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2020 King Street Community Art Project Submissions

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Media Release: 2020 King Street Community Art Project now installed

(See the art submissions above in the slideshow)

July 10, 2020 – The construction fencing in downtown Midland now boasts a collection of original paintings created by 39 Simcoe County artists.

The 2020 King Street Community ​Art Project includes 2' x 2' paintings by artists from Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny, Beausoleil First Nation, Orillia, Midhurst and Innisfil, ranging in age from 13 to some in their seventies. 

“It was such a creative and uplifting project to undertake during this time of self-isolation and uncertainty," said Bridget Dewyze, one of the participating artists who incorporated her family when completing her panel. “Our whole family was able to participate in some way and find joy in the process."

The goal of the Town of Midland project is to beautify the downtown core during the King St. Rejuvenation Project and welcome shoppers back as stores and businesses begin to re-open and continue to provide curbside pick up.

“The paintings showcase the amazing talent that we have in our area and we thank all of the participating artists," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Given the long history of creativity and artistry in Midland, and with the current restrictions on accessing indoor spaces, the Town is very excited for this opportunity to bring art outdoors for our residents to enjoy."

The paintings will be on display until the construction fencing remains on King St. While the original intent was for a temporary art project, some panels may find a permanent home at the Harbour office at the Town Dock.  ​​​

Update - June 2, 2020

Please be advised that the application period for the 2020 King Street Community Art Project has now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

You can watch for the art panels to begin appearing on construction fencing on King Street towards the end of June, and photos of all ​panels will be added to this web page as well.

Media Release: Call for artists for​ 2020 King Street Community Art Project

The Town of Midland is accepting applications from Simcoe County residents to create 2' x 2' paintings to beautify the downtown core during the King Street Rejuvenation Project.

The 2020 King Street Community Art Project will see 24 paintings installed on the fencing surrounding the construction areas along King St. 

“The fencing provides us with the opportunity to create an outdoor gallery of original paintings," said Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator with the Town of Midland.  “We are looking for submissions with positive and uplifting subject matter and themes to greet the public as local businesses are able to start to re-open."

The call is open to those living in Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia, however preference will be given to those who live in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny and members of Beausoleil First Nation.  Households are also able to participate, provided that an individual who is 18 years or older is available to sign the artist agreement.

Selected artists will be provided with a 2' x 2' piece of lightweight aluminum panel along with a few supplies.  They will also receive a $75 honourarium to assist with the purchase of any additional supplies and as a thank you for taking part in the project.

Those selected must have the capability to collect supplies and return completed panels during arranged dates and times.

The application deadline to be considered for this project is June 2 at 12 p.m. Submissions must include a completed application form​ and images​ of three completed paintings. The inclusion of an artist bio and/or artist statement is optional. 

The deadline to complete the paintings is June 26 and the paintings will be installed the week of June 29.

For more details contact: 

Karen Mealing
Cultural Development Coordinator/Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival Coordinator
705-526-4275 ext 2200   |   C: 705-333-3512 
kmealing@midland.ca


*Art panels may not look/be hung exactly as pictured above*​​​​


​Call for Artists - 2020 King Street Community Art Project

The Town of Midland is accepting applications from Simcoe County residents to create 2’ x 2’ paintings to beautify Downtown Midland during the King St. Rejuvenation Project and as businesses begin to re-open.​

The Town of Midland reserves the right to reject any and all submissions, as well as completed works which do not adhere to criteria and guidelines.​

Timeline

Deadline to apply: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 12 p.m. (noon)

Notification to selected artists: 
Friday, June 5, 2020

Collection of supplies and materials (to be coordinate with artists): 
by June 12, 2020

Deadline to return completed panel: 
Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m.

Installation:
Week of June 29, 2020

Call for Artists Application Form

The application period has now closed. Thank you to all who applied!

Objective

Temporary art installation to beautify Downtown Midland during the summer of 2020. Subject matter and theme should be positive and uplifting. Use of text is permitted, however profanity, advertising, branding and/or promotion of contempt against anyone are prohibited.

Location

The panels will be installed on the fencing surrounding the construction areas on King Street. The installation and display of the panels on the fencing will be at the discretion of Arnott Construction to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors in the downtown area.

Note

While this is intended to be a temporary installation, if panels are in good shape at the completion of this project, the Town of Midland reserves the right to install or display the panels in more permanent locations within municipal boundaries.

Budget

Selected artists will be supplied with a 2’ x 2’ alu panel (lightweight aluminum panel) and paid a $75 honourarium. Each artist will be supplied with a small selection of supplies and materials but may need to enhance their paint and equipment options using their own supplies.

Eligibility

Submissions will be considered from those who live in Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia, noting that preference will be given to those from Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny and Beausoleil First Nation. Individuals and households (ie families) are able to submit applications for consideration. Those selected must have the capability to collect supplies and return completed panels during arranged dates and times.

How to apply

Email the following to kmealing@midland.ca:

  • Application form
  • Three samples of completed paintings
  • Artist bio and/or artist statement (optional)