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Banner Project Call for Entry 2023 (CLOSED)

The much loved Banner project is back for another year and we are calling out to the amazing artists that call the Elk Valley home to once again contribute by submitting your entries below. For over the past decade, Elk Valley artists have added their own air to the city’s streets, offering works of art for banners that line Highway 3 and downtown. This is a community art project so any Fernie local is welcome to apply and we look forward to seeing lots of different art mediums from all ages. If you need help, on April 13th, we are holding a Banner assistance day, register Here! Please read the artist info before applying. If you do not meet the requirements when applying, your submission will not be considered. Deadline is May 5th, 2pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Thank you to the City of Fernie for supporting this project!

Click Here for the MINI Banner Project!

Artist Info

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.

Who Can Apply?

This is a community art project so any Elk Valley Resident, it does not matter what age or previous experience you have. We encourage everyone to get creative and submit their work!

How to Submit?

Via the application at at the bottom of this post.

  • If you require assistance, we will be hosting a full day in which we can offer assistance on April 13th. Register Here


  • FAQ Video on Youtube
  • 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 May 5th 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.
  • Banner Project Crop Tutorial – YouTube
  • ***We may use our discretion to crop the edges of artwork 
  • 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. JaneDoe_Mountains
  • 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.
  • No text on the artwork is permitted including logos
  • 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 April 20th. 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;
    • Jamie Hide:
    • Please leave plenty of time for photographers to be able to provide this service.

    Artist Bio - 100 words max - Include a little about yourself, what inspires your work and any relevant credentials.

    Submission 1:

    Submission 2: