Open Call for Proposals

Uncommon Common Art - Annual temporary public art exhibition


Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017,

A jury composed of professional artists and community members will select the artists for the exhibition. Applicants will be notified March 15.


Information sessions:

Halifax - January 24th, 7:30 to 8:30, VANS 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

Wolfville - January 25th, 7:30 to 8:30, Irving Centre 32 University Ave, Wolfville


Uncommon Common Art (UCA) is an annual site responsive art project that brings visual art out of institutions and into rural communities of Kings County, Nova Scotia between June 1 to October 31. This free event, now in its 10th year, highlights the exceptional location of the Minas Basin Valley. UCA Guidebooks leads residents and visitors to explore the art installations in our communities, nature trails, and country lanes. Our projects expand the relationship of art and nature, and constantly work to make visual art and physical activity a more important part of life in Kings County.


Curatorial Statement

Drawing on the rich geological, historical, and the possible futures of Kings County, Uncommon Common Art 2017 seeks public art installations that frame this landscape through concepts of the terrestrial and the subterranean.


The vast tidal range of the Minas Basin situates the exhibition on the threshold of the shore where the landscape, in a constant state of flux, is continuously reshaped. Amidst subterranean layers of human habitation and a broad historical context, a range of locations await the artists’ response. Within the interconnected threads of these communities, Uncommon Common Art 2017 raises questions of how site-specific public art can respond/reveal a multiplicity of perspectives within the spaces we inhabit. Can art in public space unearth histories that are hidden or contested? What are the immediate and long term effects on public space where art is situated? Does the artwork continue to resonate once it is removed?


The work included in the 2017 Uncommon Common Art exhibition draws together unique regional perspectives to present a range of contained and potential narratives within communities that border the Minas Basin.



All installations are to be located outside in Kings County Nova Scotia and are to be accessible to the public.  If on private land the artist must seek written approval of the land owner.



Fees to artist - minimum $250 in alignment with CARFAC.



This is a visual art project and all media is welcome.  Installations are to be temporary. Artwork is to be completed and installed by May 25 and removed October 31, 2017.


Proposal will be juried on the following criteria maximum 30 points; relationship to the location 10 points, visual impact 10 points, viability of completion 7 points,  artists relationship to Kings County 3 points.


Include the following -

1. a proposal detailing your project, drawings, photos of similar work, and/or written explanations.

2.  Images of previous artwork 3-5.

3. A timeline of work and completion

4. CV (max 3-pages)

5. Artist statement (250 -350 words).

6. Short bio (250 words)

7. Civic mailing address, phone number, email address.


Please send your submissions electronically to, subject line “submission”.



Selected artists will be notified by email, within two weeks of the submission deadline. If your project is selected, you will be required to sign an artist agreement.


SIte Suggestions


1. Any Green Space in Wolfville


2. Kentville Gorge


3. Kentville Minor’s Marsh


4. Kentville Ravine


5. Kentville Oakdene Park


6. Most green space in Berwick


7. Planters Ridge Winery - Port Williams


8. Domaine de GrandPre Winery - Grand Pre


9. Tap Root Farm - Port Williams (secured)


10. Trails behind Noggins Corner - Greenwich


11.  Centre for Small Farms


12. Grand Pre Historic site (content must be approved)


13. The Rail Trail between Grand Pre and Berwick


14. Halls Harbour Eco-trail


15. Wolfville Nature Preserve (up towards the South Mountain)


16. Kingsport Beach


17. Scots Bay area


18 Huntington’s Point Beach


19. Evangeline Beach