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.
The City, in partnership with the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), manages the Placemaker Program to add significance to civic spaces through temporary public art. These temporary exhibits transform public spaces and engage with audiences to promote an appreciation for contemporary art practices. All artwork is considered annually and selected by the Public Art Advisory Committee. Artists can submit any medium. Preference is given to submissions by emerging artists and pieces that reflect Saskatoon's unique sense of place through its people, history, culture or landform.
For more information, contact Jonathan Epp, Urban Design, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Placemaker Projects
We are the River, Susan Shantz and Barbara Reimer, Downtown & Riversdale
This art project aims to highlight the vital connection between Saskatoon residents and the South Saskatchewan River. Photos of people holding statements about their personal and collective relationship with the river have been taken at various events throughout the summer and are being displayed on billboards in the downtown and Riversdale areas, as well as on social media.
Untitled, Emmanuel Jarus, First Nations Bank (224 - 4th Avenue South)
The concept of the mural is being developed in collaboration with the Yellow Quill First Nation, who owns the building. The mural will be installed later in August.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Epp, Urban Design, at email@example.com.
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
On March 10, 2017 the City unveiled its 20th Anniversary Placemaker Artwork Catalogue! This catalogue showcases the collection of temporary public artworks that were part of the City's Placemaker Program from 1994 to 2015. It is available online and at every Saskatoon Public Library branch.
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
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.