Barton Village seeks artists to turn vacant storefronts into beautiful displays

Heads up, artists of Hamilton: the Barton Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) is seeking visual artists and art teams to help beautify the Barton community with public art.

With many storefronts along the Barton Street strip currently sitting vacant, the BIA has come up with the idea of animating those storefronts with temporary art installations as part of a neighbourhood art project called ‘Anything is Possible on Barton.’

A list of all of the available storefronts is posted on the Barton Village BIA website, along with a call for submissions inviting artists from numerous disciplines to submit a proposal including a concept statement, information about the proposed artwork, an image of the proposed artwork, and an artist CV.

A jury will review all submissions and select a maximum of 15 artists to participate in the project. Chosen artists will receive a $2,000 fee for their work as well as the cost of any materials needed. Submissions are due on August 26th, 2022.

From there, artworks by the selected artists will be installed at the end of September and made available for public viewing throughout the fall, turning Barton Village into a sort of street-wide art gallery.

To read the full call for submissions, visit the Barton Village BIA website.

Lead image courtesy of Google Maps

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