2022 Community Canvas Mural Project

The 2022 Community Canvas Mural Project aims to add vibrancy to Saanich this summer with colourful murals in public parks. Through this project, the District of Saanich is commissioning up to three murals with goals to:

  • Enhance Saanich neighbourhoods and public spaces through the integration of public art and opportunities for the public to engage with the arts
  • Support artists to produce publically accessible, engaging art in Saanich that provides community impact, sense of pride, identity and belonging
  • Celebrate community, culture and diversity.

This project includes two calls: a Call to Mural Artists and a request for Selection Committee members to evaluate artist submissions. The District of Saanich recognizes and values diversity and inclusion and encourages applications for both calls from individuals and groups that are typically underrepresented, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), 2SLGBTQIA+ identifying individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Information on the Call to Mural Artists and Request for Selection Committee members is provided below.

CALL TO MURAL ARTISTS

The application period is now closed. Thank you to everyone that took the time to submit an application.

Updated June 15, 2022: The mural opportunities are open to mural artists and artist groups with at least one member from the Capital Regional District (including the Gulf Islands) and Southern Vancouver Island. Artists or artist groups will be chosen for each mural site by a Selection Committee through an open, two-stage process.

Selection Process

Stage 1: Artists are invited to submit an application. Up to three artists or artist groups will be shortlisted for each mural opportunity and requested to further develop their concept proposals and provide a design/schematic for a Stage 2 review.

Stage 2: Shortlisted artists will be invited to further develop their concept proposals and include a design schematic. They will receive a $350 honorarium for completed Stage 2 submissions. The Selection Committee will review proposals and recommend to the District of Saanich an artist/group for each location.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your application and required materials (including your concept proposal) using the online application form through this link: Community Canvas Application Form (now closed).
  • If you are unable to submit your application online, download the application form PDF (coming soon) and submit following the instructions in the Call to Artists Guidelines [PDF - 768 KB].
  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022.

Timeline (subject to change):

June 27, 2022 (9:00 a.m.)

Stage 1 Submission Deadline

July 8, 2022

Shortlisted Artists Contacted

July 15, 2022 (9:00 a.m.)

Stage 2 Submission Deadline

August 3, 2022

Artists Announced

August to September 2022

Mural Installation

REQUEST FOR SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The District of Saanich is seeking artists, creative professionals and community representatives to join the Selection Committee for the 2022 Community Canvas Mural Project. Committee members will evaluate artists’ proposals and recommend artists for up to three murals on Saanich-owned sites. In addition, committee members may be invited to provide input into the development of a mural roster/directory in the fall.

The Selection Committee will include up to three (3) artists and/or creative professionals (such as a designer, architect or arts and cultural professional), one (1) community members (i.e. Saanich resident) as well as one (1) staff member.

To learn more about the committee and how to apply, review the:

The application deadline is June 26, 2022.

Questions about the 2022 Community Canvas Mural Project?

Contact: Brenda Weatherston, Community Arts Programmer, t. 250-475-5557, e. brenda.weatherston@saanich.ca.