Call to Curators – Request for Qualifications – Placemaker Program Saskatoon

CALL FOR ARTISTS  

DIGITAL ART FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL BOXES & ALLEY DOORS

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Context

Public Art is a part of our public history, part of our evolving culture and part of our collective memory.  It reflects and reveals our society and adds meaning to our cities. As artists respond to our times, they reflect their inner vision to the outside world while creating a chronicle of our public experience.

At the request of City Council, the City of Regina and Regina Police Service developed a Graffiti Management Program to address the issue of graffiti in Regina.  The Mural Art Program is a component of this program and is expected to assist with preventing and reducing graffiti in Downtown, managed by the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID).  

Project description

RDBID, in partnership with the City of Regina, is seeking visual artists to create innovative art for the downtown public realm for traffic control boxes and alley doors as part of phase three of our Mural Art Program. There are two mural art opportunities available to artists.

Traffic Control Boxes

Phase three of the Mural Art Program will see the addition of public art to traffic control boxes located along 12th Ave. in between Albert St. and Saskatchewan Dr. These are the highly visible silver metal boxes at intersections that control the operation of traffic signals.  

A digital reproduction of the successful designs will be transferred onto a vinyl product that will be wrapped around the traffic control boxes.  Artists should understand that the finished works will be on functioning City of Regina equipment that may need repair or replacing at a later date. The City therefore cannot guarantee the duration of use of each traffic signal box.

Important details:

  • Traffic control boxes measure 30 inches wide, 17 inches deep and 56 inches high. There is one box that is larger than the others and measures 44 inches wide, 27 inches deep, and 58 inches high (this one is located on the 2300 block of 12th Ave. at Smith St. near the Central Branch of the RPL).
  • The traffic control boxes all have 4 sides visible as well as a roof.  Your design should be developed with this in mind. Other existing features of the traffic boxes includes vents, a door, hinges and a handle.
  • A list of the locations of the traffic control boxes is included below.

Locations of traffic control boxes:

Please see below for the locations of the traffic control boxes. There are 6 traffic control boxes that make up phase three of this project.

  • Corner of 12th Ave. and Albert St. (in front of Sherwood Place Building). This box has 4 sides visible.
  • 2300 block of 12th Ave. at Smith St (behind the downtown branch of the RPL).  This box has 4 sides visible.
  • Corner of 12th Ave. and Scarth St. (in front of the Canada Life Place Building). This box has 4 sides visible.
  • Corner of 12th Ave. and Lorne St. (at the entrance to Victoria Park).  This box has 4 sides visible.
  • Corner of 12th Ave. and Hamilton St. (in front of Canadian Western Bank).  This box has 4 sides visible.
  • Corner of 12th Ave. and Rose St. (in front of Dean Renwick Design Studio). This box has 4 sides visible.

Alley Doors

Phase three of the Mural Art Program will also see the addition of public art to doors in the alley between Scarth St. and Hamilton St. from 11th Ave. to 12th Ave.

A digital reproduction of the successful designs will be transferred onto a vinyl product that will be wrapped around the doors.  Artists should understand that the finished works will be on doors belonging to private owners and therefore may require repair or replacement at a later date. RDBID cannot guarantee the duration of use of each alley door.

Important details

  • The dimensions of the alley doors range between 34 inches horizontally and 83.5 inches vertically.
  • Some doors have windows inset into their far left or far right side. Your design should be developed with this in mind.
  • A list of locations of the doors can be found below.

Locations of alley doors:

Please see below for the locations of alley doors (in between Scarth St. and Hamilton St., from 11th to 12th Aves.).  There are 22 doors between Scarth St. and Hamilton St., from 11th Ave. to 12th Ave., that are part of Phase 3 of this project. 4 of the doors feature as double side-by-side doors; each of these double door sections will include one continuous design.

  • The Globe Theatre – 1801 Scarth St. – Dimensions: 34 x 83.5”.  
  • Beer Brothers receiving entrance – 1821 Scarth St. – Dimensions: 35.75 x 82”.
  • Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre – 1835 Scarth St. – Dimensions: 33.5 x 82”.
  • FCC Tower – 1800 Hamilton St. (5 doors). 35 x 83” (x 2 doors).
    Dimensions: 35.25 x 82.5”, 35 x 83” (2 doors), and 34 x 82” (2 doors).
  • The Willoughby Condos – 1839 Scarth St. (3 doors).
    Dimensions: 35.75 x 79”, 36 x 83”, and 35.75 x 77.5”.  
  • Madame Yes Dark Fashion – 1843 Scarth St. – Dimensions 31.75 x 79”.   
  • Pita Queen at 1847 Scarth St – Dimensions 36.75 x 81.5”
  • The Shoppes on Hamilton – 1850 Hamilton St. (5 doors, 4 that feature as double side-by-side doors. The fifth, single door features a left-oriented window cut-out). Dimensions: 74 x 84” for each of the two sections of double side-by-side doors. The dimensions of the single door are 35 x 83.5”.
  • Salon SnaX – 1861 Scarth St. – Dimensions: 35.75 x 82.5”
  • Hill Tower II – 1881 Scarth St. (2 doors). Dimensions: 36 x 78” and 35 x 77”.
  • 20Ten City Eatery – 2010 12th Ave. – Dimensions: 39 x 82”.

Please Note

Artists should be aware that traffic signal boxes and alley doors are often targets for vandalism. Although we will protect the artwork with a vandal-resistant clear coat and will deploy our Clean Team to remove graffiti from tagged doors, we cannot guarantee that vandalized traffic signal boxes or alley doors will be restored to their original state. Artists must accept the risk that their artwork may be damaged, altered, or removed at any time after completion.

Submission Requirements  

  • Reflect an understanding of the community and its identifying features, values and character.  
  • Interpret these elements into public artwork for the traffic control boxes and alley doors.  
  • Be an original design that is respectful and suitable for the traffic control boxes and alley doors.
  • Showcase the artist through color, design, technique and creativity.

An adjudication committee will review the submissions and selected artists will receive an honorarium of $525 per alley door design and $675.00 per traffic control box design at signing of agreement.

To apply, please provide:

  • Artwork concept description with a rough sketch of the design. Please indicate in this description which project you are applying for (alley doors or traffic control boxes or both). Please note that RDBID and the City of Regina reserve the right to assign your submitted artwork to a specific traffic control box or alley door.
  • If you are submitting artwork for a section of double side-by-side alley doors, please note this in your application.
  • 3 images of past work.
  • Artist bio.
  • Artist website link (if available).
  • Complete contact information including email address, mailing address and phone number

Submissions that do not include all of the above will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.  
Please include only the requested materials in your submission.

Digital submissions are required.  Upload ALL materials to one folder in Google Drive or Dropbox and share the folder with or send a link to: aparker@reginadowntown.ca
Telephone: 306-359-7002

 PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH APPLICATION MATERIALS IN EMAILS.

Timeline:

January 11, 2019: The call for artist submissions goes out.

February 15, 2019:  Deadline for submissions to the adjudication committee.  

March 15, 2019: Adjudication by advisory committee.

March 29, 2019:  The decisions of the adjudicating committee will be announced.    

May 9, 2019:  Finished design must be available for digital transfer to wrap material.  The artist will work collaboratively with the project coordinator.

May 23, 2019:  Installation of wraps begins.

June 2019: Reception/launch party for phase three of the Mural Art Program during the RDBID annual Member Reception in early June.

Please direct any questions to Amber Parker, and use the email address below to share your Dropbox folder link:

E-mail: aparker@reginadowntown.ca
Telephone: 306-359-7002

 

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