TELUS Garden Art Program Competition

Consistent with its mandate of supporting arts and culture within communities, TELUS has announced the development of a comprehensive art program for TELUS Garden, its new corporate headquarters in downtown Vancouver. They have issued a request for proposals from artists across the country to create original works to be permanently displayed in the new 22-storey office tower. 

TELUS Garden will be the first building in Canada built to the new 2009 LEED Platinum standard, and will showcase TELUS’ brand and affinity for nature, with an organic screening concept that is used throughout the interior spaces in various iterations and scales. The art program aims to achieve consistency with the existing nature-based theme and natural material palette. 

Each piece within the art program is an opportunity to convey a unique Canadian story of people and places. The RFP is part of a larger art program that aims to source a number of types of art from a variety of artists to bring vitality and diversity to the stories that are represented. There is a desire to include art from the First Nations community as well as from a diverse cross-section of Canadian culture and talent. 

The theme for the program has been defined as “Materials of Meaning” — drawing from the historic and modern application of wood, metal and textiles as the media for storytelling and communication.

The public RFP process aims to seek artists from a diverse cross-section of Canadian culture and talent, as well as developing artists who show exceptional talent and whose early professional careers would benefit from a commission of this scale and exposure — emphasizing the importance of art and culture to the TELUS institution.

There are two categories for the art competition:

  • Category A is a $30,000 installation that will communicate the TELUS story through descriptive panels and be the focal point of the 4th floor TELUS Garden reception area.
  • Category B is a $45,000 outdoor installation that will be admired from the 8th floor roof deck and adjacent café.


Artists must indicate intent to submit by Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Request for proposal: Due Monday, December 2, 2013 1 p.m. PST

For the full RFP and more information, click here.  

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