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CALL FOR ARTISTS –

Event: 2024 Community Arts Council Street Banner Project

Project: Create four Street Banner Designs to be displayed in pairs.

Theme:Festival of the Arts”.

Size: Each image is designed for a 32” x 60” finished banner including 3.5” sleeve top and bottom. Artists should include a concept as to how to split the image into two designs 18” x 60”.

Design: Images should be very bold and simple with a minimum of 1 – 3 items and no more than 3 – 4 colour screens. Subject matter should be related to the Preforming Arts BC Provincial Festival (www.bcprovincials.com).

Timeline: Call for Artist Submission is January 15, 2024, to February 12, 2024.

 Entries Due: Monday, February 12, 2024. Artwork can be saved as a printable pdf file, at 300dpi at ¼ size of the finished banner size. Submit to FSJ Community Arts Council  info@fsjarts.org .

Selection Process: In keeping with the theme of “Festival of the Arts”, preference will be given to artists with present and past ties to the North Peace area.

The Final Selection will be decided at a Review Committee selected by the Fort St John Community Arts Council and submitted to the FSJ Community Arts Council no Later than Friday, February 23, 2024.

Notification to Artists: Artists will be notified by the FSJ Community Arts Council once the Selection Process is completed on or before Friday, February 23, 2024.

Accepted Artwork: Successful artists will work with the Community Arts Council and the Banner Company to finalize the images in a Technical Review and Critique by Friday, March 15, 2024. The artists have the option of including their name on the design. The artist of each of the four final designs selected will receive a fee of $250.00 per image. The images will then become the property of the FSJ Community Arts Council.

For further information, please contact the FSJ Community Arts Council at  info@fsjarts.org or by calling 250 787-2781.

Tips for Creating the Fort St John Banners.

1: Street banners are designed to be read not only by pedestrians but also by passengers in moving vehicles.  Images should therefore be very bold and simple with  a minimum of 1 to 3 items of subject matter. 

2: If text is used it should be large and bold in a simple typeface with no drop shadows and a minimum amount of text will be more visible.  Fine line work will be lost  and blurred.

3: For banner longevity, use bright bold primary colours or at the least strong secondary colours.   Some colours will blend into one from a distance e.g. green and blue together.

Do not use outlines but allow some white to delineate colours. This really helps make the image read from a distance.  White and yellow together will eventually fade out into a blur.  Dark colours work well against light and vice versa .  Pastel colours do not work on street lamp post banners.

4: Do not use half tones and graduated colours as they also fade out quickly.

5: Design as if for screen printing, allowing no more than 3 to 4 screens.  Even though the banners are digitally printed, bold simple screen printed type images will still read best no matter how they are printed.  Any item vertically hoisted will diminish in size by at least half.  Therefore think in terms of designing  a postage stamp which has to be read traveling at 50 kph minimum.

6: Artwork can be saved as a printable pdf file, at 300dpi at ¼ size of the finished banner size.

7: The banner size currently for Fort St. John is 32” x 60” including 3.5” sleeves top and bottom included in the 80” length. There are 11 poles requiring a split image of 18” x 60”.

The two 3.5” sleeve/rod pocket areas should be left as blank space. Stitching lines will distort any image near them.  Design to the finished size and the manufacturer will look after all bleeds.

8: When working on computer design and /or paper e.g. letter size 8.5” x 11”, it is advisable to view the finished creative from 4 feet approx.   If the image is still readable then this is a banner design that will work in both a pedestrian and traffic flow area.

9: Banner Companies are frequently asked by designers to view the draft of a design before it goes for final approval.  Companies can offer advice from a production and technical aspect and assist with corrections.  Once a design has been approved by the end user it is often difficult at this stage to make any necessary changes.  Better to check in earlier to ensure “readable” and  uv colourfast images.

NPSS Presents: Spamalot

December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre

Get tickets here

Join the NPSS Musical Theatre class as they present Monty Python’s Spamalot this December.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls? The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

Call for Artists

Fort St. John Community Arts Council

Artist Call-Out: From Hate to Hope

Project Overview

The Fort St. John Community Arts Council has partnered with BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner to create an exciting arts project here in Treaty 8 territory on the traditional lands of the Dane-zaa peoples of the Doig River First Nation, Blueberry River First Nation, and Halfway River First Nation.  Fort St. John will be the location for one of four community murals depicting the theme of From Hate to Hope.

Every 12-18 months, British Columbia’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner develops a public campaign to highlight systemic human rights issues through the lens of one of the identities protected under BC’s Human Rights Code. Past campaigns include Be Anti-Racist and Rewrite the Rules, which was shared through bus shelter ads, digital online ads, billboards, banners, posters, and video ads. BCOHRC is committed to exploring different mediums to reach the public in BC. This year, the campaign will use public art in the form of wall murals in four communities around the province. 

This year’s campaign builds on the report from BCOHRC’s Inquiry into Hate in the COVID-19 Pandemic and explores the theme of Hate to Hope

Please note:

  • Painting will commence in September and must be completed by early October.
  • Artist fees will be in accordance with CARFAC rates.
  • See below for submission details and deadlines.

Location and Theme

These murals are intended to reach general audiences with varied understandings and comfort with the topic of hate to:  

  • step into conversations on hate 
  • to be moved to be an active changemaker 
  • to learn more about the work of the Inquiry 
  • to continue their commitment to nurture communities that are free of discrimination 
  • to share the message with their communities 

The mural is also meant to hold importance for and empower communities that continue to experience hate and for those who continue to be committed to seeing change.  Once completed, the four murals will be part of a broader educational campaign across the province.  

The mural artist must include a sports and recreation theme within the final product. The size of the space 13 feet high and 16 feet wide

Artist Selection and Submission Requirements

The artist will be chosen via an impartial selection committee. Artist submission will be accepted via e-mail until end of day August 28th. Please include the below:

  • Portfolio including social media and recent work.
  • E-mail including a written statement of interest and your commitment to anti-hate work.
  • Preference will be given to:
    • Artists who have experienced or lived with hate.
    • Artists who live and work in the North Peace
    • Artists who have experience creating murals
  • Successful artist will be required to have liability insurance and be willing to complete any safety training to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, and all applicable policies and procedures attached to the installation site.

Mural Development Process

The artist must work through a community engaged process to develop the design for the mural. This will include a minimum of 1 in-person community design session. The artist must also be willing to provide 2 drafts, and 1 final draft to a Selection Committee.

Submission Process and Deadlines

  • Please submit your proposal to info@fsjarts.org by end of day August 28, 2023
  • Successful artist will be contacted September 6, 2023

Established in 1967, the Fort St John Community Arts Council is a nonprofit, volunteer organization, dedicated to the support and development of the arts, culture, and heritage in Fort St John and area. For over 55 years, the Community Arts Council has been conducting arts programs and activities, supporting member groups, encouraging individual creative growth, and sharing information about arts, culture, and heritage in the community. We are 29 member groups growing stronger together and are thrilled to partner with the BCOHRC on this mural project themed From Hate to Hope.

If you have questions, please contact: info@fsjarts.org