THE BRITISH COLUMBIA
Call for Artists-
Paid Commission Proposals Sought for
BCD Centennial Mural Project
This Call to Artists is open to all artists of the North, Central and
South Okanagan for proposals for a Paid Commission mural project depicting
the first century of service of the British Columbia Dragoons Regiment.
There has been an organized military presence
in the Okanagan Valley since 1908, when 'B" Independent Squadron,
Canadian Mounted Rifles was established in Vernon. This lead to the
creation of the British Columbia Horse Regiment in 1911, and the 2 Canadian
Mounted Rifles, the ancestral unit of the British Columbia Dragoons(BCD).
The BCD and their ancestral Mounted Horse units in the Okanagan have
continuously served our communities both in Canada and overseas. From
the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars and Afghanistan,
to United Nations Peacekeeping; from serving on North Atlantic Treaty
Organization duties during the Cold War in Northern Europe, to fighting
the 2003 Forest Fire threat to the Okanagan, the Dragoons have been
in the front lines meeting their motto of "Always First".
2011 will mark the Centennial anniversary of the Dragoon’s service.
As a lasting reminder of the soldiers who served in the Regiment, a
mural will be added to the side of the Okanagan Military Museum (OMM)
located in the Memorial Arena building in Kelowna, celebrating the story
of one hundred proud years of the BCD. The BCD Whizzbang Association
is made up of former members of the regiment and their partners, as
well as other friends and supporters of the Regimental family. The Whizzbangs
are pleased to be the principal sponsor the Mural project, along with
support from the Okanagan Military Museum Society and Kelowna Museums
and the City of Kelowna.
This Call for Artists is for the creation
of a 16 ft x 15 ft mural, featuring a detailed visual representation
of the first 100 years of the BCD, including but not limited to, the
a. 100 years of BCD history, including
images of BCD’s and equipment from various eras
c. Depiction of the Regimental Victoria Cross or its recipient;
d. Okanagan Mountain Park Fire of 2003,
e. BCD and predecessor Unit badges, ceremonial motifs and regalia,
f. Noteable BCD members;
g. Locales of the Regiment’s presence in the Okanagan,
h. Battles/Battle Honours; and
i. Members of the Regiments Whizzbang Association and/or former serving
Each proposal must meet the following
a. Product must be supplied on either canvas,
plywood board or other appropriate support material which will be mounted
to the wall, not on the cement wall itself.
b. Must provide a firm estimate as to the final cost,
c. Must provide a general concept image, 10"x9" full colour
scaled drawing representative of the final product,
d. Must provide a written description of the work, including a few short
paragraphs describing the process and rationale.
e. Must provide firm a start date and schedule of work,
f. Must acknowledgment of commitment to the final delivery date of April
g. Must provide a biography and curriculum vitae of the artist(s), with
a high resolution portrait image,
h. Must provide photos and descriptions (with location) of at least
2 previous murals, and
j. Must provide a description of the physical characteristics and durability
of the finished product, and its expected longevity,
k. Must maintain historical accuracy in any image created subject to
the approval of the OMM.
l. Must guarantees of work and materials.
m. The manner of portrayal and composition of images depicting veterans
and former members of the Regiment is subject to the approval of the
BCD Whizzbang Association.
Note: AS THIS IS A PAID COMMISSION
PROJECT - ARTISTS MUST INCLUDE A COST ESTIMATE IN THEIR PROPOSALS
The painting below is provided
as an example of the visual content described above -
|British Columbia Dragoons - Century of Service by Paul
The site for the mural may be viewed at
1424 Ellis Street (Memorial
Arena bldg) at the corner of Ellis and Doyle. It is the south wall
facing the Okanagan Heritage Museum.
The deadline for submission of proposals
is the close of business on August 31st 2010.
Proposals must be delivered to:
“Centennial Mural Project”
Okanagan Military Museum
P.O. Box 24079, RPO Towne Centre
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2
The jury will rate the submissions based
on creativity, composition, colour, and the proposal requirements. Artists
will be notified of the jury results on Sep 18, 2010 during the Regimental
Mess Dinner that evening. By participating in this process, artists
agree to release all copyrights and reproduction rights to the final
image to the Okanagan Military Museum and the Kelowna Museum
The chosen mural design will
receive an honorarium of $500, with the other two shortlisted applicants
receiving $250. In addition to this honorarium for being shortlisted,
the selected final artist(s) will receive a paid commission from the
BC Dragoons to create their mural design in celebration of the hundred
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.