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Mural Project 2024 (CLOSED)

FDAC Mural Project 2024 Call to Basin Artists; Fernie Mural Project 2024 (RFP) The Fernie & District Arts Council has been awarded a Public Art Grant by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, which is an Arts & Cultural grant program by the Columbia Basin Trust, and funding from Resort Municipality Initiative to add to the public art inventory of Fernie. In addition the Fernie Legion Branch #36 is supporting the mural. The project will be to select and install a permanent mural in Fernie. EligibilityThe Fernie Mural Project is open to all experienced and professional mural artists who are from the Columbia Basin. Find the Columbia Basin Region here. We also highly encourage partnerships and mentoring of artists.  Project Brief  Theme: Station Square,  Community & Remembrance. The artwork will be located on the side wall of 551 1st Ave, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 which is the Fernie Legion branch #36.  The wall is located opposite The Arts Station and serves as backdrop to an area known as Station Square. Station Square is in the core of downtown Fernie and used for community events such as the Wednesday Socials and Griz Days. This area is slowly being developed with additions each year to enhance the space. As a result the location is frequently visited so will be regularly engaged with by many different people. This wall or backdrop to Station Square is currently a blank canvas. It has already been prepared with a base coat of  Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey and trim colour of Van Deusen Blue which should be considered in the design.The building has a Legion sign which can be relocated but should also be considered. There is a deck and parking as well as an independent structure that should be considered when creating the design. The mural should reflect this community space and enhance and complement it but not compete with it. The theme is broad to give the opportunity for the artist to put forward their interpretation of what will best represent the space and Fernie Community. This space is very interactive so a mural that reflects this would be welcome.   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 request for proposal is now open and we are accepting submissions. Click below for the full RFP.  READ THE CONTENTS OF PROPOSAL HERE 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 FDACEmail: Address: Po Box 1453, The Arts Station, 601 1st Avenue, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 How to submit your proposal ISSUE DATE: December 22, 2023CLOSING DATE: February 29th 2024, 11.59pm Please submit by either email or mail by the deadline: Email: Attached One PDF complete copy + link to google drive with individual files. Subject line “Proposal – Mural Project 2024” will be received up till 11.59pm on February 29th, 2024. Attention: Louise Ferguson. Mail:  One complete original proposal and a digital copy on a USB with individual files in a sealed envelope clearly marked  “Proposal – Mural Project 2024” will be received postmarked up to Feb 29th, 2024. P.O. Box 1453, Fernie, B.C., V0B 1M0.  Attention: Louise Ferguson.  

The gallery is free to enter, funded as a core program of the Arts Council and through the commission we take on sales. The mission of The Arts Station gallery is to showcase emerging and developing artists in an effort to enrich the local arts and culture community in Fernie. The Arts Station encourages applications from all backgrounds, identities and disciplines, and aims to represent the full diversity of the Elk Valley’s cultural landscape. Each year we aim to feature different art forms such as visual arts, photography, fibre art, pottery, and sculpture. During Arts Station hours the gallery has an attendant who answers questions and completes sales or commission requests.

The Gallery is facilitated by the staff operational team in conjunction with the Gallery Selection Committee (an adhoc independent jury created for each call for entry). The Gallery Selection Committee is responsible for selecting up to 11 gallery shows a year, each exhibiting for one month

Our art gallery is open during our opening hours (General hours Monday-Friday 9.30-9pm, Sunday 10-3pm as well as online at all hours via The gallery functions as the entry hall to the building and is a bright space, approximately 5m x 8m with high ceilings, heritage features and a beautiful brick fireplace as a focal point.