cool gardens 2018

Cool Gardens 2018

Submission: January 15, 2018
Registration: December 21, 2017
Language: English
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Cool Gardens is pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Submissions for the international Competition! Cool Gardens will take place from July 2nd to September 24th, 2018. Presented by StorefrontMB and The Forks, Cool Gardens is an exhibit of contemporary garden and art installations that offers a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in Winnipeg and Brandon.

The 2018 Competition seeks creative proposals from designers, architects, landscape architects, and / or artists who are interested in challenging and celebrating the interface between urbanism, landscape, and design. Engage the urban design culture of Winnipeg! Register today!


The Call for Entries 2018 seeks creative entries that prompt curiosity, play, and appreciation of urban spaces by highlighting the significance of nature, art, and design. Central to Cool Gardens is the idea that contemporary design can instigate participation in public spaces in interactive, critical, poetic, and meaningful ways. The intention of this emergent festival is to provoke questions about our public spaces and about the role of landscape architecture and design to give enhanced meaning and value to our urban culture. Cool Gardens thus animates our public spaces with a critical collection of experiences – expanding the idea of what a garden might be. Cool Gardens expands the vocabulary of garden design and serves as a learning tool. As we go back to our boulevards and backyards we hope to spread the creativity of Cool Gardens to the everyday practice of gardening in our city and region, creating in the process a dialogue on contemporary design with our sister cities across Canada and the world.


Final budgets for the gardens will be subject to funding, the recommended breakdown is as follows:

_ Team / Artist Fees $1,500

_ Hardscaping: $2,500

_ Softscaping: $3,500

_ Labour/installation: $2,500

_ Total Budget: $10,000

The winning entrants will manage and oversee the construction of the gardens in consultation with Cool Gardens curators. Installation of the gardens will be executed by the designers, or managed by them and paid for from the Total Budget:

In addition, up to $1000 will be provided to help offset 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. Teams are also encouraged to source additional funding or in-kind contributions for their installations if actual costs exceed the Total Installation Budget. Gardens may be exhibited for more than one year. In the case where a garden is re-mounted, the design team will receive an additional honorarium.


This Call for Proposals is open to teams and individuals consisting of designers, architects, landscape architects, and / or artists. Individuals may be students, interns, or practitioners. Multiple submissions are permitted although a separate registration fee will be required for each submission.

Go to the competition’s website