Call for Entries: Valley Park Branch Public Art Mural
Hamilton Public Library is seeking professional artists and artist-led teams to submit proposals for a mural, to be installed on an exterior wall of the new Valley Park Branch and recreation building, at Paramount Drive. The expected completion date is Spring 2022.
Proposals are encouraged from artists and artist-led teams who have the technical skills to provide the work in a still, digital format. Hamilton Public Library is responsible for printing and installing the mural.
The proposed art piece should be welcoming and invite a sense of arrival.
The subject of the successful work should be reflective of one or more of the following themes:
Art that celebrates and reflects the history and local relevance to the Upper Stoney Creek community.
Art that celebrates the local geographic environment and HPL’s commitment to sustainability.
The mural is to be printed onto a series of panels with a total combined length of 14.62m and height of 4.27m. The work can be created in any medium but must be provided as high-resolution digital files suitable for large-format printing.
Entry deadline: June 20, 2021, by 11pm EST.
Submissions by email must be sent to: email@example.com and include “Valley Park Branch Public Art Mural” in the Subject line.
Artists are selected by a jury through a two-stage process.
Short-listed applicants completing a stage two submission receive $500.
HPL invites one local resident to join the jury tasked with choosing the winning artwork to go on an exterior mural at our new Valley Park branch. The selected juror must be able to attend four virtual, day-long meetings in Summer and Fall. The selected juror will be financially compensated for their time.
If interested, please email submissions on or before June 20, 2021, to VPmural@hpl.ca Please include your first and last name, telephone number, email address, and three reasons why you want to be a juror.
Public art is important in our shared community spaces. The project is a celebrating of the local community and its natural spaces.
A selection committee of stakeholders, artists and community members rates and evaluates the submitted work based on preset criteria. The names of the jurors will be released after the selected artwork is announced.
The Stage 1 deadline is June 20, 2021. A shortlist of Stage 1 artists is selected to proceed to Stage 2 of the competition. The Stage 2 deadline is August 17, 2021.
Artists or artist-led teams. Youth can participate if a parent or guardian signs on their behalf.
Branch construction is expected to be completed Fall 2021-Spring 2022. We hope to unveil the exterior mural at the Spring 2022 grand opening celebration.
Funding for this art call is allocated in the renovation budget of the new Valley Park Branch. The estimated cost is $30,000.
Public consultations will be online, and if pandemic restrictions ease, also in-branch to allow the community a say in the winning artwork.
To avoid conflicts of interests, HPL Staff and City employees can’t participate in this call for entries.
The final artwork is fabricated on recycled aluminum panels. Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy, generates 95% fewer emissions and creates 97% less water pollution than manufacturing primary aluminum.