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ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture announces a call for artists for the annual ArtsAlive Public Art Program. Now in its seventh year, the Oak Bay Public Art program, ArtsAlive, is an expression of Oak Bay’s support for a flourishing arts environment for the entire community. Sculptures are selected by a peer jury to be displayed for up to a year at outdoor sites in the District of Oak Bay. They are on temporary loan by the artists who are sponsored by a local business or community group.

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture has installed outdoor sculptures in a variety of locations around Oak Bay — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including static and kinetic sculpture. They have been greatly appreciated for their artistic merit and have challenged viewers to pause and reflect about living in this special seaside community, proud of its distinct heritage even as it contemplates its future as a vibrant place to live and work. The permanent sculptures frame views, animate parks, streetscapes, and viewpoints.

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Enter by: 11 Mar 2022

This is an excellent opportunity for both mid-career and emerging artists to conceive and showcase their work, creativity, skills, imagination, and talent in a public space. Artist’s work will have exposure to thousands of residents and visitors in this high-profile program. The municipality, local media, and Oak Bay Tourism will promote this show throughout the year. Related arts events like art walks, paint-ins, concerts, and celebrations will be organized (pending public health orders), generating more excitement and building community.

  • Artists based in Western Canada are invited to submit an application for the 2022-2023 outdoor public art program
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an artist peer jury
  • Pending community sponsorships, up to 6 works may be selected and installed in highly visible outdoor locations open to the public
  • Successful submissions will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery reimbursement budget of up to $500.

About Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture

Since the public art program, ArtsAlive, was launched in 2014, Oak Bay has built a legacy of permanent public art in the community, acquiring one or more permanent public art pieces each year. Between the years 2014 and 2020, the former Oak Bay Arts Laureate, Barbara Adams, in collaboration with Municipal staff and the Public Art Advisory Committee, contributed to making Oak Bay a destination for arts and culture.

For more information, contact apass@oakbay.ca.

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Nelson International Mural Festival (Nelson, BC) – Call For Artists

Nelson International Mural Festival (Nelson, BC) – Call For Artists

Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) announce a call for artists for the Nelson International Mural Festival. Travel to the stunning mountains and lakes of the Kootenays. Up to 10 artists are chosen annually to paint large scale murals throughout the alleyways of historic downtown Nelson, BC, Canada.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

Cultural vibrancy in Nelson continues to flourish under the festival’s engagement of street artists, muralists, creators, and art enthusiasts joining the festival from the local, national, and international art scene. Through large scale public artworks, educational opportunities, and by animating the public sphere with reflections of local cultures, histories, and stories, the NDAC furthers and fortifies collaboration among artists, businesses, and community members. The festival is inclusive of all cultures, genders, ages, and abilities.

Walls are selected with the following considerations: accessibility for artists, size, composition, exposure, and funding availability (however funding is not necessarily a barrier). Both private and public walls are included in the festival. In the case of privately-owned walls, the building owners are given the opportunity during the application process to indicate the artistic styles they are enthusiastic about. Matches are made between artists and walls based off those suggestions. Building owners will have one opportunity to consult with the artist for a draft alteration. If a collaboration cannot be reached, the artist will still be paid their design fee. No gratuitous violence, racism, or hateful content is permitted and the mural shall not include any business signage or logos, advertising, political or religious messages.

Nelson International Mural Festival Selection Process

Artists will be selected by a 5 member arm’s length jury who represent a cross section of interests in the community (business, arts, and tourism). Their primary considerations are artistic merit of portfolio, large scale work experience, and design skills/composition. Selections will be based off of previous work and portfolios. Successful applicants will be contacted before June 15th, 2020. Due to capacity limitations, we are only able to contact successful applicants.

Selected artists will be sent a contract for perusal. Once signed, the artists will be given two weeks to provide a rough sketch, a proposed colour scheme, a bio, and a headshot. Upon receiving these items, a 10% design fee will be paid. Artists will then coordinate their painting schedule and paint/supply order with the festival coordinator. It is imperative that artists stick to the painting schedules that are agreed upon. The festival is located in a small community with limited resources that need to be booked well in advance.

Artists must be available to attend the festival opening on Friday, August 14th, 2020, and the artist panel on Sunday, August 16th, 2020. There will also be opportunities to host all ages workshops for additional fees. The painting will take place between June 15th-August 14th. Selected artists will be scheduled to paint based off of their availability and proximity to Nelson.

