Call for Proposals: Murals on Salt Spring 2022

Murals on Salt Spring
Call for Proposals

Deadline: May 16, 2022

The Chamber of Commerce and Salt Spring Arts recognize that we carry out our work on unceded Coast Salish territories, including those of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples. This project takes place on lands that have been stewarded by Coast Salish people since time immemorial.

The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Salt Spring Arts invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the design of a mural in one of three locations in the heart of Ganges Village (Shiya’hwt/SYOWT). Artists with experience or knowledge of creating outdoor murals are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is open to all Canadian professional artists, individual artists or artist teams/collectives. The Salt Spring Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Salt Spring Arts recognizes and values diversity and inclusion; and unique dimensions of diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, work style, communication style, learning preferences and others.

For this project, we are seeking public artwork suitable for outdoor exposure on the theme of sustainability, reciprocity and creativity.

Increase public awareness in place-making and stewardship through arts and culture;
Recognize and strengthen the role of the arts in our community;
Activate Ganges streets, our community and public spaces.


April 20 – Call for Proposals
April 30 – Mural Making 101 Workshop
May 16 – Round 1 Deadline
May 30 – Shortlisted Artists Contacted
June 17 – Round 2 Deadline
July 8 – Successful Artists Announced
July to September – Mural Installation

Site 1 – Salt Spring Coffee (West Wall)

Located in the heart of Ganges the Mural Project will encourage significant public engagement both during installation and once the mural is complete. The sites will be prepared to be installation ready for the winning artists or artist teams.

SITE 1 — Salt Spring Coffee (West Wall)
Description: The mural site faces west. Highly visible to pedestrian traffic and located at a busy gathering place and thoroughfare on the island.
Size: 58 feet wide by 14.5 feet high
Surface: Concrete cinder block
Budget: $15,000
Theme: sustainability, reciprocity + creativity
Special Considerations: In the middle of the wall are a door, a window and an awning. The awning can be painted over, but the windows and the door may not. There is a sidewalk in front of the mural. The location is an extremely busy laneway.

SITE 2 — Lam’s Lane
Description: Part of it is in a narrow alleyway, the western end of the wall is taller and visible by all traffic coming down Fulford-Ganges hill and Seaview Avenue. This mural will be visible from a busy local bakery.
Size: 58 feet wide by 14.5 feet high
Budget: $15,000
Theme: sustainability, reciprocity + creativity
Special Considerations: The delineated portion of the wall has the above-listed measurements. The mural may expand above and below, to the dotted lines. The windows cannot be painted over. There are propane tanks in front of the wall which cannot be painted.

SITE 3 — Glad’s Ice Cream (Southwest Wall)
Description: This mural location is in the heart of Ganges Village. It is located on the southwest-facing wall of a busy ice cream shop. It will be highly visible to pedestrian and automobile traffic.
Size: 32 feet wide by 9.4 feet high
Budget: $5,000
Theme: On the Rise: Navigating Climate Grief + Action. For further information please read the document.
Special Considerations: This is a part of a larger wall that continues behind foliage and gardens. A smooth/aesthetic transition from the mural to the non-mural is critical to the design. The delineated portion of the wall has the above-listed measurements. The mural may expand below to the dotted lines. The windows cannot be painted over. The ice cream signage will be removed and will not be going back up.

Site 2 – Lam’s Lane


Once all proposals have been reviewed by a selection committee, three shortlisted artists per location will be invited to submit a site-specific artist’s mock-up. Artists will be paid an honorarium of $200 for their Round 2 submission. Please note that the turnaround time between Round 1 and Round 2 will be short.

HOW TO APPLY — Submission Form & Documents
Note that artwork concepts (proposals) are required as part of this application. Artist or artist teams may submit one application that must include the following, prepared as described below, to qualify for consideration in the competition:

  1. Main Application: Name, Contact Info, Website
  2. Mural Intent + Concept: Site Choice, Artist Statement, Mural Concept
  3. Creative Background: CV/Resume, References, Visual Documentation: Website link (preferred) or up to 9 images of past work (maximum file size, 1 MB per image). One artwork per image. Include an image list with a brief description of the commission, title and date of each work, and information on project partners, where applicable. Please prepare your attachments in advance and be sure to follow the file naming protocol for all attachments, including CV, concept sketch and supporting visual documentation: CV (Surname-Initial-CV), File Name (Surname-Initial-ImageList), Concept Sketch (Surname-Initial-Site), Image File Names: (Surname-Initial-FileNumber), Ex: (Smith-J-01).

Site 3 – Glad’s Ice Cream (Southwest Wall)

The final selection for this project will be chosen through a two-stage jury process. The evaluation of submissions will be guided by, although not limited to, the following:

  • The artist’s or artists’ understanding of the project
  • How the artist’s or artists’ background(s) will contribute to the project
  • Demonstrated artistic excellence and creativity
  • The artist’s or artists’ response to the site location (reflecting the geographical and/or the cultural location) and stated project/location theme.
  • Relevant experience in completing public art projects of a similar scope
  • The potential impact of the proposed artwork.


For more information please contact

Contact information:
114 Rainbow Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V5
Office: 250 537 0899


Social Media:
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Facebook: @ssartscouncil