2024 Contest Open

Three of the town’s hydro boxes have been selected for this year’s competition. All submissions will be part of an exhibition in Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre’s Walker Room Gallery on August 8 to October 19, 2024.

2 of the winning designs will be chosen by a jury. The community chooses 1 winning entry as the People’s Choice winner by participating in a public vote, with each visitor able to cast a single vote. All winning submissions will be awarded a $500 honorarium.

The hydro boxes chosen for this year’s competition are situated in the heart of local communities throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake including Virgil, St. Davids and Queenston. Design themes may encompass nature, landmarks, or the rich history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. However, preference will be given to submissions aligning with this year’s focus on community.

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#J525 – 66″ x 22″ x 30″ (LxWxH), located on Hwy 55 in front of the LCBO, Virgil
#J504 – 66″ x 22″ x 30″ (LxWxH), located on Four Mile Creek Rd by the Post Office, St Davids
#1073- 48″ x 41″ x 26″ (LxWxH), located on Queenston St near the Laura Secord


  • This opportunity is open to artists who live, work or operate in the Niagara Region.
  • The theme of the design may include but is not limited to nature, Niagara-on-the-Lake history/landmarks, etc.
  • Preference will be given to submissions with this year’s theme, community.
  • The jury selection and artwork box location are final


  • Artists must complete entry submissions by July 3, 2024.
  • Artwork drop off for NOTL Hydro Box Beautification Group Exhibit at Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre: August 5, 2024, 9:00 – 11:00 AM and August 6, 2024, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • NOTL Hydro Box Beautification Group Exhibit: August 8 to October 13, 2024.
  • People’s Choice Award Voting: August 8 to September 8, 2024
  • Announcement of Winning Artworks & Award Ceremony: Thursday, September 12, 2024, 7:00 PM
  • Artwork pick up for NOTL Hydro Box Beautification Group Exhibit at Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre: October 20 & October 22, 2024, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Target installation date on the hydro boxes: early October

How To Enter:

  • Complete the entry form by July 3, 2024
  • Only 1 design is permitted per entry form
  • Each artist is only allowed to submit a maximum of 2 designs
  • Pay a non-refundable fee of $25.00
  • Upload an image of your artwork. You do not need to show how it will wrap around the hydro box, but you may include that if you wish. The Hydro Box Competition Committee will determine how the selected artworks will be applied to the box and the box location