Castlegar Sculpturewalk is looking for entries for the Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2020 season of outdoor sculptures. Enter up to three pieces for the 10th anniversary of this event.
Deadline: 31 Oct 2019
Selected artists for the Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2020 receive an honourarium of $500. They have opportunity to be voted the People’s Choice winner and have their sculpture purchased for up $15,000 CAD by the City of Castlegar. Artistic Merit award for 1st place receives $2000, 2nd place receives $1000, 3rd place receives $500. There is a shipping or travel allowance up to $250, two nights of free accommodation for the opening weekend in May 2020, and free dinner for the artist and a guest at the Awards Gala in November 2020.
Castlegar Sculpturewalk personnel help facilitate sculpture sales and leases at the end of the season. Through the program, 44 sculptures have been sold and 34 sculptures have been leased since 2010.
About Castlegar Sculpturewalk
Beginning in 2010, Castlegar Sculpturewalk created an international buzz, establishing their program as one of the premiere arts events in Canada. The support and vision of the City of Castlegar, local businesses, and the community made this happen. Castlegar Sculpturewalk holds the title of Sculpture Capital of Canada™. Each year grows in sculpture entries, sculpture sales and leases, sponsors, and community enthusiasm. Thirty to 35 sculptures are displayed each year in a variety of mediums such as bronze, steel, wood, textiles, glass, found objects, and LED lighting.
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Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019 showcases over thirty outdoor sculptures from local, regional and international artists in a rotating gallery in the downtown core. All of the sculptures are available for sale or lease with the winning sculpture (vote) purchased by the City. Sculpturewalk has rapidly become one of the premiere arts events in Canada, drawing people to the beautiful city of Castlegar, BC and earning the trademark The Sculpture Capital of Canada™.
Deadline: 31 Oct 2018
Downtown Castlegar is one of the few venues in Canada where artists have the opportunity to show and sell outdoor sculptural work. It brings international artists to the community and supports emerging local and regional talent. Castlegar’s annual exhibit is more than three times the size of that first year. The permanent collection grows with each People’s Choice award. Public enthusiasm for this cultural economy experiment increases at a similar pace. It places Sculpturewalk at the epicenter of a regional culture boom.
Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019 Artist Benefits
Each participating artist receives an honorarium of $500 (Canadian) and up to $250 in shipping costs. The winning sculpture is purchased for up to $15K. There are additional cash prizes of $7K in two categories: the People’s Choice Vote (via ballot) and Artistic Merit Awards (juried). Accommodation for the installation/opening weekend is covered along with an opening gala. Sculpturewalk has an excellent sales/leasing program. The artist receives 70% of all sales and leasing fees. Many of these sculptures are located throughout the West Kootenay area and British Columbia. A free calendar is produced showcasing the artists work.
About Castlegar Sculpturewalk
The benefits of the Sculpturewalk program to Castlegar have been huge. The program has an even broader impact to the cultural economy than initially imagined. The Kootenays are an area rich with artists, but galleries – particularly outdoor ones – are extremely limited or entirely unavailable to outdoor sculptures. It is important that Castlegar brings international artists to the community to share their perspectives. It is crucial that emerging local and regional artists are supported. With this experience, many artists have gone on to win large-scale commissions in larger, urban centres.
With additional pieces showcased annually, Castlegar is able to feature sculptures from across the world and down the street. It is amazing to look back at how the community has created a vibrant, dynamic public art program respected world-wide. Castlegar Sculpturewalk is the #1 rated local attraction on TripAdvisor.
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