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Public Art

Public art fosters an environment that promotes creativity, the pursuit of excellence in cultural experiences and the preservation and enhancement of diverse cultural identities.

A successful public art program helps communities develop and express their unique sense of place and character which draws tourism and investment activity to the city.

The primary purpose of the Public Art Policy which guides the Public Art Program, is to provide a mechanism through which the City of London acquires public art for municipally owned public space through its purchase, commission or donation. The City may authorize public art that it does not own to be placed on municipally-owned public space through an agreement between the City of London and the owner of the public art.

The program is administered by the City of London Culture Office. To learn more about installing permanent and temporary pieces of public art please review the City of London Public Art Program or contact the City of London Culture Office.


City of London Culture Office

City Hall, 11th Floor

300 Dufferin Avenue, PO Box 5035

London, ON N6A 4L9

(519) 661-2500 (5475)



The City of London Culture Office works in collaboration with the Public Art Site Selection Team and the London Arts Council to successfully carry out the program.

The Public Art Site Selection Team advises the Culture Office concerning the City of London Public Art Site Selection Plan. It includes public art sites and associated funding from the City of London Culture Office’s Public Art Program, which is allocated through the City of London’s annual operating budget. City Council approves the Public Art Site Selection Plan.

The London Arts Council in consultation with the City of London Culture Office, administers the artist selection process.  Professional artists are invited to submit credentials in response to an Expression of Interest (EOI). The purpose of the EOI is to gather a list of artists who are to be short-listed based on relevant professional experience. Short-listed applicants are invited to respond to a Request for Proposal. At the final stage of the selection process, proposals will be reviewed and a professional artist and their proposal will be recommended for the award of the project.  Submissions are juried through a qualified public art jury consisting of knowledgeable community representatives.


To review current calls to artists contact:

London Arts Council

201 King Street

London, ON N6A 1C9

(519) 439-0013 or


Once the professional artist has been recommended by the public art jury, The City of London Culture Office presents the proposed contract with the artist to City Council for approval and to execute.  The City of London Culture Office works closely with the artist to ensure that the artwork is successfully created, installed and maintained. Included are details around contract negotiations, individual site plan preparations and detailed designs, fabrication, transportation, installation and ongoing maintenance and conservation of the artwork.

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