Call for Submissions: Cool Gardens 2020

Storefront Manitoba and The Forks invite design teams to submit proposals for a temporary, contemporary garden installation to be located at The Forks in Winnipeg.

Floating Flowers by Floating Fantasy (Hugo Bertrand & Noël Picaper) Paris, France (2018 Competition Winner) Photography by: Stationpoint Photographic

Cool Gardens is a public garden, art and architecture exhibition that offers a shift of sensation for the summer with “cooling” as a general theme.

The annual installation takes place from the beginning of July until the end of September and brings architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture.

The 2020 call for entries seeks creative projects that prompt curiosity, play, and appreciation of urban spaces by highlighting the significance of nature, art, and design.

Winning proposals will be selected on the basis of: artistic merit (creativity, originality, clarity, vision, experimentation, clarity, rigour, relevance, and cultural integrity), durability, barrier-free accessibility, ease of fabrication and decommissioning, budget, interpretation of site and cooling, safety, and potential for public engagement.

In addition, up to $1000 will be provided to help o set transport and accommodation costs for each winning team from outside the province of Manitoba. Out-of-province teams are encouraged to seek travel grants from their own jurisdictions to make up the difference.

The deadline to submit proposals for Cool Gardens 2020 competition is: January 15th, 2020 6PM CST. All Registration forms + Registration Fees must be received no later than: December 20th, 2019 6PM CST.

The competition brief can be downloaded here.