RespectFest 2017 – Participatory Public Art Piece
Call for Artist(s)
General Terms and Conditions
Deadline for applications: April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST
The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) is issuing a call for artists (local, national and international) to submit a proposal for a Participatory Public Art Piece that will be revealed Saturday September 23, 2017. The application deadline is April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST.
The DVA invites artists to create a Participatory Public Art Piece that will engage a range of community members in the design phase of the project. The Participatory Public Art Piece will focus on the theme of Respect and will be located in the Downtown Vernon Business Improvement Area (See map for details).
The Participatory Public Art Piece will be part of RespectFest 2017. RespectFest 2017 is an initiative funded in part by the Government of Canada, the DVA and the City of Vernon. The lead agencies are Social Planning Council, the Downtown Vernon Association and Allan Brooks Nature Centre with letters of support from an additional 30 organizations. The concept of RespectFest 2017 is to build on other local projects/initiatives that celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and to provide opportunities to learn more about First Nation history that predates confederation; acknowledging a history that goes back millenniums.
RespectFest 2017 events will take place September 18 – 24, 2017 and over the course of the week are expected to attract 12,000 participants of all ages.
The main themes for RespectFest 2017 are: respecting our land and environment; honoring our indigenous history and roots; understanding our multicultural history, and recognizing the strengths that diversity brings to our community and nation.
The DVA is leading the component that includes the creation of a Participatory Public Art Piece.
The City of Vernon has agreed to own and maintain the Participatory Public Art Piece and will work with event organizers on a final location, in the Downtown Vernon Business Improvement Area (See map for details).
The Participatory Public Art Piece will be an ongoing legacy to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
- The Participatory Public Art Piece is open to professional and up and coming artists (local, national and international) of all backgrounds.
- The artist must demonstrate a connection to the city of Vernon.
- The artist must demonstrate community engagement/involvement with the design phase the Participatory Public Art Piece.
- The Participatory Public Art Piece must be created out of materials and with processes that make them suitable for outdoor, long-term display.
- The Participatory Public Art Piece must be designed to incorporate safety considerations and engineered in accordance with regulations or codes.
- The DVA will retain copyright for the Participatory Public Art Piece.
- The artist is required to be present for the installation (if the Participatory Public Art Piece is not being created on site)
- The artist is required to be present for the revealing of the Participatory Public Art Piece on September 23, 2017
Criteria for Selection of the Commissioned Artist
This is a Juried Public Art Call, so selection will be made on the merits of the artist, the quality of the proposed Participatory Public Art Piece including community engagement in the design phase and the artists demonstrated link to the community of Vernon. The adjudication of proposals will be based on the following criteria:
- The artist’s record of creating Participatory Public Art and support/evidence of previous art making and exhibition experiences.
- The artist’s capacity to work with the materials and processes of the proposed outdoor Participatory Public Art Piece.
- The design of the proposed Participatory Public Art Piece.
- The plan for the Participatory Public Art Piece to meet all safety and engineering needs and process to engage the community.
- Demonstrated connection to the community of Vernon.
- How well the design concept addresses the Respect theme.
- Creativity, public safety, and durability in an outdoor setting. The jury, with input from the City staff, will consider the proposals’ material, construction, durability, maintenance, public access and safety.
The jury will review and approve submissions with decisions being made on a consensus majority vote.
The jury may opt to not accept any of the submissions, in which case the selection process may be reopened.
The commission for this Public Art Call is $30,000 (including all expenses, materials, participatory approach, installation, artists time)
- Deadline for submission of Proposals: April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST
- Announcement of selected artist/proposal: May 12, 2017
- Participatory Public Art Piece revealed Saturday September 23, 2017
Please include all of the following components in your Proposal:
- Artist’s curriculum vitae/resume/portfolio.
- A description of the Participatory Public Art Piece and how it depicts the concept of Respect.
- An explanation of the proposed community engagement during the design phase including the range of community groups that will be engaged.
- A brief explanation of the materials and processes that will be used to create the Participatory Public Art Piece.
- A brief explanation of the artist’s link to the community of Vernon.
- A brief budget.
- Proposed location of the Participatory Public Art Piece in the Downtown Vernon Business Improvement Area (Refer to map).
The selected artist will enter into a contract with the DVA, that will address additional details related to this project.
Submission Options (Deadline April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST):
The proposal can be mailed to: Or emailed to:
Participatory Public Art Piece firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Vernon Association
#101 3334 30th Ave
Vernon BC V1T 2C8
If you have any questions regarding this Artist Call, please contact Carla Thachuk, RespectFest Coordinator, DVA, 250 542 5851 or email@example.com