The Power Plant

HORIZON: Navigating the Public Art Competition Process

Thu Feb 11 2021

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM



 Image of Dean Drever 

With the Percent for Public Art Program, the Toronto Official Plan encourages the inclusion of public art in all significant private sector developments across the city. This serves to beautify the buildings and open spaces of the urban landscape and provides artists with an additional creative platform and income potential. The Power Plant co-presents this workshop with Public Art Management. The workshop combines the perspectives of Ben Mills, Vice President of Public Art Management, and artist Dean Drever. Participants will learn about the steps and stages involved in proposing, creating, and installing public art for private sector developments. Mills and Drever will share strategies that can strengthen or weaken a proposal.

This program is for The Power Plant membership holders and RBC Emerging Artist Network members only.



In Fall 2018, The Power Plant teamed up with eight other contemporary visual art and film organizations in Toronto for a two-year initiative, called HORIZON, funded with an Open Door grant from the Toronto Arts Council. During the first phase, the nine partner organizations conducted focus groups and town halls to gather information about the needs of emerging and established artists in and around Toronto. Now into the second phase, the organizations are developing and offering programs that address some of the artists’ needs. The primary need is financial stability. As a result, The Power Plant co-presents the following programs to provide artists additional tools for improved submissions for public art commissions and for advocating for a Basic Income Guarantee.


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