Expressions of Interest (EOI)
To celebrate and promote the UNESCO City of Music designation, the London Arts Council (LAC) invites artists and creators residing in London, Ontario, surrounding First Nations (the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, the Oneida Nation of the Thames, and the Munsee-Delaware Nation) to submit expressions of interest (EOI) with a preliminary design proposal to be considered for the UNESCO City of Music Mural Project.
For this highly prestigious opportunity to create a prominent mural at RBC Place London representing the unique and momentous designation, the artwork should be themed on the ‘City of Music’. A jury, encompassing members of the arts community will select four artists/creators (4) in total - three finalists (3) for the award of $500.00 and a winner (1) for the award of the commission, and the winner will complete the design proposal by working with LAC and the City. Submissions for this project are now closed. UNESCO City of Music Mural Project Description
On November 8, 2021, the City of London was recognized as Canada’s first UNESCO City of Music, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). UCCN strives to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
To celebrate and promote this unique and momentous designation, LAC will administer the creation of a large-scale mural project (approx. 40 ft wide by 4 ft tall) on behalf of the City of London Culture Services as part of the City of London Public Art and Monument program.
The selected artist/creator for the commission will complete the design proposal by working with LAC and create a mural on five wooden panels (each panel is about 8 ft wide by 4 ft tall) specially constructed and primed by a professional carpenter for this project. The mural will be painted in an artist studio or, if available, in a designated space within the RBC Place London facility.
After painting the mural, the artist/creator MUST apply a water-based sealant to protect it. When the mural is finished, the artist/creator MUST deliver each panel to RBC Place London safely for installation. For the installation, the LAC's professional installer will mount the panels to the bulkhead.
The panels can be moved together or separately to a variety of locations. As a result, the artist/creator should consider different panel configurations for the mural design, such as horizontal, vertical, separately, together, or in groups. The mural design may be modular, with each panel able to be displayed together in various configurations or separately.
[Mural location: Inside of RBC Place London, Main Lobby, Bulkhead] Timeline and Process (Project Duration: November 2022 – March 2023)
The selected artist/creator will be expected to comply with the project’s general timeline dates, as listed below:
Please note: the artist/creator is NOT responsible for development of wooden panels, as well as the installation process and associated costs.
**You MUST read the full information pacakage about this opportunity prior to filling out the online application.** This information package includes important information including jury criteria and the design proposal. To view this information package, please download the following file:
Artists/creators wishing to be considered must complete all application requirements. Please complete all required fields of the online application form and submit the required application documents.
Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted. Applications submitted through other means, such as fax, mail, and email will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the application is submitted by the deadline.
For any questions about this project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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