Call for Local Indigenous Artists: City of Wetaskiwin Public Art Mural

Photo credit: City of Wetaskiwin

Extended Submission Deadline: June 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM MDT

The City of Wetaskiwin and STEPS Public Art are commissioning a new site-specific mural from an Indigenous artist from or with ties to Wetaskiwin and the surrounding communities. Eligible Indigenous artists are invited to submit expressions of interest and qualifications to this call.

The commissioned artist will create a mural in Downtown Wetaskiwin in summer of 2024. This mural will be located at the Wetaskiwin Mall located at 3725 56 Street, Wetaskiwin, and is sized at 17′ 10.5″ by 70′ (just over 1250 square feet).

The commissioned artist will be selected through an open, two-stage process. The project budget of $20,000 CAD (inclusive of GST) includes all costs directly associated with the artwork including: taxes, artist fees, production, materials, equipment rental, installation, and other professional services, insurance, permits, travel and other incidental and production expenses.

Up to three (3) artists will be shortlisted and paid $500 CAD (inclusive of GST) each to create detailed proposals.

View the Call for Artist for the full details.

Community Background

The City of Wetaskiwin is located on Treaty 6 Territory, the ancestral and traditional gathering place of the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway, Saulteaux, Anishinaabe, and many others whose histories, languages and cultures continue to influence the Wetaskiwin community and way of life. For hundreds of years before settlers arrived, the land that is now the City of Wetaskiwin was populated by the Plains Cree peoples. The name Wetaskiwin means “the place where peace was made” in Cree, referring to a battle and subsequent peace between the Cree and the Blackfoot.

Selection Process

Artwork proposals are not requested at this time. Artist applications will be reviewed on the basis of artistic excellence, expressed written interest in the site, and other professional qualification criteria listed below.

This Call to Artists is open to all Indigenous professional artists who have a connection to Wetaskiwin and the surrounding area. All applying artists are required to draft a letter stating their relationships to the City of Wetaskiwin. Artist teams are welcome to apply but must share the total project award. Per the Canada Council’s guidelines, a professional artist is defined as someone who:

  • has specialised artistic training (not necessarily in academic institutions);
  • is critically recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition);
  • is active in and committed to their art practice;
  • has a history of public exhibitions; and/or
  • has produced an independent body of work.

The Selection Panel will be composed of project planholders. There will be two stages in the selection process:

  • Stage One: Request for Qualifications
  • Stage Two: Shortlisted Proposal Development and Presentation

Application Requirements

Professional artists/artist teams are invited to respond to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by submitting a single PDF document. This PDF document must be labelled with the name of the artist and project (Name_City of Wetaskiwin Public Art Mural). Each single PDF document must include the following:

1. Letter of Intent: 2-page maximum (11-point font). Outline of artistic experience, ability, approach and interest in this project, site and community, highlighting relevant experience. While proposals are not accepted at this stage of the competition, we encourage artists to speak to the artwork themes in this letter.

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV): 3-page maximum. Detail professional experience as an artist, past public art experience, and other information relevant to this Expression of Interest (EOI). If applying as a team, provide one CV per team member.

3. Connection to Local Communities: 1-page maximum (11-point font). Include detailed and specific ways outlining how you are connected to the local communities of Wetaskiwin and the surrounding area.

4. Artistic Support Material: Maximum of ten (10) images of work. For each image, a title and image number should be provided. If applying as a team, please only submit a total of ten (10) images.

5. Support Material List: A written list that clearly outlines the Artistic Support Material (above) with corresponding titles and numbers. Include the following details in order of: Title, date, location, commissioning agent (if applicable), budget, dimensions, medium/materials and a brief description of the works (maximum 50 words each).

6. References: Names and contact information (current email and phone number) for two (2) references (preferably from recent public art projects) with their role and affiliation listed. Reference letters are not required at this stage of the competition.

* If applying as a team, please list team members and submit required credentials for each. Please also only provide the contact information for the designated contact person.

How to Apply

Upon submission, please ensure you have carefully examined the Call for Artists, including any clarifications or revisions posted on the project website.

Submissions must be received by June 12, 2024 at 11:59 PM MDT. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted via Google Forms – emailed, faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure the application package is complete and submitted by the posted deadline.

Questions and requests for clarification will be received by email until the end of May 2024. Applicants who need additional support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Collin Zipp (Public Art Manager, STEPS Public Art) at collin@stepspublicart.org to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.

Contact
Collin Zipp (Public Art Manager)
P: 1-888-783-7780 (extension 704)
E: collin@stepspublicart.org

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