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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Meeting Room/Flex Space Activation

Pictured: Connect by Safoura Zahedi in Studio 207. Photo by Gabby Frank.

Application deadline: Wednesday December 4, 2019 at noon.

The Gladstone Hotel presents its 2nd annual opportunity for an individual artist or collective to create a contemporary art/design-based project to activate and enhance a meeting/lounge space on our second floor.

Specifically, we are looking for an artist/designer to create a thoughtful, artistic and beautiful environment for people to gather, collaborate, and work and celebrate. 

The project will be launched at Come Up To My Room (January 16-19, 2020) and installed for 6-12 months. 

The Gladstone will pay an artist honourarium of $2000 to the selected artist(s)/designer(s).

Materials could include (but are not limited to) plastic, glass, wood, printed vinyl, textiles, metal. See criteria below for further details.

The room is approximately 17’8” x 13’. There are 2 sets of bay windows, each approximately 11’ wide x 8’ high. One faces south, overlooking Queen Street, and the other faces west, overlooking Gladstone Avenue.

Installation of the project is the responsibility of the artist.


  • The project may consider the walls, ceiling and windows, but must accommodate future furnishings and fixtures and optimize flexibility of furniture layouts, AV requirements and floor plans for event bookings in the space. Furniture will be part of the room at all times, including CUTMR and Grow Op. 
  • The project must create an interior environment suitable for hosting a variety of events from meetings to intimate social gatherings and be visible and engaging from street level as well. 
  • The project may include lighting elements but these must work with the standard room lighting. Lighting/effects cannot impede visibility for reading, computer work, viewing of screen projections, etc.
  • Anything suspended from the ceiling must be extremely lightweight. Suitable materials include textiles, mylar, or lightweight plastic. 
  • Work can be mounted on the walls. In order to maximize the space of the room, any wall mounted work must be low relief work. Materials could include (but are not limited to) plastic, glass, wood, printed vinyl.
  • The project should consider daytime and nighttime visibility from the exterior.
  • The project cannot alter or impact historic woodwork or existing architecture.
  • The space is unfacilitated so the project must be durable and able to withstand some contact or touching. Elements must be secure and should not be able to be knocked over or broken due to accidental light contact.

All work is returned to the artist at the end of the contract.

To apply, please submit the following by email to Lee Petrie, Exhibitions Director at

  • Artist CV
  • Artist bio
  • Links to artist website and/or instagram
  • Description of how you propose to enhance the space.
  • 5 images of work that relates to your proposal of how you would use the space. Images must not be larger than 500KB each.

Application deadline: Wednesday December 4, 2019 at noon