Workshop with Adrian Göllner: Demystifying the Public Art Process

Modern Fuel is pleased to have Adrian Göllner lead this extensive workshop on Demystifying the Public Art Process. 
Time: 1pm. Duration: approximately 3 hours. 
Price: Modern Fuel members and students: $10; General Admission: $15

City after city in North America are developing public art programs. Taking a cue from cities such as Chicago that have successfully utilized public art and architecture to re-invent how the world perceives them, municipal governments are adopting percent-for-art bylaws. In Toronto, all private and public buildings and infrastructure must provide 1% of the construction budget for public art. This has resulted hundreds of public art opportunities for artists, but understanding and navigating the public art process remains a mystery for many.

This workshop will introduce attendees to the specific challenges of the process, as well as acquaint them with the conceptual mindset required to address and win a public art commission. Using a combination of art history and his own successes and failures to illustrate his points, Göllner will demonstrate the inter-relationship between studio and public art practices. He will then breakdown the competition process into phases and offer his insights on how best these can be navigated. To conclude, attendees will work in teams to develop public art concept proposals for a particular site in downtown Kingston.


Adrian Göllner is interested to heighten the viewer's sense of self and their surroundings. In an art practice that employs a wide range of techniques and mediums, Göllner divides his time between creating small, conceptual drawings in the studio and implementing public art commissions at a much larger scale. While continuing to mount exhibitions at home and abroad, Göllner has had the good fortune to have received 20 public art commissions, including works the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the sixteen towers of CityPlace in Toronto, and the Canadian Embassies in Berlin and Moscow.

Adrian Göllner worked as the administrative assistant at Modern Fuel in 1985-86 and received his BFA from Queen’s University in 1987. Since graduating, he has maintained an art practice in Ottawa while advocating for artists’ rights and serving on a number of gallery boards. He has a website at which he struggles to keep up-to-date.