Saskatoon's permanent collection numbers 40 outdoor works of art, most of which were acquired by donation. Several major pieces were commissioned and purchased with funding from the Government of Canada as a result of Saskatoon being named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2006.
For more information contact the City's Arts and Culture Consultant at 306-657-8671.
On March 10, 2017 the City unveiled its 20th Anniversary Placemaker Artwork Catalogue! It is now available online and at every Saskatoon Public Library branch. Thank you to all the artists and collaborators who have made this catalogue possible.
The City, in partnership with the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), manages the Placemaker Program. The mandate of the Placemaker Program is to add significance to civic spaces, to engage with audiences and to promote an appreciation for contemporary art practices through temporary public art. Public art refers to artwork that has been planned and executed in the public domain, in any media, that is visible and accessible to all.
Budget: $15,000 per area
Deadline: 5:00pm, March 29, 2017
For more information, please contact Jonathan Epp, Urban Design, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Placemaker Projects
- Birdo, River Reflection, River Landing
- Craig Campbell, Priscilla, Queen of the Prairies, Broadway
- Heike Fink, Catch YOUR Dream, 33rd Street
- Cate Francis, The Paper Wildlife Conservancy, throughout all BIDs
- Jason Gress, Coming Soon (Stoon), Broadway & Downtown
- Darren Gowan, Untitled, Sutherland
- Josh Jacobson, Habitual Synthesis, Downtown
- Jeremy Tsang, An Eastern Dream of the West, Riversdale
Archive Placemaker Program Portfolio
Summary by Jinzhe Cui
66 Physiognomies by Jinzhe Cui
Der Vogelhandler by Mark Prier
Der Vogelhandler by Mark Prier
The Faces by Adrian Bica and Dimitri Karopoulos
Like a Rolling Stone - Be Part of Art by Heike Fink
We Are All Linked by Monique Martin
Cacher pour mieux montrer by Sans façon
Found Compressions One & Two by Keeley Haftner
Request for Qualifications
Where Our Paths Cross
Reconciliation Commemorative Art Project
DEADLINE: Monday, January 23, 2017
The Saskatoon Tribal Council and the City of Saskatoon are seeking Requests for Qualifications/RFQ (submissions) from interested and qualified artists to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a commemorative artwork that acknowledges reconciliation in Saskatoon. Saskatoon has evolved as a city with rich traditions, histories, languages and artistic expressions of communities such as First Nations and Métis, Ukrainians, Germans, Russian, British as well as Francophone and English speaking Canadians. Contributing to this richness are new immigrants from countries all over the world who have chosen Saskatoon as their home.
"Where our Paths Cross" will be an important public art commission produced by a single artist or artist team, to explore Indigenous, settler and newcomer relations in Saskatoon.
The City of Saskatoon declared July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 the year of reconciliation. Since then, the City has been working with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Métis Federation Inc., Office of the Treaty Commission, and other community groups, leaders and institutions in Saskatchewan, to promote reconciliation.
For more information please contact:
Arts & Culture Consultant
Community Development Branch
3130 Laurier Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7L 5J7
306-657-8671 (phone) 306-975-2324 (fax)
The City, in partnership with the Riversdale Business Improvement District, invited artists to submit proposals to create works of art for the 20th Street West traffic signal cabinets. Proposals were submitted for new work, in any appropriate media, to enhance the traffic cabinets and enliven public space along 20th Street West. Innovative proposals were high-quality and original, from emerging and established artists that interpreted the importance of Riversdale’s past, present and future. Please see the Request for Proposals for more information.
To see an example of one of the completed cabinets, drawn and painted by artist Jinzhe Cui, please click here.
Commemorations and Monuments
A commemoration is the honouring of the memory of a person, place, event, or idea. Generally speaking, commemorations are public, tangible and of significant interest or meaning to residents of Saskatoon. In 2013, Saskatoon City Council adopted a comprehensive policy to govern requests for commemorative art, statues, and monuments in Saskatoon.
Individuals and organizations interested in funding, designing and donating a public commemoration or monument are strongly encouraged to first read the Step by Step Guide to Commemorations in Saskatoon and then contact the City's Arts and Culture Consultant at 306-657-8671.