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Calls for Entry & Grants

Call to Artists!! We are looking for artists to participate in a Paint Battle as a fundraiser for our Out of the Box Dumpster Project 2019.

Artists will be painting on 24 x 36 in. canvases (provided) based on a theme that will be revealed on the night. You will have two hours to complete your piece, and the audience will determine the winner.

Winner will receive a cash prize of $250. 

April 26th, Event starts at 10pm

Submit an artist statement and an example of work to assistant@theartsstation.com for consideration



Banner Project 2019

For over the past decade, Elk Valley artists have added their own air to the city’s streets, offering

works of art for the 40 banners that line Highway 3 and downtown. Now, in its 15th year, we are

calling out to the amazing artists that call the Elk Valley home to once again contribute to Fernie’s annual Banner Project. We are thrilled to highlight various artistic mediums from artists of all ages!

What are the adjudicators looking for?

Bold colours, striking imagery that stands out from a distance, variation in themes and artistic disciplines, and it has to be eye catching to the street-level observer.

What kind of mediums will be accepted?

All kinds of mediums will be accepted including but not limited to paintings, quilts, stained glass, sculpture, pottery and photography.

How to Submit?

  1. In person at The Arts Station; 601 1st Avenue, Fernie BC; submissions should be;


      1. In an envelope labelled with your name


      1. Inside the envelope should be one memory stick labelled with your name with a max of two images and the application. Digital Banner 2019 Application Forms on the memory stick are encouraged. 


    1. Placed in the black post box located to the right as you enter The Arts Station.
  1. Via dropbox to info@theartsstation.com


      1. Images should be shared to info@theartsstation.com in a folder labelled with your name and include the Banner 2019 Application Form


      1. Files will need to be shared with committee members so please allow editing access rather than view only.


    1. An email will be sent to confirm receipt. If you have not received an email in 2 business days please follow up

Please only enter via one method.

Banner 2019 Application Form word format

Banner 2019 Application Form PDF format


    • Artists must be an Elk Valley Resident; The Elk Valley is a valley in the southeastern Kootenay region of the Canadian province of British Columbia that runs via the basin of the Elk River from the southeastern Alberta border near Kananaskis to the Rocky Mountain Trench. Communities in the valley, from uppermost to lowermost, are Elkford, Sparwood, Hosmer, Fernie, Morrissey, and Elko.


    • Deadline is April 4th at 2pm. Only complete entries accepted before this time will be considered.


    • A maximum of 2 images per artist only. Any additional will not be considered.


    • Images must be of a 1 wide to 2 high ratio e.g. 12’” x 24”  at 180dpi or around 2000 pixels x 4000 pixels. Saved as a jpeg this brings the file size to around 5mbs.


    • Files under 1mbs will not be accepted.


    • Images should be submitted as a JPEG only all other forms will not be accepted.


    • Images should be saved with artists name underscore artwork title eg.



    • Submissions delivered in person to The Arts Station must be in a labelled envelope; Inside the envelope should be one memory stick labelled with your name with a max of two images and the application form. Digital Banner 2019 Application Forms on the memory stick are encouraged.


    • Photography submissions should not have people as the main focus i.e portrait. Any figures in the image will require written permission from the person to be included.


    • All applicants who wish for their submission to be reviewed by a committee member for technical issues such as incorrect cropping or poor resolution need to submit by March 14th by the latest. Any submission after this time the committee will not be required to review.


  • If an artist needs assistance with creating the digital photograph of their work there are several photographers in town that offer this service for a cost;



      • $25 per piece of artwork photographed. Artwork photographed is colour-matched so that reproduction matches the original.



    • Please contact for pricing and availability.
    • Please leave plenty of time for photographers to be able to provide this service.



CKCA Grants 2019

Deadline: March 1st, 5pm 

The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance grant program is now live. If you are looking to further your work or programming in Arts and Culture, the CKCA can help you do so. Check out their website here for more details.

For additional assistance in applying for grants, see this link for an online grant writing workshop.

Digital application for program one Arts Funding to communities can be found here or a paper application can be picked up at The Arts Station.

You will be able to pick up application forms via the Fernie and District Arts Council.

Any questions, email assistant@theartsstation.com

Coming Soon….

Mural project call for entry details will announce shortly. The piece is funded by Columbia Basin Trust and the Fernie and District Arts Council. There will be an artist fee for the successful candidate. Completion of the piece will be June 2019.

Public art has the power to transform public spaces, enliven the urban fabric, reflect our heritage, culture, hopes, dreams and aspirations. Public art enhances community pride, can inspire us and make us think whether the art be large or small, simple or complex. Public art and place making draws people in, attracting visitors, businesses and residents, contributes to a vibrant community and economic development and sustainability.

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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