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Utility Box Art Display Program

The Town of Orangeville's Utility Box Art Display Program aims to recognize local artists, celebrate the Town’s culture and history, and promote Orangeville as an arts and culture hub.

The 2020 Call for Artists is now open to local artists residing in Dufferin County.  Up to five utility boxes will be added to Orangeville's growing public art collection this year. A new mural installation at Alder Recreation Centre's walking track is also included in this year's call.

Artists residing in Dufferin County are invited to review the details of the 2020 Call for Artists and submit their original designs using direction provided by Friday, May 15, 2020. Successful artist submissions must be innovative in design, foster community pride, strive to counteract graffiti vandalism, and contribute to a sense of identity for residents and businesses. Artwork must be submitted by location. Artists are encouraged to consider how their submission is relevant to the context of the selected location and make note of themes/requirements for some locations.

For 2020, three of the six locations have an open theme:

  • Kay Cee Gardens box
  • Riddell Road & Alder Street box
  • Broadway & Sherbourne Street box

The remaining locations have specific requirements:

  • Broadway & Second Street Utility box – designs must depict the historical significance of the Town’s Opera House and/or Theatre Orangeville.
  • Alder Street & C Line Utility box – submissions will only be accepted from youth aged 13 to 17 years who are attending secondary school.
  • Alder Recreation Centre Murals – large-scale, high resolution designs must showcase local attractions and/or features, with the intention of creating awareness and promoting tourism. Up to eight murals will be installed on selected walls along the walking track around the Green Rink. 

Submissions will be accepted from local artists who meet the following criteria:

  • applicants must reside in Dufferin County.
  • applicants must be at least 18 years old, with the exception of youth applying for the Alder Street & C Line location who must be between 13 to 17 years old and attending secondary school.
  • of Orangeville employees and members of the Town of Orangeville Cultural Plan Task Force are not eligible to apply.

When designing their artwork, artists are encouraged to consider the context of the local area and the Town as a whole. The locations, themes, and requirements for the proposed 2020 installations are outlined in detail in the 2020 Call for Artists. Each location has its own template and requirements. 

Winning submissions will be selected by a jury and successful artists will receive a fee of $500 for their designs. All artwork will be subject to Town of Orangeville review and approval.

Artwork will be professionally installed using a high quality vinyl wrap. If selected, artists will be required to provide full-quality, print-ready .jpeg or .tiff files of the artwork at their own expense.

Questions about the 2020 Call for Artists can be directed to Katrina Lemire, Business, Tourism & Culture Co-ordinator.