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Call for Mural Artist

Mural Artist Submission

Apply for an exciting summer project!
ARE YOU A LOCAL MURAL ARTIST?

Submit your application!

The call for mural artists is out. The Mural program supports local artists while creating a positive space in Downtown. It attracts locals as well as tourists. The Mural program is meant to beautify back alleys, dieter Grafitti, and improve public safety. 

Want to paint a mural that will contribute to the heart of our city and create a legacy? 

Downtown Kamloops is looking for experienced Mural Artists to create new murals to enhance the existing back alley art gallery collection.  This opportunity is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

  • Must be capable of painting large murals on the exterior of Downtown buildings during the summer. 
  • Must include at least 3 samples of completed works of art, and a CV detailing projects you have been involved with.
  • Must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents, legally entitled to work, and between 15 -30 years of age.
  • Will be compensated full-time hours for 6 weeks to complete the project

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.

This program is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia

#27. 258 Seymour Street – No Parking

#27. 258 Seymour Street – No Parking

Artist: Kelly Wright (2018

This mural was designed with the community in mind! During the KCBIA’s 2nd Back Alley Block Party, the community was invited to throw water balloons filled with paint at the wall. Afterwards, the artist was able to use the colours of the splattered paint as fill for the beautiful grizzly bear pictured above! This mural took four weeks to complete.

#26. 223 Victoria Street – The Jaguar Gate

#26. 223 Victoria Street – The Jaguar Gate

Artist: Alexx Moir-Porteous (2017)

This depicts an Olmec/Inca temple site, whose ruins have become overgrown by the forest. Move through the guardians at the gate, past the megalithic stone wall and drift back to the step pyramid in the background. Imagine yourself in another time and place. Drawing inspiration from diverse cultures to add depth and breadth to the Alley Art Gallery.

#25. 316 Victoria Street – The Mystic

#25. 316 Victoria Street – The Mystic

Artist: Ken Wells (2017)

The story behind this mural is that the Old Mystic is sending his red roses out into the world with his doves, they are received by the lady at the front, she doesn’t know from where they come. The intention of this mural is the promotion of peace and love throughout the world, without knowing who you are sending it to, or who is receiving it. The artist has designed elements within the painting to camouflage parts of the building structure; the window became the bird cage. By using this technique, the artwork is not diluted by the building. The ladies’ patio in the painting blends with the actual head office patio which overlooks Victoria Street. Remember, send it out into the universe – knowing it will be received with gratitude.

#24. 301 Victoria Street – Homage to the Leland Hotel

#24. 301 Victoria Street – Homage to the Leland Hotel

Artist: Evan Christian (2017)

This mural was designed to celebrate the rich history that Kamloops offers. The building that stood here until 1980 was the Leland Hotel, which was built in 1905, named in 1907 but met its end in flames. Conceptually the mural pays homage to the historic Leland Hotel but in a very modern, contemporary and unusual way. This is a popular genre of mural, so colourful and energetic this work of urban art was created with a combination of wall paint and spray paint. This mural is a dynamic addition to the diversity of our Alley Art Gallery.

#23. 366 Victoria Street – Bee City

#23. 366 Victoria Street – Bee City

Artists: Alexx Moir-Porteous, Ken Wells, Evan Christian, Marianna Abutalipova and Kelly Wright

The Kami Inn parking lot was the location for the 2017 Spring Fest. During the weekend a collaborative mural was painted on the side of Jonathan Buchner Gems & Jewellery. This mural consists of local wildflowers and bee friendly flowers painted in different styles by an array of talented artists. It was an art event – A weekend mural!

#22. 219 Victoria Street – Italian City

#22. 219 Victoria Street – Italian City

Artist: Ken Wells (2012)
This is an Italian architectural mural with a special point of view best viewed from the alley. The arch way creates a window to an active scene. The theme of this mural is a meeting place. The dog, a Welsh Sealyham Terrier, appears in a few murals and is a nod to the artist (Ken Wells) mother who was an artist and dog breeder in the UK.

Designed by KTW Digital

© Downtown Kamloops 2021

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