Artist FAQs

Are there rules around artists’ eligibility?
You must be 16 years of age or older.
Your submitted design must be original.
You must sign the disclaimer on the entry form.

How do I become an artist for the Leacock Chairs project?
The first step is to pick up the Call to Artists Design and Information forms from ODAC (Orillia & District Arts Council – 37 Mississaga St. W., downtown Orillia) or download them from our website: Call to Artists, Artist Information, Design Entry Form

How do I know if my design is chosen for the project?
A jury will review all designs submitted. (Designs are due at ODAC by December 21.) If your design is chosen to present to chair sponsors, you will be notified in early January 2012.

After January 2012, the SPONSORS look through the jury-selected designs and choose one to sponsor. The artists of sponsored designs will be part of the Leacock Chairs project.

Can I find my own sponsor? How much is sponsorship?
Yes — you can absolutely find your own sponsor! Sponsorship is $1,750, and the sponsor has ownership rights to the chair at the end of the project. Please direct sponsors to Chairs can also be group-sponsored, e.g. groups of seven individuals or businesses @ $250 each. Group-sponsored chairs go to auction at the end of the project.

Does my chair have to be painted?
Although we anticipate most chairs will be painted, artists are not limited to painting. In past projects we have seen mosaics, vinyl wraps and fabric and glass elements. Designs MUST ensure public safety and be vandal-proof and weatherproof. (Chairs WILL be sat on by the public and will be outdoors for four months.)

How many chairs will be produced for the project?
The number of chairs produced depends on the number of sponors we secure. We can do a maximum of 100 chairs (although the project will go ahead whether we end up with 40, 50, 60 or 100 sponsors). Realistically, expect around 50–60 chairs to be sponsored.

What are the dimensions of the chair?
Height – 52″
Width (when looking straight on / outside of left armrest to outside or right armrest) – 38″
Back Cushion – 23″ across / 31″ long
Seat Cushion – 25″ across / 23 ” long
Weight – approximately 75 lbs.

What is the chair made of?
The chair, including the cushions, is made of sheet metal, which will be primed. The armrests are boxed compartments with see-through panels on the top. The front panels of the legs are made of a composite wood that will also be primed and ready to paint.

When can I start working on my chair?
The chairs all hand-made; each one takes many hours/days of labour. We anticipate having all the chairs ready for artists to pick up by May 1, 2012. Artists will have six to eight weeks to complete their chairs.

Can my chair be delivered to me?
We would like artists to make every effort to pick up their chairs. You will need a pick-up truck or empty van. If you are not able to pick up your chair, w
e can deliver chairs for a fee of $20 (Orillia locations).  For artists outside of Orillia, a delivery fee will be discussed.

When will the chairs be unveiled?
The Streets Alive! Kick-off and Grand Unveiling of the Leacock Chairs will be June 23, 2012 in downtown Orillia.

How does the Public Voting work?
Voting is done by ballot (one ballot per person aged 16 years or older). Voters may vote for up to five chairs as their favourites. Voting will begin on the Kick-off day (June 23) and will continue until July 28, when five People’s Choice winners will be announced as part of Downtown Orillia’s Leacock Sidewalk Sale event. Voters must be physically present in Orillia and vote by ballot.

How is the 1st place $10,000 winner selected?
The single chair that receives the most votes during the voting period wins the 1st place $10,000 prize. There are five prizes in total:

1st – $10,000
2nd – $5,000
3rd – $2,500
4th – $1,500

5th – $1,000

Who do I contact for more information?
Contact Streets Alive! Chair Leslie Fournier at


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