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*Please note that the 2017 call for proposals is now closed. 

Submission Deadline:

June 4, 2017

Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a contemporary artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. The program offers an opportunity for creators to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community. Previous participants have included Derek Sullivan, Roula Partheniou, Jon Sasaki, and Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky.

The 2017 Temporary Contemporary program invites proposals from Indigenous artists across Canada to envision and implement an installation at our Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga. Sheridan is committed to developing a purposeful response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. To that end, the 2017 Temporary Contemporary program will focus on bringing voices together in conversation around Indigenous experiences and values.


Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus is located on the traditional territorial lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Please propose a work, executed in any medium (including performance), situated with specificity in one of the indoor public spaces of the Hazel McCallion Campus B-Wing.

Click here for a PDF version of the RFP including floor plans of the designated area


The selected artist will have a home in the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support as well as the Institute for Creativity while undertaking their project at Sheridan. We have a wide range of technical resources and facilities across our campuses. Within a defined scope, Sheridan can offer some support in developing and building your work. Some examples of resources to consider:

  • Crafts Studios: Glass, Textiles, Woodworking, Ceramics, Industrial Design
  • Advanced technologies such as immersive and augmented realities
  • Advanced Manufacturing technologies (rapid prototyping, waterjet technology, laser, CNC)


Consistent with Indigenous traditional teachings, our selection panel seeks projects with a holistic approach to learning through the creative process. A key component of the Temporary Contemporary program will be to engage and mentor students across disciplines. Please identify in your project description how you will involve students in the process of creating and installing your work. We would like to understand how you would inspire and guide students through sharing your practices, journey, and experience as a professional artist. Some possibilities could include workshops, or participation in the visioning and fabrication of your work.


The artist who is selected to implement their project at Sheridan will participate in a public talk that engages with Sheridan and its communities about what was learned and what was shared through the creation of the work.


The selection panel will identify a shortlist of three proposals from the applicant pool. We will invite the shortlisted artists to Sheridan to tour our facilities and meet our panelists. During their visit, each candidate will present their proposal and respond to questions from the panel. The three shortlisted candidates will be awarded an honourarium of $500 for travel expenses and time. The final successful candidate will be provided with a $15,000 budget to cover all expenses of the project.

Our selection panel will be comprised of Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support Manager and Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, members of Sheridan’s Indigenous community, Sheridan faculty, and Sheridan’s Creative Campus Galleries Curator.


Submission deadline: June 4, 2017

All proposal materials should be collated into a single PDF and submitted to

Proposal Checklist:

    • Project description (maximum 500 words)
    • A sketch or other visual representation of the proposed work
    • Artist Statement (maximum 300 words)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Itemized budget indicating how the $15,000 would be allocated (including all costs for fabrication, transportation, and mentorship of students)
    • Description of the proposed site for the work, including dimensions and technical details about construction and installation (maximum 500 words) 
    • List of Sheridan resources you would like to access to implement the project, including detailed notes about how you would like to use them
    • Proposed timeline for the project (final installation must occur after September 2017 and before March 2018)



Past Temporary Contemporary Projects

Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support

Hazel McCallion Campus