Legislative call for wood carving submissions

Province looking for 4 artists work to fill available panels within the Legislative Chamber at Queen's Park

Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MPP Doug Downey is hoping for a strong response to a call from Queen’s Park.

The province is hoping to fill in panels within the Legislative Chamber with works from Ontario-based Indigenous wood artists, expected to serve as a permanent reminder of the history of Indigenous peoples in Ontario, with up to four artists to be chosen from across the province.

“They have four panels in the legislature that they’re putting out for an expression of interest. There’s very limited space; They’re looking for designed and fixed pieces so it’ll actually be carved in wood”

Downey is surprised there isn’t more talk about this.

“That’s why I put it out by social media, I sort of stumbled across it myself looking for something else although it’s on the Legislatures main page. We have some fantastic artists in our area”

Submission requirements

Expression of interest – Why you are interested in the opportunity? Talk about your artwork and if you have created work for any other public space. Your Expression of interest may be either a written submission or a short video.

Biography – Submit a current biography or information about yourself, which includes your experience as an artist/wood carver, any art training you have completed, public artwork on display, and any other experience directly related to this opportunity. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.

Samples of previous artwork – Submit a maximum of five digital image files or photographs showing samples of wood carvings that you have completed or that are currently in progress.

Concept drawing – Provide a scale drawing or sketch of your proposed carving of the wood panel. Include an explanation/interpretation of the proposed carving.


Submissions are due December 31st 2018.