Call to artists

Elm tree transformation

The Festival du Voyageur invites Manitoba’s professional artists to present proposals to transform an elm tree in Whittier Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, located on Treaty One Territory that has been infected with Dutch elm disease. The unveiling of the work is planned for August 2017.

Project Vision:

The Festival is looking for an artist who is interested in creating a permanent art piece. We will undertake tests to determine the exact age of the tree, but we estimate that it is more than 200 years old. Since the Festival du Voyageur celebrates the history of the fur trade and our vibrant Franco-Manitoban community, we would like the sculpture to be inspired by and celebrate the heritage of the region and our community.

Project schedule:

March 20, 2017 : Circulation of the call to artists

April 21, 2017: Deadline for receipt of applications (complete dossiers)

April 28, 2017, 12pm:  New deadline for receipt of applications (complete dossiers)

May 1-5, 2017: Selection Committee review of applications and selection of three (3) shortlist artists to submit a project proposal.

May 8-12, 2017: Information session and site visit with shortlisted artists

May 29, 2017: Reception of final project proposals with sketch and / or model.

May 31, 2017: Selection committee selects the finalist.

June 5-8, 2017 : Interviews with the artist.

June 12, 2017: Signing of contract and insurance preparation.

June 12, 2017 – August 10, 2017: Creation of the work.

Mid-August 2017: Unveiling of the work.


Please note that all dates are subject to change and that all bidders will be notified of any changes in dates.