Durham Calls for Artists

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Request for Proposals/Qualifications and Services

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for upcoming public art projects, including the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Project. Apply today!

Project Overview

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios as an entry to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry will serve as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Access to a predetermined network of qualified artists saves artists and staff members valuable time by making the process for responding to the numerous calls issued by the City more efficient. It also strengthens and streamlines the program by maintaining a database of artists in the community with particular skill sets.

The application process does not have a deadline. 

Submission Requirements

Application materials must be received on Cafe. Items required include:

  • Artist Statement
    Briefly describe your experience, your discipline(s), and your qualifications for completing artworks. Artist teams should explain their interest and qualifications collectively.
  • Images
  • Resume
  • References


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Application Portal via CaFÉ

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Sign up for email ALerts 

To be notified of subsequent Calls for Artists (Requests for Proposals (RFP), Request for Qualifications (RFQ), etc.) from the City of Durham's Cultural and Public Art Program, sign-up here:

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Local & Regional Calls for Artists  

For more local and regional call for artists opportunities, please visit Durham County, Durham Arts Council and Triangle Artworks' websites: 

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Local Artists Survey

The City of Durham's resident advisory board, the Public Art Committee, recently conducted a capacity building survey with the intention to collect information from local artists and those interested in public art. The survey aimed to collect information to help promote public art training for our local artist community, gather information and resources that are relevant to and sought out by the artist community, and ultimately provide these resources in an effective manner. 

The survey closed on November 1, 2022. 

To learn more about the Public Art Committee and their work, visit: https://www.durhamnc.gov/453/Public-Art-Committee


For information about calls for artists, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245.