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Call for Mural Artists – Downtown Kamloops

Call for Mural Artists – Downtown Kamloops

The call for mural artists for summer 2020 is open. The KCBIA began the public mural program in order to make the back alleys part of the downtown Kamloops experience  There are now over thirty murals adorning downtown Kamloops’s alleyways and parking lots. Apply to become a lead mural artist now!

Lead Mural Artist

The lead mural artist designs and completes the mural, typically within four to five weeks. Responsibilities include:

  • Working with confidence in large scale design and execution
  • Cooperating with property owners to create designs
  • Teaching, mentoring, and managing an artist’s assistants who will help with the implementation of the design

Requirements

  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and be able to supervise a small team of assistants.
  • Must be prepared to work outside during the summer months.
  • Must be willing to work on scaffolding and use the necessary safety equipment.
  • Must be able to lift to 50 pounds.

To download a detailed guide for submission click below.

Apply Now

Submit your artist portfolio with qualifications and examples of previous projects and works. Please state the desired compensation, and availability during the summer season. References are requested.

Closing date: July 2nd, 2020

Required Submission Materials

Length: Maximum four 8.5 x 11 pages

Size: 10 MB maximum

File type: Submission should be in a single PDF file

Submit all applications and inquiries to murals@downtownkamloops.com

Application deadline: July 2, 2020

Note: Should the proposal requirements for this call be a barrier to you submitting your ideas, please contact us at murals@downtownkamloops.com before May 3rd.

Though this year will look different than past ones, the KCBIA looks forward to sharing new stories in Downtown Kamloops.

Back Alley Art Gallery

Back Alley Art Gallery

This summer in Downtown Kamloops come on down to see the Back-Alley Art Gallery mural program! This public mural program was undertaken because we wanted to make our alleys part of the walkable, livable space downtown. There is now a total of 30 murals in Downtown Kamloops and rather than a single theme for our murals, we wanted to create a truly eclectic collection. It’s an outdoor art gallery and like all good galleries, it features a mixture of different artistic styles! The mural artists meet with the business and property owners and collaborate on a slew of different concepts. Sometimes this means having a mural design to fit the theme of the store or letting the group’s creativity run wild!

The Back-Alley Art Gallery is an integral component in the KCBIA’s Complete Streets Initiative: public spaces that are friendly, supportive, appealing, and safe. This program creates community partnerships between the local business and creative communities and provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents, diversify the downtown business environment, and beautify public space.

Project partners include the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Housing and Social Development and their Job Creation Partnership, the various property owners, Kamloops Arts Council, suppliers including Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, United Rentals and the BC Wildlife Park. Through coming together, we were able to take a dream and coax it into reality!

If you phone ahead of time, on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm during July and August, you can receive a tour of all the murals by your favorite CAP Team members. If you prefer to venture out at different times, you can always grab a map either online from our website or you can grab one from a CAP Team member on the street. So, this summer season, be sure to discover the works of art right around the corner!

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

A Walk Through the Back Alley Art Gallery

A Walk Through the Back Alley Art Gallery

Back Alley Art Gallery

The Back Alley Art Gallery is an outdoor art gallery, that like all great galleries, features a mixture of different artistic styles. We started the public mural program to make our alleys part of the walkable, livable spaces downtown. There are many murals in Downtown Kamloops. Rather than a single theme for our murals, we wanted to create a truly eclectic collection. We wanted to have a diverse range of mural styles celebrating different cultures, themes, artistic expressions, and mediums.

Murals

I have had the pleasure of coordinating the installation of the new murals in the Back Alley Art Gallery for the past two years. During this time, I have grown to have a large appreciation for the amount of talent and for local artists and their dedication to this program and community. Downtown Kamloops asked Kamloopsians what they thought of the Back Alley Art Gallery and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. We are happy that you love and appreciate the value of this great program in the community!

The attention this project has received through the media, local businesses and the tourism industry has been overwhelming. It has been instrumental in demonstrating to other organizations that they can produce their own murals. The KCBIA is thrilled to contribute to the arts and culture landscape and will continue to do so whenever we can gain funding. Our efforts have resulted in other organizations producing public murals as well. We hope the trend continues.

Conclusion

We invite you to take a stroll through the Back Alley Art Gallery and gain your own appreciation. You can find a self-guided map here or pick one up at the KCBIA’s main office #4-231 Victoria Street. The CAP Team is available to provide walking tours (by donation) during their regular working hours – Monday to Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Email alexis@downtownkamloops.com for more information! Don’t forget to use #downtownkamloops on your social media posts for a chance to have your pictures shared on our pages!

Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor wrote this article. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about the CAP team and the back alley art gallery, you can find more information on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

Back Alley Art Gallery Call for Artists

Back Alley Art Gallery Call for Artists

Call for artist assistants.

The KCBIA is planning a few more murals for our Back Alley Outdoor Art Gallery in Downtown Kamloops. The project will commence July 18, 2016.

We are looking for Mural Artist Assistants

Artist Assistants

Do you love to paint, want to learn how to create large scale works and update your knowledge of the process? Become a Mural Artist Assistant for the 2016 Downtown Kamloops Back Alley Art Gallery.

By workign with us you will gain work experience in large scale mural creation, time management and project planning & implementation.
You will be exposed to and develop a variety of painting techniques.

  • Duties to include but not limited to:
  • Wall cleaning and prepping procedure for paint application
  • Equipment ordering
  • Equipment assembly and storage
  • Paint cataloguing
  • Mural cataloguing
  • Mural issue cataloguing
  • Graffiti paint out
  • Painting – general
  • Painting – details
  • Promotion

You must be E.I. eligible (not currently employed and have been Employment Insurance Benefits in the last 2 years or maternity leave in the last 3 years). You must have a desire to work hard and learn about large scale painting and the mural process in order to further your career. Employment will start July 18, 2016. We have two positions to fill. Please submit your resume with references to get the process started.

Interested individuals are asked to email a resume to admin@downtownkamloops.com and/or call the office at 250.372.3242 with any questions.