Entrance mural – call for proposals

Thank you to everyone for their enthusiasm for this project. It has been truly mind-blowing the number of you who have put their names forward, called, dropped in, emailed, messaged, and responded to our social media posts.  Truly grateful for the amazing community of artists we have here in the Ottawa area.


Who we are:

Pressed has always stood for diversity and inclusiveness. We strive to a be a place of welcome for all walks of life with a focus on respect, equity and diversity. The LGBTQIA2S community has always been a priority for us, and we make every effort to contribute to their safety and well being, (gender neutral bathrooms since opening in 2012 and a staff trained in bystander intervention). We are very active in the arts community supporting local musicians, songwriters, mixed media artists, actors, authors, dancers and makers. Pressed is constantly working to provide opportunities for community members and organizations contributing to progressive growth.

Pressed is a a lot of things for a lot of people. Some see us as a café – their morning coffee start-the-day place, to others we are their office space or the go to spot for a delicious lunch meeting. We serve the crowd who wants to unwind with after work drinks, the die hard music fans who support our local and touring musicians. Pressed is a live music venue, all day breakfast joint, neighbourhood drinking establishment, brunch favourite, special event site,  takeaway standby. We see young families, scrabble players, knit groups, writing workshops, book illustrators, sex workers, the homeless, the elderly, community organizers and activists, the down and out, the up and coming. For whatever reason our community members come, we want them to leave with a sense that we are a positive place that genuinely cares about the people within its walls and their experience navigating this world.


The specifics

A mural for the front outside entranceway of 750 Gladstone Ave

Rough measurements:

  • Ceiling: 33 x 71 inches
  • Left wall: 10ft x 36inches
  • Right wall: 10 ft x 33 inches

We are asking everyone to submit a rough of their idea with colour.

Budget $500 (includes artist’s fee and materials)

Please submit up to 5 colour images (sketch, digital mock-up), as well as a written portion detailing your concept/approach (500 words max.)

Preference will be for artists residing in the Ottawa/Gatineau area

Deadline: July 2nd, 5:00 pm


Please submit your proposal – images and concept description via email to: pressedkarie@gmail.com

As we can only select one concept, only the artist / artist team who are selected will hear from us. So thanks to everyone in advance for their time, passion, and creativity for this project. We at Pressed appreciate your contribution.