Paved Paradise 2022: Call for submissions to beautify downtown core

The Paved Paradise public art exhibit makes use of seven pedestrian-level billboards, which will be on display from June to November this year. Photo via City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston is once again planning a ‘Paved Paradise’ project, a temporary public art exhibit right in the heart of the downtown core.

The Paved Paradise project debuted in 2018, and this year, the City is looking for submissions that will “be vibrant and visually captivating and enhance the area as a welcoming, inclusive, and people-oriented space,” the City said in a press release on Monday, Mar. 7, 2022.

The exhibit includes seven pedestrian-level billboards located on the north side of Brock Street at Ontario Street, facing Kingston City Hall. The 2022 exhibit will be in place from June to November of this year.

Map of the Paved Paradise installation site at the corner of Brock and Ontario Streets. The black lines indicate the locations of the billboards. Photo via City of Kingston.

The call for submissions is open to all Kingston-based artists, creatives and collectives, including but not limited to mural and street artists, painters, photographers, illustrators, mixed media artists, and print makers. The deadline to apply is Friday, Apr. 15, 2022, at 3 p.m.

Additionally, the City will host an Artist Information Session on Wednesday, Mar. 23 at 7 p.m. over Zoom. There, artists will be invited to view a presentation and ask questions about the submission requirements and the assessment process. Interested artists are asked to RSVP at [email protected] or visit the City’s Facebook event page before Friday, Mar. 18, 2022, for virtual meeting details.

For more details, visit the City’s Call for Submissions page here. For more on public art in Kingston, see www.CityofKingston.ca/PublicArt

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