Artist Call to Create Concept Design on 18-Foot Canoe for Canada Day

The City of Fredericton is inviting submissions from local artists to create a concept design on an 18-foot Chestnut canoe for a participatory art activity during this year’s Canada Day celebrations.

Fredericton Tourism will select a local artist to design a paint-by-numbers concept featuring: iconic Fredericton landmarks, along with elements of New Brunswick and Canada; outline the artwork on the canoe; and work with the public to paint the canoe during Canada Day celebrations in Barracks Square.  

Submission Guidelines:

Artists are asked to submit the following:

  • A brief overview of qualifications and past experience with similar commissions.
  • A concept sketch design proposal and a brief written description with respect to the theme/design.
  • Indicate the proposed process and materials to be used.

The budget for this project is $2,800, plus materials. Artists must email their submission to maryellen.hudson@fredericton.ca by Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Details about the Artist Call are listed below.

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TOURISM FREDERICTON

Artist Call

Canada Day Community Art Project


Background:

Fredericton Tourism has an original 18-foot Chestnut Canoe to be used as a canvas for a participatory art activity during Canada Day celebrations.  A local artist will be selected to design a concept, outline the artwork on the canoe and work with the public to paint the canoe.

Scope of project:

This is a paint-by-numbers concept featuring iconic Fredericton landmarks, along with elements of New Brunswick and Canada.  The artist will outline the artwork to be painted in advance, June 19 through 30, and apply numbers to the spaces to be painted corresponding with numbers on the paint cans.

The design will need to be relatively simple so it can be completed during this time frame and without great difficulty, hence the simple “colouring book” or paint-by-numbers” approach to the artwork.

The artist will be expected to be on site for Canada Day, July 1st, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and work with the public to paint the canoe during Canada Day Celebrations in Barracks Square from 12 to 5 p.m.

Advance preparation and finishing work can be done onsite in the Soldiers Barracks in Barracks Square as the canoe will be stored in a Casemate. The canoe measures 18 feet long by 3 feet wide.

Following Canada Day, the artist will be expected to complete the work by applying necessary touch-ups, glazing, and sealing. The artist will work with the Fredericton Tourism Coordinator to schedule appropriate preparatory work, and to finish the work in the casemates.

The finished piece will be used for exhibit purposes only, and will not be used on the water. A similar project was completed in Ottawa, Ontario. (See photo for reference.)

Submission Guidelines:

Artists are asked to submit the following:

  • A brief overview of qualifications and past experience with similar commissions.
  • A concept sketch design proposal, and a brief written description with respect to the theme/design.
  • Indicate the proposed process and materials to be used. (For the Ottawa project noted, acrylic paints were used.)

Budget/Fee: $2800, plus materials (acrylic paint) 

Deadline to apply: 5 p.m., Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Email submissions to: Maryellen.hudson@fredericton.ca

Questions: Mary Ellen Hudson, Tel: 460.2043 or cell: 292.0843. maryellen.hudson@fredericton.ca