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Winter Stations Design Competition 2021 | Call for Submissions

Design Competition Deadline: Nov 25, 2021

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What is Winter Stations?
Winter Stations is a single-stage international design competition held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Participants are tasked with designing temporary winter art installations which incorporate existing lifeguard towers spaced strategically across the city’s Kew and Woodbine beaches. The structures (not in use in the wintertime) are considered visual anchor points for the installations.

As in previous years, Winter Stations intends to build 4-6 winning proposals for a six-week exhibition along the waterfront, funding permitted.

While Toronto beaches are not typically as well visited in the colder seasons, Winter Stations has captured the imagination of the city. Designers can expect their designs to be well-visited and should anticipate public interaction.

The competition is open to everyone in the world. There is no fee to enter.


2022 Theme: Resilience
Over the course of the last year and a half, we have so clearly witnessed the immense ability of people to withstand and push through challenging and unprecedented times.. In recognition and celebration of this courage, the theme chosen for the 2022 edition of Winter Stations is Resilience: the ability to withstand adversity and recover from difficulties.

To be resilient, one is faced with hardship, confronts it, and pushes to overcome it. Whether on a micro or macro scale, families, livelihoods, cities, and countries have experienced loss and isolation – but also – have been presented with great opportunities for adaptation and growth. This year, we not only reflect on all the ways people have had to be resilient, but the ways people have channeled this resilience, be it through communities, movements, support networks and more.

As Winter Stations moves forward this year, we are adapting and evolving, as many are, and ask designers to conceptualize their station to be experienced up close and from afar, in-person and virtually, as we acknowledge in-person and travel restrictions. Furthermore, given unforeseen circumstances regarding our installation sites, stations should be designed structurally independent of the lifeguard stands and be suitable for both a sandy beach environment and a flat urban surface.


The Lifeguard Stands
The lifeguard stands are essentially identical and can be incorporated into the installation – however designs should not depend on structurally fastening or modifying the stands in any manner. The stands are a visual anchor to the installations and designs must be able to be exhibited independent of the lifeguard stands.

Please assume minimal security and the possibility of vandalism or simply wear and tear from the curious. There would be no power or utilities available. Installations should not propose use of electricity or fire. Proposals should indicate how materials would be disposed of, recycled and/or repurposed at the end of the display period.


Submission Guidelines
The entries must be submitted electronically as two separate PDF files not exceeding 7MB each. Each entry should contain, in order, the following documents (in English):

Page One – 11” x 17” (279mm x 432mm) – Project Summary

  • 1 page maximum
  • A maximum of 150-word text describing the project and presenting the experience offered by the visitors
  • Layout of selected images and drawings describing the project

Page Two – 11” x 17” (279mm x 432mm) – Images and Drawings

  • 1 page maximum
  • 4 main views or elevations of the installation indicating size and specification of materials. Entrant is free to choose the scale
  • A perspective showing the design in its entirety
  • Rough-order-of-magnitude cost for artwork installation/li>

Page Three – 11” x 17” (279mm x 432mm) – Project Credits

  • Name of the installation, and the designer(s) who worked on it
  • Contact info for every member of the team, including email and phone number
  • Name of design studio, or practice (if applicable)


  • Each document must include the name of the project however there must be no information on page one or two of the design proposal that would identify the entrant. This info should only appear on page three.
  • Only single-page PDFs will be accepted.
  • Proposals may be landscape or portrait format.
  • Please be aware that submissions will be reviewed by the jury as hard copies (i.e. do not attempt to attach hyperlinks, videos, or any other digital content to the pdf files).
  • Submissions by email will not be accepted; if you wish to submit, please do so electronically through the Dropbox link.
  • Please use the following naming conventions: save your files with the the name of the installation. For example:BellyOfTheBear.pdf. For multiple files, add a number at the end of the file name. For example: BellyOfTheBear1 and BellyOfTheBear2.

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Proposals should adhere to the following budget for submissions:

  • $5,000.00 CAD for materials
  • $10,000.00 CAD for labour


An honorarium will be provided to winners and allocated as follows:

  • Design Fee – $2,500.00 CAD
  • Artist Travel and Expenses – $1,500.00 CAD (if applicable).