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Out of the Box Dumpster Project: Call for entry (CLOSED)

The Arts Station is pleased to announce a Call for Entry for 2022; ‘Out of the Box: A Dumpster Art Project’. Out of the Box is a public art initiative by the Arts Station in collaboration with GFL Environmental. Project facilitation is provided by the Fernie & District Arts Council and a volunteer committee. Out of the Box is a project in which 6 commercial trash and recycling dumpsters will be transformed into works of public art by regional artists. The artists will be selected from a Call to Artists with a deadline of Friday, June 24th, 2pm via the form below. Late submissions are absolutely not accepted.

Each prospective artist will submit their Out of the Box Proposal to a panel of adjudicators who will then select the artists that will be given the opportunity to bring their vibrant visions to life by recreating their proposals on the actual dumpsters. The commercial dumpsters have been generously donated by GFL Disposal and paint donated by Nufloors Fernie. 

An artist fee of $1250 for professional artists and $500 for emerging artists plus materials will be provided to selected artists. Professional fees are thanks to Community Festival Grant from BC Arts Council. 

The Out of the Box competition will take place on dumpsters within the City of Fernie municipal boundaries and once complete the dumpsters will be placed strategically around Victoria Avenue as well as the Highway 3 corridor. Out of the Box is intended as a way for our regional art community to bring beauty and creativity to a seemingly mundane item like a trash dumpster.

Who May Apply:

Professional artists.

Emerging artists. Mentorship opportunities with an experienced artist are available.

Community groups or collectives of artists. Mentorship opportunities with an experienced artist are available.

  • To submit complete application below in full including the following:
  • Brief resume or experience of the individual applicant or group if applicable, this will support your selected artist category.
  • Graphics of your proposed dumpster art (all 4 sides) on a mock dumpster in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional form. Assistance can be provided with achieving a 3-D graphic if required.
  • Please contact Alex at alex@theartsstation.com if you require assistance with creating a mock-up of your design

Your application will be reviewed by The Dumpster Jurying Committee. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

    Project Description – 200 words max – Description of the proposed project including details of how you arrived at your subject matter and intended medium.

    Resume – 200 words max – Brief experience of the individual applicant or group if applicable.


    Graphics of your proposed dumpster art (all 4 sides) on a mock dumpster in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional form. Assistance can be provided with achieving a 3-D graphic if required.

    Dumpster Submission:



    FDAC reserves the right to withhold or withdraw funding from projects not seen to be fulfilling the application mandate. Unforeseen circumstances which delay the work must be communicated to FDAC staff as soon as possible.
    To be signed by the Artist or Project Coordinator:
    I certify to the best of my knowledge that the information provided in this application is correct, complete and endorsed by the group or individual that I represent. I understand that any information submitted as part of this application is public information, with the exception of personal contact information.