March 13 – April 11 2021

Luminosity is a COVID-safe outdoor art activation which supports the local business community and artist community.


Luminosity will take place between March 13 to April 11, 2021 and will feature a diverse range of light art installations along Queen Street East.

Installations will be installed across 3km of Queen Street, from Neville Park to Coxwell Road, allowing for visitors to explore the neighbourhood, in a socially distanced and safe way

The installations will transform familiar spaces into unique works of urban art and will welcome Torontonians to explore their city. They will allow visitors to experience the warmth of the light, through artist interpretation, and act as a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, following a difficult winter with COVID-19.


Please note that dates may change due to COVID. Public Health will always be the highest priority when making decisions about the activation.

Call for Submissions

The Beach Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) is seeking artists to create original artwork for Luminosity.

Installation and Budget

Artists are asked to consider proposing project concepts with a max budget of $4,000. The budget is encompassing of artists’ fee, materials, transportation, fabrication (where required) and installation. Artists are responsible to create and install their work, but will have some installation and technical support from the BIA

Artists are responsible for the strike and removal of their installation, with support from the BIA.

The BIA will cover the costs associated with City permitting, engineering reviews, site security, general event insurance. Artists will need their own liability insurance.

Artwork Considerations

The Beach Village BIA invites submissions for temporary work that uses light in some capacity. The use of solar and battery powered lights are recommended, as access to electricity is not available and cannot be guaranteed in all locations.

Selected artists will be notified to submit detailed fabrication (where applicable) and installation plans. Proposals should consider the public context and the varied audience that will be experiencing the work, as well as public safety and longevity of the work given the 4-week duration of Luminosity. Security will not be available for the duration of the event.

Artwork will be displayed outdoors in unprotected areas that may be inclemently affected with snow, rain,  variable, and sub-zero temperatures. Please plan for an outdoor location. Site locations are not finalized at this time but works will be centered along Queen Street East.

How to Apply

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

  • Proposed Artwork Concept for Installation. This proposal shall include conceptual design drawings, sketches, sufficient to communicate the artist concept. It should include a budget and describe the specifications for the artwork related to materials, size, weight, installation and technical requirements and maintenance guidelines.
  • Letter of Interest. No more than one page in length, which explains your interest in the competition. Please include your name and contact information.
  • Current Resume. If submitting as a team, an individual resume should be submitted for each team member. Please make sure your resume includes a link to your portfolio.
  • A list of at least two professional references familiar with your work and working methods. The list must include complete addresses and telephone numbers.

Email your submission to


EXTENDED DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by the Beach Village BIA by 4:30pm on Monday, February 8, 2021.


Submissions must be in PDF or Word documents, as one full document rather than as separate pieces. Email
subject line should read – Luminosity submission. Email notification will be sent to confirm receipt of
submission. If this is not received within 2-3 days, please contact at the email address provided above. 


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