Call for Submissions: WinterStations 2018 – RIOT

WinterStations is now embarking on its fourth year, again opening up an international design competition to bring temporary public art installations to The Beaches, an exhibition to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape.

This year we are hoping to include up to six lifeguard stands, including an additional three by invited universities, across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches located in the heart of the Beach community, south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature for temporary installations, which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather. The exhibition is to run February 19 until April 1, 2018.

This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for WinterStations' temporary artwork installations.


WinterStations 2018 theme: RIOT: violent disturbance; uproar; outburst of uncontrolled feelings; a large or varied display

The past year has been one of upheaval and continued uncertainty. Paradigms are shifting, lines of division appear to be drawn, perceptions skewed - it may feel we are losing sight of reality, or at least what we once considered normalcy. But century after century, from one era and generation to the next, what was once within the realm of fantasy and disbelief emerges to the surface proposing alternate, often conflicting realities and ways of going forward. And go forward we must!

This year's WinterStations theme, RIOT, is a call to artists and designers to act out. Your designs may be an active resistance expressed through a riot of colour, form and material. You may wish to speak to the political, cultural or environmental climate. You may rail against passive, placid art and design. You may, in a gesture of catharsis, unleash your inner turmoil. But please do remember, this exhibition is first and foremost a project to promote creativity and joy - basic, shared human qualities that bring us together and are needed now more than ever.

Given the success of the past year's re-use, repurpose, recycle initiative WinterStations continues to encourage proposals that evolve into future iterations, as on-going research and design projects and / or demonstrate an environmentally conscience post-exhibition lifecycle, including de-commissioning / removal.

There is no limit to the size of the installation, but please note that included in the jurors’ instructions will be durability and constructability. Installations cannot exceed the total cost outlined.

The jury may choose to pick up to ten proposals, in order of choice. The WinterStations team will review these proposals to determine constructability. From this list we are fundraising to build up to six installations.

Winning teams will be provided with an allowance for travel and accommodation to spend time in Toronto during the installation and the activities surrounding the opening,

The winning artists will be expected to provide a brief, 3 minute slide, video speaking presentation of the topic of their choice. February 19, 2018 at noon is the Beach openings where invited dignitaries will speak and the press will be present to interview artists and their works. These events provide opportunities for citizens of Toronto to engage directly with the designers. Members of the design team should expect to meet with media to discuss their designs and ideas.

This year, local design and art institutions will be represented by the University of Guelph, Ryerson University and the Ontario College of Art. with teams of students designing and fabricating installations for three stands.

The Lifeguard Stands

The lifeguard stands are essentially identical. They are sturdy steel structures to which the installation is to be fastened. The method of fastening is up to each competitor, however it may not result in any damage to or modification of the structure. As this is the off-season for use, there are few restrictions on covering the stations; the three exceptions are: the shepherds’ hook, the lifesaving ring and any emergency signage.

Please assume minimal security during the event and the possibility of vandalism or simply wear and tear from the curious. There will be no power or utilities available. Neither should an installation propose solar lighting or fire. Proposals should indicate how materials may be disposed of or recycled at the end of the display period. Please designate on your entry if your design is specific to one particular station.

Selection and Approval Process

Once the Jury has met and determined a short list of entrants, a technical review of the finalists will be conducted in order to ensure the constructability of the projects. Those on the shortlist will be assigned a construction team lead by a project manager, chosen by the organizers to produce the appropriate working drawings in order to ensure that the construction is feasible and within budget. This collaboration will take place from December 2017 through to installation. The final winners will be announced around December 6, 2017.

All construction will be carried out in Toronto by firms selected by the organizers and overseen by the entrant, the project manager and the construction team. The entrants chosen to participate in this competition agree to work to the schedule established by the organizers.

Concept Proposal Submission

The entries must be submitted electronically as three separate PDF files not exceeding 7MB each.

Each entry must contain, in order, the following documents (in English):

Registration/sign up Form (electronic)

Page One - 11 x 17" (279mm x 432mm) - Project Summary

1 page maximum
A maximum of 150 word text describing the project and presenting the experience offered by the visitors
Layout of selected images and drawings describing the project.

Page Two - 11 x 17" (279mm x 432mm) - Images and Drawings

1 page maximum
4 main views or elevations of the installation indicating size and specification of materials. Entrant is free to choose the scale.
A perspective showing the design in its entirety.
Rough-order-of-magnitude cost for artwork installation;

Page Three - 8.5 x 11" (216mm x 279mm) - Team Information

Four (4) pages maximum
Design team member names, with brief CV for each.
A 100 word description of the team, highlighting its strength.
Name, location and date of recent publications, projects, or exhibitions.
Images of selected projects for which team members have been responsible, followed with a brief description.

