winter stations 2020

Winter Stations 2020

Submission: November 17, 2019
Registration: November 17, 2019
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


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) must not be ignored in the design and can be used as either an armature for the installations, a central feature, or otherwise linked to the installation. As in previous years, Winter Stations intends to build approximately four winning proposals for a six-week exhibition along the waterfront and, funding permitted, hopes to do so again this year.

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


The Winter Stations 2020 theme is Beyond the Five Senses.

How many senses do we have? And what do they tell us about the world that surrounds us and our place within it?

When we think of our senses we commonly refer to sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. But we now understand there are many more, such as our sense of balance and proprioception. Our senses interact and overlap to provide us with a picture of our environment and can inform how we interact with it.

The theme of Beyond the Five Senses may explore these interactions and intersections, as well as the multitude of other senses we have, or may have, to demonstrate our subjective relationship to reality or display a distorted one. Installations may show how our senses work or appeal to one or more specific senses. Ideally, the exhibition will present some understanding of how humans (and of course animals!) make meaning of their world, both internal and external.


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 – $3,500.00 CAD

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

Read the full competition brief at http://www.winterstations.com for details.

Registration and submissions are due November 17, 2019.

Go to the competition’s website