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Call to Basin Artists; Fernie Mural Project (RFP)

The Fernie & District Arts Council has been awarded a Public Art Grant by the Columbia Basin Trust to add to the public art inventory of Fernie. The project will be to select and install a permanent mural in Fernie.


The Fernie Mural Project is open to all experienced and professional mural artists who live in the Columbia Basin. Find the Columbia Basin Region here.

Project Brief

The theme of the mural is:

“to reflect Fernie’s heritage, culture, hopes, dreams and aspirations”

The mural should reflect the Fernie community in 2019, highlighting the people, places, and things that make it unique. It should beautify the Fernie downtown, complementing it but not competing with it. The theme is broad to give the opportunity for the artist to put forward their interpretation of Fernie. Below are words that are often used to describe Fernie and the activities that people associate with it, this can help to inspire a response from the applicant but is not comprehensive or expected to dictate the imagery.  All applicants should consider the issues around cultural appropriation if using the cultural forms, aesthetics or iconography of cultural communities removed from their social, political and cultural roots.


The mural will be located on The Beanpod, 691 2 Ave, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 on the outside wall. The mural will be on the side of the building on 7th Street.

Approx wall measurements

The wall is a large area and it is up to the discretion of the artist and their design if the entire wall is painted. If the design does not cover the entire space it should still take into account the full area and use the negative space to its advantage.

Submission should consider the relevance of the proposed artwork – appropriateness of the work of art to the proposed public place and its surroundings, including consideration of architecture, topography, history and the social dynamic of the particular location in which the art will be placed. See Appendix for historical relevance of the area.

The Beanpod building is where ‘the postcard view’ of downtown in its mountain settings begins. Its context and siting are actually strategic and that any artwork installed on the building should consider this and make sure not to compete with or offer a replicated, non-authentic repetition of this. See appendix for further imagery. Proponents are encouraged to visit the site in person before submitting their proposal.

The wall will be prepped for the mural and coated with a base colour of the artists choice. The Mural will also be protected with a top coat but the artist will be expected to provide a maintenance document including paint colours, finished photographs and any other relevant documentation. The artist will provide a 1 year warranty on the mural. The mural is expected to remain for at least 10 years.


$20,000 CAD (Maximum. See page 4 of contents of proposal for full details)

Deadline for Submissions: 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Successful Candidate Notification: Mid August, 2019

Installation Begins: September 2nd , 2019

Expected Completion: September 30th, 2019

Enquiries related to this RFP are to be directed, in writing or email, to the following person. Information obtained from any other source is not official and should not be relied upon. Questions will be answered if time permits.

Louise Ferguson Executive Director of FDAC

The Arts Station

PO Box 1453,

601 – 1st Avenue Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0

C: 250.423.4842 Email: admin@theartsstation.com

Enquiries and responses will be recorded and may be distributed to all proponents  at the FDAC’s option.

Thank you to Columbia Basin Trust for the support of this project.

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British Columbia Arts Council The City of Fernie Columbia Basin Trust Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance The Fernie Fix Park Place Lodge