We’re taking a break…but come back again soon!

Thank you for your interest in Design by Nature – an annual sustainable design exhibition at Evergreen Brick Works. We’re taking a break in 2015, but don’t worry – you’ll get a chance to submit your creative re-imagination of pre-existing materials again soon!

In the meantime, download our past call for proposals and check out past winners to get an idea of what we are looking for. We can’t wait to see all of your ideas and select the new winners to go on display at one of Canada’s most unique venues.


Design by Nature is a juried sustainable design competition of sculptural installations, public art and functional furniture designed for designated locations on the Evergreen Brick Works campus. Selected pieces are exhibited for three months and will dot the landscape of Evergreen Brick Works.

Pieces appropriate to both interior and exterior application are encouraged, should be designed to move easily between locations and withstand the rigors of an unsupervised public environment. Any size or piece will be considered. However, keep in mind the location and scale, and public nature of the installation sites (see images of potential site locations).

All proposed designs must contain at least 50% existing, reclaimed, or recycled materials. These materials must be non-virgin, with some previous use or purpose, and/or materials destined for landfill or waste had they not been used in the submission.

Artists are asked to limit their submissions to a maximum of four pieces, and ensure that each piece can be displayed independently of each other.


Winning pieces are selected by a panel of local design leaders and evaluated on the following judging criteria


Selected finalists will be paid an honourarium of anywhere to help cover the costs of production.

The artist has the option to offer the pieces for sale throughout the duration of the show, to be available at the exhibition’s conclusion. Selected artists will also have the opportunity to sell pieces and other items in their portfolio through Evergreen’s store, the Evergreen Garden Market. Design by Nature is working hard to develop additional opportunities to promote and sell winning pieces following the exhibition’s conclusion.

Visibility and promotion of the exhibition and artists will be provided through Evergreen, Teknion and media relations.


Submissions are to be completed through our online form (not yet available) and should consist of a brief (maximum 250 words) description of the idea behind the pieces along with accompanying sketches and images (no names on images please), list of proposed materials and dimensions, and either a link to an online portfolio or attached portfolio.

Artists are also welcome to join us for private site tour of Evergreen Brick Works prior to submission deadline or visit our image gallery of potential site locations at the Brick Works. Dates of tour to be announced.


The exhibition will be unveiled with an opening reception (exact date TBA) to welcome the design community to Evergreen Brick Works and celebrate the work of local artists.

There is a strong possibility the exhibit will move to other locations through out the year.

See our FAQ’s for more details on site specifications, submission process and program requirements. If you’re still having trouble, email info@designxnature.ca


Past Winners