Public art competitions

These formal competitions are conducted according to our purchasing bylaw (PDF).

To bid on a project, applicants must request a copy of the request for proposal (RFP) via email and closely follow the requirements.

Open for bidding

None available at this time.  


Calls for Proposals

Project name Lumen Lite
Proposal submission deadline August 23, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. EST
Value $1,000.00 (inclusive of artist fees and supplies)
Location Various space in uptown Waterloo


The City of Waterloo is inviting artists to submit a proposal to be part of Lumen Lite, Waterloo’s festival of light, art, and technology-based installations. Lumen will take place on September 25, 2021 from 6 -11 p.m. in spaces throughout uptown Waterloo.

Installations will be placed in public spaces to animate the uptown core. All work will feature the interplay between art and technology and should include an interactive, collaborative, or participatory component. 

Platforms can be high-tech, low-tech or somewhere in-between – the idea is that there is an artful and explorative exchange between technology and creativity. The goal of the festival is to celebrate the great community spaces, places, and parks that are available for use by the community and to animate public space through creative temporary installations. 

Five artists will be selected as part of this open call.

Further information is provided in the application process.


Apply online