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Call for Artists: Expression of Interest for Indigenous or Metis Public Artwork
The Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George is seeking artists to develop public artwork for their new Urban Aboriginal Community in Prince George. The Society is seeking artwork that reflects the Indigenous and Metis culture of the community and contributes to creating a sense of place and belonging. Artist fees range from $5,000 to $8,000.
Artists can apply by responding to the Expression of Interest by July 19, 2021.
Who can I direct questions to:
M’akola Development Services is providing support in coordinating the public artwork process. Please email questions to email@example.com.
Who can apply?
Visual artists or designers who identify as Metis or Indigenous and have a connection to northern BC or non-Aboriginal artists or designers with a strong connection to northern BC.
Do I need to submit an artwork concept in my submission?
No, this Expression of Interest (EOI) does not require that you submit concepts for the artwork. Instead, artists are asked to provide up to 10 examples of their work, a biography, a reference, a one-page letter of intent, and a completed submission form. The selected artists will work with the Aboriginal Housing Society to gain an understanding of the development to ensure that the proposed artwork aligns with the Society’s goals and vision for their Urban Aboriginal Community.
How will artists be selected?
Responses to this EOI will be evaluated by the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George Art Committee, which includes Indigenous and Metis members of the AHSPG Board and a representative from Aboriginal Programs at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The Committee also includes advisory services from an individual with expertise in Lheidli T’enneh culture to ensure that local protocols are respected as well as the architectural and construction team to ensure that artwork is feasible (from a construction perspective) and within approved budgets.
What type of material would the Society like artists to use? What are the design parameters?
The Society is not prescribing a specific material or size for pieces at this time, as we want to work with artists to determine the most appropriate fabrication methods for their artwork. Currently the Society has funding for 3 exterior wall art pieces. More information about design parameters is available in the Expression of Interest document. The size of each piece will depend on budget and material/fabrication methods, as well as structural constraints of the buildings. The Society has confirmed the following criteria that artists must meet:
• Durable/long-lasting in four seasons.
• Reflects Indigenous and Metis cultures from across the north.
• Is cohesive across the master-planned site and tells a story/narrative.
• Artists are local/regional Indigenous or Metis artists.
• Artwork is completed within the project budget.
• Artwork is fabricated in a manner that the buildings can structurally support.
When will the Society select artists and when would the design process start?
We are aiming to select artists by July 23, 2021. The design process would start soon after that. The goal is to allow artists time throughout August and early September to develop their artwork proposal.