Artist Call for Street Banners Project

Artist Call for Street Banners Project

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Deadline: March 21, 2022 at 5PM

District of Squamish

  • The District of Squamish is an amalgamation of several of smaller communities located within the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory.
  • Our name, Squamish, is an English adaptation of Skwxwu7mesh, meaning “Mother of the Wind” and “people of the sacred water”.
  • The current Brand Position Statement for Squamish is:
    • To youthful, intelligent, and active people who highly value outdoor activity and their connection with their natural surroundings, Squamish is the community that has, within 10 minutes, more breathtaking outdoor adventure opportunities than any other community in Canada.
    • More information about the branding program can be found at:

Street Banner Project

The District of Squamish Arts & Culture Department is pleased to announce the Squamish 2022 Street Banner design Competition. Artists in any media are encouraged to submit street banner design proposals. The 27”w x 60”h street banners will be located on the street lights located in Downtown Squamish, Tantalus Road in Garibaldi Estates, and at Brennan Park Recreation Centre.

  1. Designs should be influenced by the uniqueness of Squamish and the surrounding community. There is a thematic character and voice the District would like reflected in these designs.
    • Adventurous, active, youthful
    • Proud, real, and a little rough around the edges
    • Grateful for our natural surroundings
    • Proud and respectful of Squamish Nation heritage
    • Proud of our hard working industry roots and looking forward with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  2. Artists should include a typed half page design rationale, explaining their design      and how it relates to our community in .pdf or .doc format.
  3. The successful artist will have the opportunity to work with the printers to implement their design.  This will allow for quality control on all parts of the reproduction and printing process.
  • Do not use more than 3 main subjects in your banner (eg. bird, cloud, tree, or mountains, trees, moon). Anything more will be difficult to “read” when hoisted on the lamp posts 20 feet overhead.
  • Keep subject matter large and simple; remember that the banners will seem much smaller when installed on lamp posts. Think big and bold!
  • Bright primary colours work best on street banners and last the longest; only use strong yellow if set against darker colours. Complimentary colours such as purples, greens and oranges are the next best options. Large blocked areas of colour can be seen clearly from a distance. If the banner is completely coloured, it is advisable to have white areas which break up the colours and help define the design.
  • Some colours do not “read” well from a distance, especially several pastels, beige and dark colours together (e.g. brown, dark blue, dark green, purple). Blues and greens of the same tone placed side by side will meld together; to define your design, consider the colour tonal values, and make sure they are varied.
  • The most successful designs are the very simplest shapes with strong colour and barely any text.
  • No text, please.


This opportunity is open to artists who:

  • Reside in Squamish or identify as a member of Squamish Nation
  • Are available to meet the project timeline (see below)
  • Youth, students, and professional & emerging artists are encouraged to apply



  • The winning design will receive a compensation of $2000.00.



Call for artists announced: February 14, 2022
Submission deadline: March 21, 2022 5:00pm
Shortlist identified: March 30, 2019
Winner announced: April 7, 2022


Submission requirements

To apply, prepare the following:

  1. Submission of an image file via email in .jpeg format with dimensions 9”x20” or proportionally to 27”w x 60”h with a minimum image resolution of 72dpi reflecting the colour scope of the submission for the jury. The final design chosen by the jury will be required in higher resolution for printing.
  2. A one page resume in .doc or .pdf format with examples of your work.
  3. A half page rationale of the design as it pertains to the community in .doc or .pdf format.

Submissions should be submitted to the Manager of Arts and Culture at

Your submission will be evaluated based on your submission package.  Submissions will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Squamish Arts Council, a non-profit arts organization that acts as the Public Art Advisor on behalf of the District of Squamish. The successful proposal will:
  • Reflect some or all of the thematic character in the art work as identified in the Design Guidelines;
  • Reflect the community values and aesthetic of the people of the District of Squamish;
  • Demonstrate originality and artistic merit;
  • Be fun and interactive; and
  • Enhance visitors’ experience.
Staff will act as technical advisors to the process as needed.

Interested artists are advised that neither the District nor the Squamish Arts Council are obliged to select any artist or accept any of the artists’ proposals and may reject all proposals.

Each artist is advised, and by the submission of a proposal, agrees that the District will not be responsible for any costs, expenses, losses, damages (including damages for loss of anticipated profit) or liabilities incurred by the artist as a result of or arising out of submitting a proposal, or due to the District’s acceptance or non-acceptance of their proposal, or arising out of any contract award not made in accordance with the expressed or implied terms of the artist call.

Until a written contract in a form satisfactory to the District is executed by both the District and artist, no legal rights or responsibility shall be created between the artist and the District.

The District will make every effort to maintain the confidentiality of each application and the information contained therein except to the extent necessary to communicate information to staff and adjudication members for the purposes of evaluation and analysis.

The District will not release any of this information to the public except as required under the Province of British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other legal disclosure process.


Our Partners

Squamish Arts acknowledges that the land on which we live, work and recreate is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, particularly the territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation. It is our responsibility to honour their ancestry by being an ally to the present.

Community Event Calendar

Terms & Conditions

Event Eligibility: Only events related to public art and cultural activities located in Squamish, BC will be considered for inclusion in the calendar. The event should align with the purpose and focus of Squamish Art’s mission and vision.

Submission Accuracy: The submitter is responsible for providing accurate and up-to-date information about the event, including the event title, date, time, location, description, and any additional relevant details.

Ownership and Permissions: By submitting an event to the calendar, the submitter confirms that they have the necessary rights and permissions to promote the event and its associated content, including any images or multimedia files.

Event Approval: Submission does not guarantee automatic inclusion in the public art calendar. The calendar administrators reserve the right to review and approve each event before it is published. Approved events will be added to the calendar in a timely manner.

Editing and Removal: The calendar administrators reserve the right to edit event details, including the event title, description, date, time, and location, to ensure accuracy and consistency. The administrators also reserve the right to remove an event from the calendar at any time without prior notice.

Pricing Guidelines: Submitters must either be a member or pay a non-refundable fee of $10 for each event submitted. Membership details and fee payment instructions will be provided separately.

Public Accessibility: The public art calendar is available to the general public. By submitting an event, the submitter acknowledges that the event details will be visible to anyone accessing the calendar.

Content Guidelines: Event submissions must adhere to the guidelines of respectful and inclusive language. The calendar administrators reserve the right to reject or modify event submissions that contain offensive, discriminatory, or inappropriate content.

Liability: The calendar administrators are not responsible for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the event details provided by the submitter. The submitter agrees to hold the administrators harmless from any claims or liabilities arising from the inclusion or exclusion of an event in the calendar.

Data Privacy: Personal information collected during the event submission process will be handled in accordance with applicable data protection laws and the privacy policy of the public art calendar.

Modifications to Terms and Conditions: The calendar administrators may update or modify these terms and conditions at any time. It is the responsibility of the submitter to review the terms periodically and ensure compliance.

By submitting an event to the public art calendar, the submitter agrees to comply with these terms and conditions.