Nelson International Mural Festival Artist Benefits

All artists are paid fairly for their participation in the festival. All supplies and equipment are provided by the festival. Once a muralist is selected for the festival, the artist will be paid to complete a detailed drawing/design. Each artist will be compensated based on the size and scope of their mural. $2500-$3500 CAD budget per mural for artist fees, this will vary project to project. Payment will be received upon the successful and timely completion of the mural.

The Nelson International Mural Festival is unable to provide assistance with travel for the majority of our artists; however, we make every effort to assist with billeting arrangements for visiting artists.

Social Equity

The NDAC strives to create a barrier-free festival. They host all events at accessible public spaces and offering all events and activities free of charge.  The mural festival provides a platform for all voices to be heard through public art. The festival is committed to diverse programming. They work to ensure that varied cultures are represented annually, so as to provide inspiration to all who attend, not just one group. Bringing art out of the galleries and into the streets provides everyone the chance to experience the pieces, not just those that can afford an admission ticket.

About Nelson and District Arts Council

The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) is a registered non-profit organization that was formed in 1969 as the Kootenay-Columbia Arts Council.

All the Board Members are volunteers who are committed to promoting and encouraging cultural and artistic activities in the community through successfully accessing funds for projects.

NDAC has individual and group members who all participate in art and culture related activities. Members represent such disciplines as theatre, music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, and writing.

NDAC presents a number of projects each year intended to foster the arts in Nelson and District. They include the Nelson ArtWalk, Hidden Creek Artist Residency, Appetite for Art, the Dance Educator’s Showcase, the Rural Artist Support Weekend, the Nelson International Mural Festival, and Bigby Place Arts Initiative.

Fostering communication, networking, and providing support to members is one of NDAC’s main objectives. In addition, members and member groups are eligible through us for small funding awards from the B.C. Arts Council.

Advocacy, representation, and education are all important in fostering greater appreciation and support of arts and culture in the Nelson area. NDAC has a seat on the Cultural Development Committee for the City of Nelson. They work toward a more coordinated arts, culture, and heritage community.

The region is famous for it’s “Kootenay Culture,” that runs through the arts, heritage, and people of the region. They are proud to support arts and culture in the Kootenays.

For more information, contact info@ndac.ca.

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Oak Bay Sea Lore Sculpture Competition – Call For Artists

Oak Bay Sea Lore Sculpture Competition – Call For Artists

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture announces a call for artists of the Oak Bay Sea Lore Sculpture Competition. A generous donor has offered to commission an iconic seaside sculpture for the enjoyment and enrichment of all Oak Bay citizens and visitors. The theme for the sculpture, which is hoped to become a permanent and treasured landmark, is “Sea Lore” inspired by the maritime character of Oak Bay.

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Deadline: 7 Sept 2018

Oak Bay enjoys a uniquely beautiful seaside location. The sea draws our attention, nurtures our well-being, and inspires all who live here. The coast is rich in sea life, birds, and plants. There is a long history of indigenous activity and settlement along its shores. For over a hundred years, there has been a boat house or marina on the bay. The municipality is home to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. There is a tradition of nautical sports and activities like paddling, sailing, fishing, and beach walking. The Sea Lore sculpture is meant to celebrate Oak Bay and its maritime character — past, present, and future.

Oak Bay Sea Lore Sculpture Competition Artist Benefits

The opportunity to have a permanent sculpture as part of the lively public art collection in Oak Bay, Victoria BC. For the past five years Oak Bay has become a new destination for arts and culture as a result of its ArtsAlive public art program and unique painted pianos, spearheaded by Oak Bay’s Arts Laureate Barbara Adams. These engaging public art projects have sparked a new discourse in the community. They have attracted spectacular works from renowned North American artists and sculptors.

About Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture’s mission is to “To enhance life in our community through the provision of quality services.” Located in one of the most beautiful communities on Vancouver Island, Recreation Oak Bay is a department of the Corporation of the District of Oak Bay. The department is overseen by a Parks and Recreation Commission who has served one of Canada’s most active communities for more than 35 years. Oak Bay has a rich heritage of supporting arts in our community. Many art-related community events are held throughout the year. Many community organizations contribute to the arts through education, performance, display, creation, or sponsorship.

For more information, contact barbaraadams@shaw.ca.

Previous call for artists from Oak Bay.

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