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Park Marker Program

letter2About the Park Marker Program

Burlington Public Art is pleased to announce a new program for local artists, the Park Marker Program. This annual program will commission artists to create small-scale sculptures in neighbourhood parks throughout the city. These commissions are open exclusively to artists residing in Burlington, Ont. Applicants do not need previous public art and/or sculpture experience to apply to this program.

Applications for the 2016 program are now open!  Please visit the Calls for Artists page to download the Request for Proposals and access the online application system.

Applications are due on Monday, December 12, 2016.

Resources & Professional Development

Project Launch & Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Central Library, Holland Room, 2331 New Street 

Are you interested in public art sculpture but are not sure where to start? This workshop will give you helpful insight into planning your project and preparing a great submission that will get you noticed by the jury. The workshop will start with a brief overview of the Park Marker program and 2016/17 projects followed by a session led by artist Matthew Walker. Matthew will give helpful tips and tricks on preparing your submission and the steps you need to take to conceptualize your project. Following a brief break, public art fabricator Mike Bilyk will lead a session exploring material choices for outdoor sculpture and pointers on working with a fabricator.

This workshop is FREE and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Thursday November 10th by visiting

11:30 – 12:00   Overview of Park Marker Program + LUNCH
12:00 – 1:30     Matthew Walker
1:30 – 1:45       BREAK
1:45 – 3:15       Mike Bilyk
3:15 – 3:30       Q&A & Wrap Up 

Workshop Facilitators

Matthew Walker
Matthew Walker is a Hamilton artist whose sculpture-based practice incorporates diverse technical approaches to object-making in public spaces. He has been involved in the production of public art in a range of capacities, including designing public calls, adjudication, receiving commissions, and engaging with other artists in the field as a technical mentor and advisor. For over a decades and a half, Matthew’s work as a facilitator has exposed him to a diversity of practices and conceptual approaches to art making that reflect the expansive experiences that are possible in the creation of public work.

During this workshop Matthew will provide insight into the processes behind the commissioning of artwork. How are calls for public art designed? How does the commissioning process take shape? What are some of the criteria that are considered when assessing a submission? Emerging artists seeking to enter the field of public art will find this discussion useful as they reflect on what approaches they may take in designing their work for public space, and, how to prepare an application.

Matthew’s current and previous work experiences includes being a member of The Town of Banff’s Public Art Committee, Supercrawl’s Curatorial Committee and as the Sculpture Facilitator at the Banff Centre’s international residency program. Matthew is currently working on a public commission for Artfarms in Buffalo, NY.

Mike Bilyk
Mike Bilyk is the President of Lafontaine Ironwerks, a custom metal fabrication and installation company located in Tiny, Ontario. Over the past 16 years, Lafontaine Ironwerks have developed a unique specialty in working with artists to develop and deliver complex public art projects. Mike and his team have worked with numerous internationally renowned artists including: Douglas Coupland, Michel DeBroin, John McEwan and Vito Acconci. Lafontaine Ironwerks works closely with artists from concept through to finished product to ensure the utmost in quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

For this workshop, Mike will give workshop participants a behind-the-scenes look into some of the large-scale projects produced by Lafontaine Ironwerks. Mike will also cover material choices and installation techniques for outdoor public art sculpture as well as helpful tips and tricks to consider when working with a fabricator.

One-on-one Application Review Sessions

Date: November 30, 2016
Times: 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.*
Location: Burlington City Hall (426 Brant St.)

Artists preparing a submission to the Park Marker program may book a 30-minute session with the Public Art Manager to review a draft of their application package and get constructive feedback.

*Attendance is optional and appointments must be booked in advance. To book an appointment please contact: Kim Selman, or 905-548-0111

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