Working with the Zibi team, Artscape will be piloting Artscape Atelier by commissioning artists to create works that will animate this new community. We will also be speaking directly to the local arts and culture sector to learn more about the needs and aspirations of the creative community in the region, and how Artscape Atelier would best serve them. If the pilot is successful, we will expand to provide access to production space and explore the integration of affordable housing into the model.

If you are an artist living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region (particularly from the Algonquin-Anishinaabe community) and are interested in participating in our current pilot with Zibi, please click on the button below to submit your proposal.

In order to submit a proposal, you will need to: 1. Create a free account on Submittable2. Complete the application online (you can save your work and return to edit at any time)3. Submit your proposal before the deadline

Open Calls for Artscape Atelier at Zibi

Artist Residency - Request for Expressions of Interest (English | French) *Closes February 21*


We are piloting Artscape Atelier at Zibi, a community redevelopment project by Dream Unlimited Corp and Theia Partners in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

The Zibi project aspires to combine nature, culture and local heritage to create a new kind of community. Located where the Ottawa, Gatineau and Algonquin communities converge, Dream Unlimited Corp and Theia Partners plan to transform this derelict land, previously slated for industrial use, into a blend of residential housing types of low and high rise condominium towers and townhomes, commercial and office space, unique waterfront plazas and outdoor squares and recreational facilities, whose modern design will respect and incorporate the heritage of the area. “Zibi”, the Anishinaabe word for “river”, was chosen for this redeveloped community to honour the river and the Algonquin-Anishinaabe people. This project offers a unique opportunity for Artscape and local artists to collaborate on artworks and art-making that is meaningful for the site’s First Nations heritage, such as honouring culturally and historically significant places, interpretive signage, themed places, and areas for contemplation. We strongly encourage artists from the Algonquin-Anishinaabe community to apply. “We’re thrilled to partner with Artscape to test the Artscape Atelier model,” said  Jeff Westeinde, President of Zibi. “Artists can offer amazingly innovative and creative solutions to building more vibrant and liveable communities. In engaging the creative community in Ottawa-Gatineau to help design Zibi, we are excited to see the many positive artistic and cultural innovations they will contribute to this new neighbourhood.”
Click this link to read about Zibi's Heritage Plan.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Zibi site is situated where the Ottawa, Gatineau and Algonquin-Anishinabe communities converge, which offers an exciting opportunity to work towards a unique integration of art and culture that reflects the diverse heritage of the region. The vision for the site is grounded both in principles of sustainability (guided by the One Planet Living program) and connection to cultural heritage – this vision offered an ideal alignment with Artscape’s work towards healthier and happier communities. As the Zibi community is only now being developed, it also offers the chance for artists to be engaged in shaping the site from the very beginning. The Zibi project is being led in part by Dream, a real estate company that Artscape has worked alongside of as part of the redevelopment of the Distillery District in Toronto. Through our work in the Distillery District, both Artscape and Dream share an understanding of how arts and culture can be a catalyst for change in the regeneration of a formerly industrial area.

Artscape will be working with the Zibi team to identify opportunities for artists to be commissioned to fulfill some of their public realm needs or to otherwise contribute their skills to the built environment. We will take on management of the commissioning process, working directly with the artists and coordinating selection, production and installation of the artistic works. Zibi will be funding the process, including commissions for the artists. In addition, artists may also interact with Zibi landscaping or construction personnel during the fabrication and/or installation of their works.

If you are an artist living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and are interested in applying to calls through Artscape Atelier at Zibi, please monitor our profile on Submittable. We strongly encourage members of the Algonquin-Anishinabe community to engage and submit applications. If you work in the Ottawa-Gatineau arts and culture sector and would like to provide your thoughts on the model, please contact us at


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