Public Art Opportunities

All calls to artists and public art opportunities will be posted here.

There are currently no open calls for public art projects. The best way to stay informed about calls to artists is to follow the City's social media channels, including X (formerly Twitter) at @ChtownPE, Facebook at @CityofCharlottetown, and Instagram at @city_of_charlottetown.

Closed Calls

Downtown Lightbox Exhibit (Spring 2024)


Artwork in 2021 Lightbox Exhibit
2021 Lightbox Exhibit: Common Things, featuring artworks by 20 Island artists (artwork by Renée Laprise).


This call is now closed.

The City of Charlottetown invites artists to submit images or copies of their original art for a temporary lightbox exhibit in Charlottetown, which will be installed on downtown lampposts from Tuesday, March 5, to Monday, May 6, 2024.

The exhibit will feature fifteen 24” W x 36” H lightboxes illuminating the work of local artists.

Selected artists to be included in the exhibit will receive a $175 CDN (+HST, if applicable) artist fee – following the CARFAC-RAAV Minimum Recommended Fee Schedule.

The City of Charlottetown will produce and install the lightboxes.

In the Spring, Charlottetown will come alive with music, with several exciting events and celebrations in the capital, including Music PEI Week and the East Coast Music Awards.

To add to the vibrancy of downtown Charlottetown during these activities, the City of Charlottetown invites Island artists to submit work that aligns with the theme of Music and Sounds of the Island.

Places resonate with melodies and music as diverse as their history, people, and landscapes. From the lapping rhythm of ocean waves to traditional folk music, the Island’s soundscape is part of the auditory identity that makes it so unique. This lightbox exhibit asks artists to interpret the music and sounds of the Island in visual form, creating a sensory experience in our downtown core that showcases the artistic talent of our community and the distinct sonic realm of the Island.


  • Call for proposals: Thursday, January 18, 2024
  • Deadline for submissions: Monday, February 5, 2024
  • Acceptance notification: Monday, February 12, 2024
  • Project installation: Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

A peer selection panel of arts sector and community representatives will review all application materials and score using the rubric below. The selection panel will recommend the selection of fifteen artworks that will be included in the show.

The scoring matrix below describes how proposals will be assessed.

Artistic Merit   Overall quality of the submitted work;

Quality, colour, tone, and visual impact;

Compelling and intangible qualities that add to the artwork’s appeal.

Technical Features  Dimensions, format, orientation, and suitability of submitted artwork for public display in a lightbox.
Thematic Alignment  Alignment with the theme of Music and Sounds of the Island and the call for proposals;

Connection to the Island, to sound, or to music.

  Total  15

The following must be submitted by 
noon local time on Monday, February 5, 2024.

  • ARTIST CONTACT INFORMATION: Please provide your name, artist name (if different), full address, email, and phone number. Note: Please also indicate if you are registered to charge HST.
  • HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES: Applicants may submit no more than three (3) high-res images to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. Images must either be high-quality .JPEG, .PNG, .TIF, or .HEIC image files, or full-size 24” W x 36” H PDFs. Note: Considering the short timeline between the acceptance and delivery of the exhibit, artists should only submit existing or completed work.
  • LIST OF WORK: A list of details of works submitted, including file name, title, artwork date, and original medium (if applicable). Please note that only one work per successful artist will be selected for the exhibit. All details of the successful artwork will be featured on the City of Charlottetown website for the duration of the exhibit.

Additional Guidelines:

  • The lightboxes are 24” W x 36” H and will be hung on lampposts in portrait orientation. Please take note of these dimensions when selecting your work.
  • Submitted files will be printed on an adhesive substrate and applied to the lightboxes.
  • Submissions of images that exceed the 25 MB e-mail limit may be submitted with the file-sharing service of your choice (Google Drive, WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc.). The individual submitting is responsible for ensuring the files are downloadable and accessible.

Send your final submission to Doug Dumais, Culture and Economic Coordinator, at [email protected] using the subject line “Lightbox Exhibit [your name].”

Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island-based artists will be preferred, but this opportunity is open to all artists. We encourage artists who identify as BIPOC and artists who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply.

The ownership of all artworks submitted with this application remains with the artist. Copyright of the work and all intellectual property shall remain with the artist. The City of Charlottetown may not use any work submitted or included in the installation for any purpose without additional permission from the artists.

This call is now closed.

Any technical questions or additional questions may be directed to Doug Dumais at [email protected].

Fiona Wood Public Art



Image of Damaged Tree

Click here to read the full Call to Artists.

This call is now closed.

The City of Charlottetown invites practicing artists or artist teams to submit a concept for a permanent wooden public artwork installed in Connaught Square. The artwork is expected to incorporate or be built using reclaimed wood from historic trees that fell during post-tropical storm Fiona that were salvaged by City work crews. The City of Charlottetown will commission one artist/team to create the work.

Due to the nature of the materials employed for this artwork, the City of Charlottetown invites artists to creatively interpret the theme: RESILIENCE, RECLAMATION, & REGENERATION. The theme builds on Charlottetown’s rich history of urban forestry and the City’s goals to protect urban wildlife, promote biodiversity, and conserve and enhance our greenspaces and waterways. Additionally, the theme relates to the importance of building community resilience to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.

The artist(s) budget for all expenses related to this project is a maximum of $15,000.00 CDN (incl. HST). This budget represents the total amount of funds that will be disbursed to the artist(s) and includes all aspects related to the artist fees, design, fabrication, finishing, artists’ overhead, fees, insurance, and installation of the artwork commissioned through this project.

The City of Charlottetown will provide reasonable in-kind support for site preparation, installation, transportation of wood materials and final artwork, and support for logistical considerations as required.

A peer jury will select an artist or artist team and their conceptual design through a single-stage competition process.

How to Apply

This call is now closed.

Additional Relevant Documents

  1. Historic information on Connaught Square [PDF - 350 KB]
  2. Charlottetown Heritage Squares Conceptual Master Plan and Design Guidelines [PDF - 7,048 KB]

Any questions may be directed to Doug Dumais, Culture and Economic Coordinator, at the email above.