Town of Canmore

Art Calls

Banner Project - call for artists and designers 

Open to residents of Canmore and Morley

The submission deadline for this project has passed.

Deadline for Submissions: No later than 4 p.m. on Monday, April 19

Professional visual artists and designers residing in Canmore and Morley are invited to submit concept designs for consideration to the 2021 Banner Project. This competition is held in accordance with the Town of Canmore   pdf Public Art Policy (169 KB) .  The Canmore Public Art Committee seeks to include, and encourages participation from senior and mid-career artists, as well as from Multi-Cultural and Indigenous artists that reside in Canmore and Morley.   A goal of the Banner Project is to provide an entry point for artists who have had little opportunity to participate in public art projects.

The banners are to be displayed year round on:

Location 1: 32 lampposts at the intersection of Bow Valley Trail and Railway Avenue; and,

Location 2: 100 lampposts in downtown Canmore.

The town’s banner themes are:

Location 1: Multi modal transportation; and

Location 2: Who are we? A community of diverse interests and passions.

Banners in community entry points and districts provide a strong sense of arrival. They should be memorable and marketable, creating a strong visual connection to the area. They can activate a public space in a way that attracts visitors and inspires residents. Banners can revitalize by adding colour and vitality to the streetscape and enliven the mobility experience for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

More details are listed below under "Artwork Opportunity Description"

Project Budget $1500 CAD (plus GST) for each of the two designs. Up to two artists may be selected for this project

Important Dates: 

Information Session

Tuesday, March 23
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Via Zoom
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Deadline for Submissions

Monday, April 19 at 4 p.m.

Juried Selected Artwork for Banner Design(s) Due Wednesday, April 28
Public Engagement for Design Selection Monday, May 3 - Monday, May 17
Final Selection(s) Thursday, May 20
Installation June 23 - 25

Artwork Opportunity Description

The TIP 20 construction project on Bow Valley Trail and Railway Avenue has offered an opportunity to install 32 project-themed banners on lampposts. The multi-modal intersection design is one the first in North America and invites walkers, riders, drivers and transit uses safe access and an improved visual gateway into Canmore. The theme for the banners in this area is “multi modal transportation”.

The downtown banners have reached the end of their lifespan and are in need of replacement offering the second opportunity for artists and designers. The theme for the downtown banners is “who are we?”

The banners will be digitally printed on high tenacity nylon. The selected image(s) will be printed on both sides of the banner. The design should avoid small complicated details that are not visible from a distance.

The Locations:

For this project two distinct banner locations have been selected.

  1. Downtown banners on Main Street and 10 Street between 6 and 8 Avenues, as well 6 and 7 Avenue between 6 Street and 10 Street.
  2. Bow Valley Trail at Railway Avenue 

Artwork Design Parameters

All submissions must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • The artwork must be an original piece; however, previous works may be adapted in a new and unique way
  • Submissions must be original artwork  
  • The design may be representational or abstract, but it must comply with the competition objectives and themes and be reflective of Canmore.
  • One design will be selected for each of the two locations - each design can be submitted with several different colour variations.
  • Up to two artists may be selected for this project, or the same artist/designer can be selected in both theme categories
  • The creativity, quality and style demonstrated in preliminary design concepts should translate into the development of high quality final banner designs.
  • All designs must be two-dimensional and may not involve the attachment of any object to the banner
  • Artwork must be of scale and proportions appropriate to the banner. 
  • Designs must not contain any text. 
  • Designs must not contain any representations of traffic lights, signs, or signals; nor should it contain advertisements for any business, product, or viewpoint. In addition, designs may not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, images of illegal activity.
Design Sizing Specifications
Project Conditions

Commission: The total artist fee budget for the commission is $1500 CAD (+GST) for each banner design. 

Original Work: The artist(s) must guarantee that the artwork is original and does not violate the copyright of any other person; however, previous works created by the applicant may be adapted in a new and unique way.

Contract: The artist(s) will enter into a contract with the Town of Canmore.

Copyright: The artist(s) must be prepared to assign License to Copyright for the exhibition of the artwork to The Town of Canmore. Reproduction rights may be negotiated. The artist may retain the right to be identified as the creator of the artwork. 

Application Process

Selection Process

The commissioned artwork will be chosen through a single-stage artwork selection process.

The Selection Committee will consider the following:

  • Quality and visual impact of the artwork
  • Confidence that creativity, quality and style demonstrated in the preliminary design concepts will translate into the development of high quality, final banner designs
  • Compliance with the competition requirements, objectives and themes
  • That the design captures the essence of the diverse passions of the Canmore community
  • Appropriateness of the design

The Selection Committee will choose up to three designs in each theme category and the Canmore community will make the final selection through an on-line voting process.

The Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be composed of artists, community representatives, business representatives and Town of Canmore staff. The Selection Committee is under no obligation to choose any finalists. All decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

Communication with the Selection Committee

The Town of Canmore Arts & Events Department will be responsible for all communication, either verbally or written, between artists making submissions and members of the Selection Committee. Any communication between applicants and Selection Committee members regarding submissions or the competition may result in disqualification. 

Submission Requirements
All submissions must be made electronically, including the following documents:

LETTER OF INTENT - One (1) page maximum

ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO - One (1) page maximum

VISUAL DOCUMENTATION - A maximum of three (3) designs that best fit the Artwork Design Parameters.

**IMPORTANT** Please do not include any personal identifiers on your visual documentation

Deadline for Submissions
Complete submissions must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, April 19. 

The total commission for the artwork for each selected design is $1500 CAD (+ GST), and must cover all costs including, but not limited to, artist fees, materials, and final vector files. 
Loss or Damage

While every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage, the Selection Committee, the Town of Canmore and their agents shall not be liable for any loss or damage, however caused.

Please direct all questions to Chris Bartolomie, supervisor of Arts and Events

P: 403-678-8938
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