with different audiences.
The City uses a range of acquisition methods for public art projects, but public art juries select projects over $10,000. Public art juries advise and recommend artist proposals for commission, based on their informed and independent consideration of relevant factors. Juries help maintain transparency, integrity and professionalism in the selection of artworks.
Juries are project-specific, arms-length from the City’s public art curatorial staff, typically contain three to five members and consist of:
The City’s Public Art Program is committed to having public art juries that are reflective of the diversity of Mississauga’s population. Juries are compensated in accordance with the current CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Fee Schedule.
Every two years, a call for jury members is issued. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about upcoming opportunities.
Public art programs provide free access to high quality art to all residents and visitors of a city. That means it’s important to consider opportunities throughout the city, in all neighbourhoods and communities. In accordance with Corporate Policy and Procedure 05-02-07 City Art Collection, locations that are accessible exterior and interior public areas are given priority to maximize the potential for members of the public to enjoy public art. All locations must be physically or visually accessible to the public. Public art curatorial staff also evaluate the following:
The City’s Public Art Program is committed to equitable opportunities for artists, particularly artists from equity-deserving groups. The program’s approach to equity includes:
Everyone deserves access to art that reflects their history, society and experiences. The City’s Public Art Program is committed to building a diverse public art collection by:
Local artists are always eligible to apply for the City’s public art opportunities. The City also works with artists located across Canada and the rest of the world.
A strong public art program owns artwork from a variety of artists, including artists from different areas of the world and artists from different career levels. The benefits include:
The City offers virtual workshops for local and emerging artists, based on local needs. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about upcoming learning opportunities.
Artists may apply to multiple opportunities, regardless of past work in the city. Additionally, artists may apply to more than one active public art opportunity because public art juries evaluate submissions on a project-by-project basis.
The City’s Public Art Master Plan is a community-informed plan that sets the overall curatorial framework for the public art program. Opportunities for public input are available on a project-by-project basis, such as:
The City values public input and is always looking to hear your ideas for beautifying Mississauga’s streets and celebrating the city’s unique identity. If you have an idea, keep in mind:
If you have a specific idea, you should review the criteria for acquisitions and public art locations in Corporate Policy and Procedure 05-02-07 City Art Collection and the Public Art Master Plan, before emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City’s public art program is working towards a new public art trail along the waterfront, featuring artwork by Indigenous artists. We encourage you to get in touch with our team if you have an idea for Indigenous public art by emailing email@example.com.
There are many perspectives, methodologies, approaches, and disciplines in Indigenous public art. The following resources can provide a starting point for your research:
The City receives numerous requests to donate artworks. Given that artworks in our permanent collections are cared for in perpetuity, the City considers multiple factors to ensure the donated work aligns with the City’s principles, goals and responsibilities. If you are interested in donating art, please follow the process outlined in the Donated Art Guidelines (pdf).
There is public art throughout Mississauga, but not all of it is owned by the City’s Public Art Program. Public art may be:
In all instances, the City’s Public Art Program is often involved in the commission or creation of the artwork in question. If you need assistance identifying an artwork, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send a photo of the artwork and the damaged area to email@example.com. City staff conduct periodic inspections of the artworks in our collection, but sometimes damage or vandalism occurs without our knowledge.
If you have questions or comments about the City’s public art, email firstname.lastname@example.org.