Call to artists to paint murals on underpasses


The City of Ottawa is seeking artists to paint murals on the underside of Queensway underpasses located on Carling Avenue and on Bank Street.


This is the second year that the City has chosen to paint murals on underpasses. In 2014, murals were painted on Metcalfe Street where it passes under the Queensway, and Riverside Drive where it passes under Bronson Avenue.


This year’s locations were selected to enhance these underpasses as key gateways to the City, with the cooperation of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation.


Each location will feature a mural celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation to occur in 2017 on one wall of the underpass. Following neighbourhood-specific public consultations, local artists will install a community-inspired mural on the opposing wall of each underpass.


Interested artists can visit for more information on the application process and on selection criteria. The community-inspired murals will be chosen by an independent panel of local artists and community members.


Selected artists will be announced in July and they will be expected to complete the artwork by the end of August 2015.



Outdoor murals can reinvigorate main streets and bring vitality and civic pride to community cores. They have also proven to be successful in managing graffiti.


For more information call 3-1-1 or email


Find out all the latest information about Ottawa’s plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by visiting

OttawaStart Staff


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