Call for Artwork: York University Markham Campus Community Artwork

What does creating positive change to Right the Future mean to you? We are asking the York University community to share artwork in response to this question for a chance to be featured on the construction hoarding at York University’s Markham Campus.

York University and STEPS have partnered together to showcase community artwork on the construction hoarding for the York University Markham Campus. We are looking to feature up to eight (8) artworks from York University’s community of students, alumni, faculty and staff.


Acknowledging that Markham Campus will be part of this tapestry in Markham, we are asking artists to think outside the box and creatively consider what it means to right the future at this campus.

While thinking about this theme, artists can contemplate the dimensions of time (past, present and future), interdisciplinarity, reconciliation with Indigenous communities and sustainability.   

Considering the fee available for selected artwork, it is encouraged that applicants share Existing Artwork that connects to the theme above. 

Featured artists will receive an honorarium of $750 per selected image, and be credited on-site, as well as in all exhibit materials.

About the opportunity

Location of Hoarding Exhibit: York University Markham Campus

Timeline of the Exhibit: Artwork will be installed from July 2022, until the construction hoarding is no longer required on site

Number of Works to be Selected: Up to eight (8)

Honorarium for Selected Artwork: $750

Deadline for Application:  June 20, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST (Deadline Extended)


    • May 9, 2022: Call for Artwork issued 
    • June 20, 2022: Applications Due
    • June 2022: Selected Artists Announced 
    • July 2022: Installation of Hoarding Exhibit

About the Project

Amazing things happen when diverse communities work together to create positive change. Together, we are making things right for our communities, planet, and future.

Markham Campus will embed York University in the heart of one of the most diverse and dynamic urban communities in the province and country. By challenging the traditions of what a university campus can offer, Markham Campus will act as a unique meeting place for students to interact directly with employers, start-up companies, and community partners from across York Region. It will also provide space for unexpected and creative encounters, interdisciplinarity and collective learning experiences.

Place matters and Markham Campus will be located in the heart of a growing, dynamic, and diverse city. As the City of Markham continues to develop, it also retains a rich history and heritage that informs its growth.  

Not sure what artwork would make a strong submission? 

    • Strong images that will tell a story.
    • You should be able to provide a caption that connects the image to the exhibit theme.
    • The exhibition space is best suited to landscape-oriented imagery.
    • Images with large amounts of white, blank, or lightly coloured negative space pose a higher risk of graffiti vandalism when exhibited in public space and are discouraged.
    • You can create a digital file of the artwork that is scaled for optimal display with a resolution of between 120-150 DPI when printed at seven (7) feet high. The following file formats are accepted: TIFF or PDF for photographs/scans or EPS, AI or SVG for digital vector-based files. 
    • Artwork must be under your ownership and will not infringe on any copyright issues if they are displayed. Please note that you are allowed to submit artwork that has been created or presented in a York University class or program. However, the artwork should not have been created as part of a group assignment. 


The York University Community is invited to respond to this Call for Artwork by sharing a single PDF document with the following: 

This PDF document must be labelled with the name of the artist and project (Last Name, First Name_MarkhamCampusHA) and include:

  • Artist Bio – This describes who you are and your art practice. 
  • Artist Statement – This should outline your interest in the project and include a description of how the artwork(s) connect to the theme of what it means to right the future on this land that we call Markham.
  • Information about the artwork(s) including dimensions, the year it was created, and materials/mediums used.
  • Maximum three (3) images of artwork, including their title. (Note – please do not share high-resolution files. Once artwork is selected and an agreement is signed with the artists, there will be time to create the high-resolution files.)

Applications must not exceed 20 MB in size.


Application Deadline: Applications must be received by June 20, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.


To apply, please fill out the application form linked below by June 20, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST

Applicants who are d/Deaf, have a disability, or who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Margaux Weinrib, Agency Coordinator, at or call 416.366.6565 ex. 1 at least one week before the application deadline to allow STEPS and York University to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for sharing your application.


Margaux Weinrib, Agency Coordinator

416.366.6565 ex. 1

Image Credit: York University

Project Partner

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