Student Art Competition

Canada 150 logo on brick wall with paint splatter graphic

To help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, Western International and McIntosh Gallery invite proposals from current Western students for a work of public art on the theme of "150 Years of Canada in the World." Individual student artists or groups of student artists are invited to create a work of art that reflects the theme of Canada’s role over the past 150 years on the international stage.

The selected work of art will be installed for two years as a feature on the vertical stone wall on the east side of the International and Graduate Affairs Atrium.

Canada 150 logo small

We gratefully acknowledge the funding support
of Western's Canada 150 Committee


Submit Your Proposal Here

The Prize

The artist or group selected to complete the artwork will receive $2,500.

Rules and Requirements

  • The proposed work could take the form of a banner, wall hanging, and or textile (or fabric collage), and may include traditional craft (for example, quilting, weaving), contemporary art practices (for example, photography, collage), or a combination of both.
  • The proposed work must be environmentally sustainable, contain no hazardous materials, and be recyclable.
  • Projects that incorporate recycled materials into the proposed work of art are encouraged. The work of art must meet Western’s health and safety policies for public spaces.
  • A jury will select three finalists. Each finalist or finalist group will receive an artist fee of $300 upon submission of a final plan and presentation to the jury.
  • The winning artist or winning group will receive an award of $2,500. A portion of the prize money will be give after an artists contract is signed, with the remainder awarded at the unveiling reception.
  • McIntosh Gallery will pay for and assist with installation materials and expenses, such as hanging mechanisms, etc.
  • The winner is responsible for material costs.

Size and Specifications

The area for installation requires that the work of art does not exceed the following specifications:

  • Height: 12 feet (3.66 m)
  • Width: 9 feet (2.74 m)
  • Depth: 1 foot maximum (30 cm)
  • Weight: 60 lbs (27 kg)
Wall for installation The wall overlooks this large atrium space
Photo of wall where artwork will be installed Atrium space

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Current full-time or part-time students at Western University or its affiliate University Colleges, including students at Western's English Language Centre (WELC). Individual or groups may apply. All members of a group application must be Western students.

Selection Process

A jury, including representatives of the Department of Visual Arts, McIntosh Gallery, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), will select three finalists from the submissions. Each finalist will receive an artist fee of $300 upon submission of a final, detailed plan and the completion of a presentation to the jury. If a final proposal is accepted, the artist or group of artists will receive $2,500. Technical support for the installation of the work of art in the Atrium will be provided by McIntosh Gallery.

How to Submit Your Entry

Individual students or collaborative groups are invited to register and submit drawings by March 31, 2017.

Please complete the proposal form, then email your drawings and plans to

Timeline for the Competition

March, 2017
Register your entry and submit your plans by March 31, 2017.

April, 2017
Judging process and selection of three finalists will take place

May-June, 2017
Finalist development and Presentation of Final Detailed plan.

July, 2017
Presentations to the Jury and Winner Selected

October 30, 2017
Artwork is due. The McIntosh Gallery will coordinate pick up and installation.

November, 2017
Art to be unveiled during International Week, November 13-17, 2017.

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Livingstone
Administrative Coordinator
Western International