StreetARToronto / Financial District BIA Call to Graphic Designers + Artists for Expressions of Interest

The Outside the Box program provides an opportunity for local artists and designers to create works of art on traffic signal boxes across Toronto. 


Since 2013, over 350 boxes have been hand-painted by local artists, or wrapped featuring designs by local graphic designers, and transformed into extraordinary works of art. Artists and graphic designers applying to this program are encouraged to consider the context of the local area and the city as a whole.


Application Deadline:

March 5, 2018 by 4:30PM


The City of Toronto invites designers to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to create designs that will be digitally reproduced on two-dimensional vinyl wraps and installed on traffic signal control cabinets located at intersections within the City of Toronto Financial District. This request pertains to the design of graphic and photographic artwork only.

This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the Public Realm Section of the City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division in collaboration with the Financial District Business Improvement Area. The goal of this project is to beautify and animate the streetscape within the boundaries of the Financial District.


Call Summary

Based on relevant professional credentials and a portfolio of past work submitted in response to this EOI, a short-list of applicants will be invited to respond to a Request for Proposal to prepare an initial design for public review and input. Short listed artists will be paid a fee of $1,000 total for their initial design(s) and any modifications they choose to make following public input. At the final stage of the process, proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee which will recommend artists for the project. It is anticipated that several designs will be selected and used throughout the Financial District. 


For details and to apply, visit the official website.