PIVIK Mural - Call for Artists


Project: Creation of a student mural.


  • PIVIK general store managed by the University of Ottawa Students’ Union.
  • 85 University Private Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5


  • Pillar: 1346mm long by approximately 3048 mm high
  • Area facing the corridor: 4.1 m2 (45 square feet)


Project Introduction

We are an organization of students from different backgrounds. We strive to represent our members and despite our varied political views, we are united by a common goal: to improve student life on campus.

We are currently preparing the reopening of the student general store, PIVIK, a bilingual retail space designed to improve student living conditions: accessible, inclusive, ethical, and environmentally friendly.

Because art seems to us a wonderful way to transmit, to tell stories and to bring joy and emotion, we want to use three murals within the PIVIK to create a work of art representing the values of our union.

The first work of this project will symbolize our commitment to the decolonization. It will be placed on the central pillar of the commercial space and will remind us that the University campus belongs to the traditional and unceded land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people.

This project will ideally be created by an Indigenous artist(s) to honour the current and historical contributions of the Algonguin Anishinaabe peoples, as well as the struggles of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples to preserve their rights and protect their ancestral lands.

This art project may be filmed for promotional purposes.

Schedule and Budget

Budget: $ 2,500. This amount includes the fee of the selected artist(s) for the time of creation and production as well as the material costs incurred by the artist(s) for the realization of the project.

Application deadline: August 23, 2021

Selection date: August 23, 2021 – September 3, 2021

Date of realization: between September 6 and 10, 2021

Selection Process

The project may be produced by an artist or an artist collective. Preference will be given to proposals from self-identified First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists (at least one artist for collectives) and University of Ottawa alumni.

These criteria are elements of prioritization and may be subject to a request for justification.

The artist(s) applying will be required to provide references of artistic achievements that will allow the selection committee to visualize the artistic styles of the applicant(s).

The project will also be selected according to the artistic quality and the coherence of the proposal with the theme; the sustainability and the ecological character of the materials used will be taken into account.


To submit their application(s), the artist(s) must fill out the application form; collectives responding to this call must use the form either by indicating the name of the organization or that of a representative.

The form will include the following information: last name, first name, self-identification (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis / former or current uOttawa student), a link to artistic achievements (website, Instagram pages, or other forms of publication) as well as a short presentation of your interest in the subject.

The selected artist(s) will be contacted to make a presentation of the project including a representation (sketch – photo – inspiration images – colour palette) or may provide a video presentation of the project.

The list of materials for the realization will also have to be presented in order to encourage the use of environmentally friendly materials

Apply Here!

Application available until August 23, 2021.