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Destination ART

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 28, 2023, 5:00 pm.

Button Factory Arts is inviting visual artists and writers who live or work in Waterloo Region to submit digital images of their artwork and written submissions to be considered for display on the Grand River Transit GRT shelters and LRT stations throughout the Region.

COVID closures have taken a toll on the arts community especially, and the public have missed the arts; the concerts, performances, gallery openings, readings in Waterloo Region. We know that the arts can heal.  A series of images and the written word together (6 installations) will be installed on bus shelters and Ion stations in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Each installation will stay up on the station for 2 months. The artwork and poetry or writing will uplift community spirit, engage viewers and celebrate our artists in Waterloo Region. QR codes will link to the artists, Button Factory Arts and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund websites. Installing these works on the outside of the shelters and stations means that transit riders, pedestrians and drivers will all have exposure to the work.


Destination Art has 6 opportunities for visual artists and 6 for writers. Visual art will be amalgamated with the written word.

Images will be Portrait-Oriented display from 46” wide x 76” high. Pattison Signs will be responsible for installation.
All art mediums will be considered, as long as, they are suitable for reproduction in a 2-dimensional high-resolution image that can be printed on a poster.

The chosen artists and writers will be notified in early May and will be contracted for an 8 week display sometime between May and December 2023. Those chosen will be awarded a one-time honorarium of $500 CAD.

Jurors will review all submissions and only selected artists will be contacted.

Thank you for your understanding.

Contact: Heather Franklin, Executive Director, Button Factory Arts

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