The Legislative Assembly of Ontario invites Ontario-based Indigenous wood artists to submit for consideration an Expression of interest to design and carve fixed art pieces for the Legislative Chamber.

Background

As the seat of Ontario’s provincial Parliament, the Legislative Building is a physical symbol representing our province. At the heart of the building is the Legislative Chamber where members of provincial Parliament meet to debate and pass bills on behalf of Ontarians.

For 125 years, Ontario’s Legislative Chamber has brought many people with different opinions together to seek consensus. The Chamber has a rich heritage and contains a number of intricate wood carvings set in mahogany and Canadian sycamore. Inspired by medieval architecture, renderings of gargoyles and mythical creatures are intended to scare away evil spirits, while Latin mottoes inscribed on pillars promote good governance. These pieces are beautiful and historically significant, but they lack representation from the province’s First Peoples.

For more information, please visit:  https://www.ola.org/en/call-submissions-indigenous-artwork