Expression of Interest: Indigenous Curator, City of Ottawa

Aerial photo of the site of the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility. 

Expression of Interest – Indigenous Curator
Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility

The City of Ottawa is seeking an Indigenous Curator or team of curators to develop and curate an Indigenous Art Program for the new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. This two-stage competition is held in accordance with the Public Art Policy. City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2019, noon EDT
Budget: $50,000 CAD + HST
Contract Period: October 2019 – October 2020 (Approximately)
Contact: Melissa Black, Public Art Officer | 613-244-4261

The complete Call to curators is online at

The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library (OPL), in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are building a new 216,000 square foot joint facility at 555 Albert Street that is anticipated to receive an average of 5,000 visitors a day. The OPL-LAC Joint Facility will contribute to the ongoing transformation of Canada’s capital into a world-class city through the creation of a prestigious modern facility that brings together and showcases a new Ottawa Public Library’s Central Library with Library and Archives Canada’s public services.

The Indigenous Art Program for the OPL-LAC joint facility will honour, support and showcase Indigenous art and cultures by integrating artwork by local, regional and national Indigenous artists (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) throughout the facility and/or the landscape. Including Indigenous art in and around the facility will create a welcoming and inclusive space that will represent strong and forward-thinking artists.