Call for Mural Artists: Memorial University Street Art Wall, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

This spring Memorial University of Newfoundland is initiating a pilot legal street art wall and is inviting expressions of interest for the design and execution of temporary site-specific outdoor murals. Artist proposals should consider the historical significance of MUN, the St. John’s campus community, and its contemporary and emerging contexts.

Mural Artist(s) will be commissioned by a 3–5 member selection committee with connection to MUN community, as well as artistic expertise and cultural knowledge. Memorial is committed to equity in all aspects of its work, and invites mural proposals from all potentially interested artists, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, race, Indigenous status, ethnicity, mental and physical ability, housing status, place of origin, and age.

This process is being administered by the Grenfell Art Gallery, Memorial University’s art gallery, in support of the University’s Beautification Committee.

Project Goals

  • To create an opportunity for a mural artwork reflective of the past, present, and future vision of Memorial University of Newfoundland;
  • To contribute to a stimulating public realm, to beautify and enrich the experience of St. John’s campus for students, staff, faculty, and visitors;
  • To beautify St. John’s campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland;
  • To support artistic excellence and innovation;
  • And, to build local, extra-regional, and provincial artistic capacity.

What projects will be considered?

  • Artwork must be new, unique, or original
  • A painted mural, paste-up, or digital printed artwork
  • Be successfully completed by November 2022

Who is eligible?

  • All artists are eligible (from across Canada and internationally), with artists who are underrepresented in NL and Canadian public art, including but not limited to BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and neuro-diverse artists, especially encouraged to apply
  • Partnerships and collaborations are encouraged, including between established and emerging artists
  • Artists with capability in producing murals or two-dimensional artworks
  • Be able and willing to sign a legal contract with the Grenfell Art Gallery, Memorial University

To Apply:

Phase I: Call for Expressions of Interest

For murals, applicants are to submit a cv, short bio not to exceed 250 words, 5 to 10 images in jpg format of previous work or some visual representation of intention, such as a sketch or drawing, and a short statement of artistic intent. Expressions of interest are due by April 29, midnight NST and can be sent to gallery@grenfell.mun.ca with the subject line “MUN Street Art Wall Mural”.

Applicants who are Deaf, have an exceptionality or disability, or who need support expressing interest or applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Matthew Hills, Director/Curator, Memorial Art Collection at mhills@grenfell.mun.ca or call 709.637.6209 by April 19th to allow for appropriate accommodation of your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.

Please forward the materials no later than midnight on April 29, to gallery@grenfell.mun.ca with the subject line “MUN Street Art Wall Mural.”

Phase II: Short List

In the short list phase applicants may be required to respond to and satisfy project related inquiries from the selection committee. Memorial University thanks in advance all artists who respond to this call but does not bind itself to select any of the submitted proposals.

Site

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the territory on which we gather and labour as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and the island of Newfoundland/Ktaqmkuk as the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. We would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador. We strive for respectful relationships with all the peoples of this province.

Legal Street Art Wall

Artwork will be installed on a portion of the MUN Legal Street Art Wall, located in proximity to Macpherson College Student Residences and Burton’s pond. Each of the two sections of the wall are open for mural proposals, see aerial documentation below for approximate dimension.

Selection Process

The selection will be a two-stage process. Projects will be evaluated by a selection committee using the following criteria:

Phase I: Expression of Interest

  • Artistic merit, creativity, quality and clarity of approach
  • Demonstrated understanding of Memorial University’s role in the province, and in the context of the proposed mural
  • Availability for timeline
  • Expression of the artist(s) and quality of their work as demonstrated through past projects and experience

Phase II: Short List

Artists will be shortlisted by the selection committee based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit, creativity, quality of proposed artwork
  • Demonstrated feasibility in terms of proposed budget, timeline, implementation, safety, maintenance of site
  • Producing draft drawings
  • Demonstrated understanding of the context of the site and potential impact of the proposed mural

Schedule

Produce the artwork within Sept to Oct and complete the project by Nov 2022.

Fees

A mural commission includes an artist fee of $2,100 (CAD), with an additional budget provided for materials.

ABOUT MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

In 2025 Memorial will celebrate its 100th birthday. As our first century of excellence ends, we look with an aspiration towards an ever-brighter future, a future in which Memorial contributes to a socially resilient, economically prosperous, culturally vibrant, inclusive, healthy and sustainable Newfoundland and Labrador.

Guiding Vision

Memorial University must continue to be a place of critical inquiry, learning, and discovery for Newfoundland and Labrador. A place where our collective expertise resides and contributes to a socially resilient, economically prosperous, culturally vibrant, inclusive, healthy and sustainable province. This vision underscores Memorial’s historical responsibility to the province and encourages us to focus on a future that promises inclusiveness, sustainable growth, economic prosperity and cultural vibrancy.

This vision emphasizes that the work we do, the contributions we make and the successes we achieve are inseparable from the province’s aspirations. Memorial is a university for Newfoundland and Labrador, connected strongly to the heritage of our place and a driver of social, economic and cultural vitality.

For more information on Memorial University of Newfoundland, please visit Memorial’s home page.

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