Each document must include the Name of the project however there must be no information on page one or two of the design proposal that would identify the entrant. Note that Team Information (Page 3) will be withheld from the Jury until after their deliberation.

Apart from page 3, only single-page PDFs will be accepted.

  • Schedule
  • Competition Launch September 15, 2017
  • End of Question Period October 6, 2017
  • Proposals Due November 3, 2017
  • Jury Meets November 16, 2017
  • Costing + Consultation to Begin November 22, 2017
  • Winners Announced December 15, 2017
  • Opening February 19, 2018
  • Winter Stations 2018 Concludes April 1, 2018


The budget for the installation, including design, supply, installation and removal is: $10,000.00 CAD.

An honorarium will be provided to winners and allocated as follows:

• Design Fee - $3,500.00 CAD

• Artist Travel and Expenses - $1,500.00 CAD if applicable.

The budget will be controlled with funds held and disbursed by WinterStations Inc.

Supply, Install, Fabrication

A General Contractor under the direction of WinterStations will be responsible for consultation, fabrication, installation and removal. The Artist will be expected, and can expect, to coordinate with the supplier through all phases of project execution, including design development, fabrication, and installation and commissioning. WinterStations Inc. will be involved in the coordination of the design, supply, delivery, installation and removal of the installations and ensure compliance with local building codes, as well as the artistic intent of the installations and the project.

The Artist will provide drawings, materials specifications and other materials of detail sufficient to construct the artwork. The Artist can expect to review and comment on the progress of the fabrication of their artwork, including installation and commissioning.


The project Sponsors and their sub-contractors will provide project specific general commercial liability insurance for the installations throughout the duration of the exhibit.


Copyright in the Artwork shall continue to be owned by the Artist. In view of the intention that the Artwork in its final dimensions and composition be unique, the Artist shall not make any duplicate reproductions of the Artwork. For archival purposes, the Sponsors will keep any submitted drawings, plans and compositions and will not reproduce in whole or sell them. Nothing in this Agreement shall, however, prevent the Artist from making other works of art that are materially different than the Artwork using combinations of the same materials and in different configurations.

The Artist agrees that the Sponsors shall have the right and license to reproduce in printed two dimensional form images of the Artwork or working drawings on non-commercial and commercial documents and brochures advertising or promoting the Project or Sponsors and on the Sponsors' website. Such reproductions of the Artwork shall be deemed to not constitute a breach of copyright in any way and no royalty fee shall be due or payable to the Artist by the Sponsors or their affiliates and/or related entities or any subsequent owner of the Artwork for such use. The Sponsors shall, where reasonably possible, use its best efforts to give reference to the name of the Artist on such reproductions and use of the images of the Artwork for publicity and promotion. Third parties approaching the Sponsors for permission to use an image of the Artwork will be referred by the Sponsors to the Artist.

The Artist grants full permission for exhibition rights in perpetuity to the Sponsors and any of its successors or assigns, limited to the current installation and agrees that the display of the Artwork at the Installation Site in no way constitutes a breach of any exhibition rights, which may exist under the Copyright Act.

The Artist agrees that the use of the Artwork as is envisaged in this Agreement in no way interferes with or violates any moral rights of the Artist related to the Artwork and Sponsor agrees to use its best efforts to protect and conserve the Artwork’s aesthetic integrity and will at all times respect the Artist's moral rights in the Artwork.

The Artist warrants and represents that the Artwork is original to the Artist and does not violate any copyright of any other person or entity. The Artist shall indemnify the Sponsors against any loss, cost or expense suffered as a breach of this representation and warranty.


Non-Canadian artists, should they be awarded this contract, are responsible to submit an application waiver for withholding tax, for artist fees, on work done in Canada to the Canada Revenue Agency. If a waiver is not obtained 6 months before the installation date, the City of Toronto is required to withhold 15% of the total artist fees, for work done in Canada, in order to release the artist's final payment.

  • Title

    Call for Submissions: WinterStations 2018 – RIOT
  • Type

    Call for Submissions
  • Organizers

  • Submission Deadline

    November 03, 2017 10:12 AM
  • Venue

    Toronto Beaches
  • Price


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Cite: "Call for Submissions: WinterStations 2018 – RIOT" 06 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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