The Ford City Business Improvement Association (BIA) is calling experienced mural artists or teams of artists to submit proposals to create colourful, contemporary, and original artwork on two pre-selected walls in the Ford City Business Improvement Area. All information about the opportunity is contained herein.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 15, 2021 COMPLETION: Between September – December 2021 / Spring 2022 FUNDING: Up to $10,000 ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists
PROJECT INTENT By creating colourful and contemporary murals on otherwise blank surfaces, we will convey to our community that Ford City is undergoing an exciting transformation and is becoming an increasingly vibrant neighbourhood. Artists are encouraged to consider the rich socio-cultural context of the Ford City/Drouillard neighbourhood. While historical themes and references are not a requirement, we do want to see that care has been taken to appreciate relate to the unique identity of the area and its community. This submitted concept proposal should: • Consider the space; size, shape, and material qualities of the wall, the angles of view, and the audience. • Enhance and engage the streetscape with a distinctive aesthetic experience both highly visible and welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles travelling along Drouillard Road. • Provide excitement and interest for the community as a whole. ELIGIBILITY The competition is open to all established, professional, and emerging artists. Applicants who wish to be considered for this project should demonstrate artistic skill, style, and originality. Experience painting site-specific large scale outdoor murals directly on walls will be an asset. Artists whose work is well represented within the city are eligible to apply, however, the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Non-local artists are invited and encouraged to apply, however, they should note that while the BIA may be able to assist in securing low-cost accommodation during the mural’s execution, travel and accommodation expenses will not be covered by the project budget.