Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 (Penticton, BC) - Call For Artists

Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 (Penticton, BC) – Call For Artists

Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 (Penticton, BC) – Call For Artists

Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 is now accepting applications from sculptors to take part in the 2020 exhibition, which opens May 2020. Created in 2016, Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition (PPSE) is a year-long outdoor exhibit of original sculptures. The sculptures are owned by the artists and leased by the City of Penticton, BC. The city is looking for up to five (5) sculptures ($2600/lease/yr) to be located along the Okanagan Lake waterfront or downtown and one (1) larger feature sculpture ($6500/lease/yr) for the Front Street roundabout.

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Deadline: 13 Dec 2019

The Pentiction Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 is committed to serving the public by providing access to various mediums of public sculpture. It is well noted that public art slows down the pedestrian traffic, providing a positive impact on the enjoyment and mood of the general public. It influences how people see and connect within their communities and provides an opportunity for dialogue between friends and strangers alike. Through an annual revolving collection of sculptures, the City of Pentiction hopes to provide a freshness to public art that engages, connects, and provides its community with a sense of image and identity, as well as include artists as contributors to this cultural fabric.


  • January 25th, 2020: Notification of selection committee results
  • May 7-8th, 2020: Sculpture delivery and placement (late installations will not be accepted)
  • May 9th, 2020: Unveiling Event
  • April 6-10th, 2021: Sculptures are removed

General Information

  • PPSE is open to professional sculptors of all backgrounds.
  • Completed sculptures or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, examples of previous work must be included, as well as detailed drawings of the proposed sculpture.
  • Artists will be paid a set lease price of $2,600 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures.
  • Sculptures are required to remain on site for the duration of the project (May 2020 – April 2021).
  • Artists will be responsible for transportation of their sculpture to and from site. Pedestals / pads will be provided by the PPSE.
  • Artists will retain the ownership of their sculpture and will be responsible for carrying comprehensive insurance to cover it in the event of theft or vandalism and public liability or will sign an indemnification in favour of the City of Penticton for any liability claims against the City as a result of the existence or location of the sculpture within the City during the exhibition. The risk of loss or damage to the sculpture will always be borne by the artist, and the artist will be responsible to repair and or replace all or part of the sculpture in the event of loss or damage thereto during the exhibition.
  • The City will enter into a lease agreement with the Artist for the duration of the exhibition and the Artist is responsible to uphold all terms and conditions of the agreement as set out by the City.
  • City staff will assist with installation to ensure that the work is done in accordance with City standards and optimizes viewing of the sculpture.
  • Up to $300 per sculpture will be allocated for signage that the City will create and install in consultation with the artist.
  • At the end of the lease any sales/leases of sculptures will be conducted solely by the artist or their agent and will not involve the City.
  • The City will be responsible for media relations and publicity for the sculpture exhibition.
  • The artist will retain copyright for their sculpture and grant the City a license to take and distribute images of the sculptures. Any other likeness or models of the sculpture will not be created without the explicit permission of the artist.
  • Sculptures will be placed in predetermined locations at the discretion of the PPSE committee and City.
  • Artists are encouraged to be present for the installation of their sculpture(s) on May 7-8th 2020 and removal April 6-10th 2020. In the event the artist cannot be present, they are required to provide in writing a representative to conduct this work on their behalf.
  • For international entries, artists must cover their own shipping costs up front and will need to pay for any import fees and customer broker fees.

Sculpture Requirements

  • A stainless steel base plate or stainless steel strips should be securely attached to the bottom of each piece(s) so they can be welded to the pedestal or fastened with inserts to a concrete pad (this installation method requires ½’ bolt holes to be bored through plate or strips).
  • All sculptures need to be made of a durable material for the yearlong outdoor setting and constructed with safety in mind for display in a public setting. Metal sculptures should be sealed/powder-coated to avoid rust bleeding onto pedestal or pad.
  • Sculptures being proposed for the waterfront/downtown must be a minimum of 3’ high.

Judging Criteria

  • Entries will be judged on artistic merit, creativity, public safety, and durability in an outdoor setting.
  • The jury will review and approve the submissions with decisions being made on a consensus or majority vote.
  • The jury, with input from City staff, will consider the proposal’s materials, construction, durability, maintenance, public access, and safety.
  • The jury may opt to not accept any of the submissions, in which case the selection process may be re-opened.

Public Sculpture Exhibition 2020 Artist Benefits

With Pentiction being a year-round tourist destination in British Columbia’s heart of the Okanagan, chosen artists will benefit by receiving access to the general public for a period of one full year for the waterfront or downtown sites, and a possible two year period for the Front Street roundabout site.

Throughout the lease period, artists gain access to further leasing or sales opportunities that may conclude at the end of the lease period. These further opportunities will be conducted solely by the artist and outside of the involvement of the City.

About The City Of Penticton

The City of Penticton is a vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront city focused on sustainability, community, and economic opportunity. Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. With over 2100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.

Penticton is one of two cities in the world situated between two lakes. Beaches and water fun are part of the Summer culture – dive in like a local and get wet. Okanagan and Skaha Beaches feature nearly 15 acres of premium, sandy beach and swimming areas. Along with all of the year-round recreational activities available, agriculture has been an important contributor to Penticton’s livelihood. There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton metropolitan area, 5 craft breweries, and 3 distilleries all within easy distance of the downtown core.

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