The City of Victoria’s Banner program showcases the talents of local artists and reflects the vibrancy and creativity of our city.
Call to Artists and Designers: Design Victoria's Winter Banner
Artists and designers in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands, were invited to submit proposals to design a winter banner to be displayed on 100 downtown lampposts from November to February over the next five years.
The City’s winter banner theme is “Natural Winter in the Pacific Northwest”. A design can use a maximum of three colours plus white and should augment a warm white and green palette.
The banners will be digitally printed onto high tenacity nylon and will be visible from both sides. The designs should use colours and images that take advantage of light passing through the fabric, and avoid small, complicated details that are not visible from a distance.
Submissions will be juried by a selection committee comprised of artists, design professionals, community members, and a representative of the City’s Art in Public Places Committee.
Deadline to Apply
Submission Deadline: Closed on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Proposals were submitted online. The selected artist/designer will be notified in late September. The banner artwork must be completed by mid-October.
Artists and designers are to submit concept drawings of the banner design suitable for display in pairs. The banners are 95" high with a top width of 30" tapering to 16" at the bottom. Most banners will be installed in pairs on lamp poles. The fabric will be a minimum 200 denier, high tenacity nylon.
The design should use a maximum of three colours (plus white, integrating a warm white and green winter theme. No metallic or other specialized finishes are possible. Gradients of these colours could be used if the artist feels this will contribute to the design.
The final designs will be digitally printed. Designs should be appropriate for typically long-viewing distances and short-viewing duration. Originality and creativity are paramount and the City advises artists/designers to not use cliché images typically associated with Victoria.
The winter banners will be integrated into the City's seasonal program, with the theme of "Natural Winter in the Pacific Northwest." The winner may also include a signature on the final banner design.
The competition was open to visual artists and graphic designers who are residents of the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands.
An artist's/designer's proposal will be evaluated by the Selection Panel through a one-stage jury process. The Selection Committee will include artists, design professionals, community members and a representative of the Art in Public Places Committee. The Selection Committee will be facilitated by City staff but the final decision will be that of the Selection Committee.
Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Compliance with the competition requirements, objectives and theme.
- Professionalism in presentation of materials.
- Confidence that creativity, quality and style demonstrated in portfolio materials and preliminary design concepts will translate into the development of high-quality final banner designs.
The City of Victoria reserves the right to select any or none of the Expressions of Interest submitted.
The successful artist or graphic designer will receive a fee of $500.
How to Apply
For detailed submission requirements and further background information, please read the Call to Artists below:
- Winter Banners - Call to Artists [PDF - 175 KB]
- Winter Banners - Contact and Checklist Form [PDF - 27 KB]
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2019/2020 Summer Banners
Local Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas was chosen to create designs for the downtown summer banners for 2019 and 2020. Thomas is a member of the Lyackson First Nation of Valdes Island, although he has heritage from the Songhees, Squamish, Snuneymuxw and Sto:lo Nations.
Thomas' early exposure to First Nations art print ignited a lifelong passion for Indigenous art and eventually led him to aspire to a career as a Coast Salish artist. Thomas received artistic training from the late Delmer Johnnie and Rande Cook. His work has been influenced by other traditional forms, such as Buddhist mandalas, Celtic knots and Islamic tessellations.
Thomas' designs are original works created for the Summer Banner program, to be displayed from May - October in 2019 and 2020. The banner designs depict symbols of some of the lesser-known aspects of the Lekwungen territory's history and mythology.
Born on the Shores
This banner depicts Thomas’ great grandmother, who was one of the last Lekwungen People born in the Old Songhees Village (currently Songhees Point), less than a year before the reserve was transferred to its current location. The top face is the mother and the bottom face is the infant, representing the two villages where his great grandmother lived.
Before it was called Fort Victoria, this land was briefly known as Fort Camossung, named after a girl in a Lekwungen legend who was turned into the boulder that sat in the waters at Tillicum Narrows. The boulder created a rare, tide-dependant, two-directional waterfall until it was blown up with dynamite in 1960. The banner’s artwork depicts Camossung with blue water rushing around her.
Building the Bastion
Using the salmon and Salish figure as Lekwungen symbols and the loon as a symbol for Canada, this banner represents the historical collaboration between the Lekwungen People and the Hudson’s Bay Company representatives who worked together to build Fort Victoria.
Reef-net fishing was exclusively used by Salish communities and involved the skillful maneuvering of canoes to capture salmon on their way to spawning grounds. This banner honours the skill by depicting two salmon above a human figure, symbolizing the Lekwungen People’s respect for the sacred salmon cycle.
Call to Artists and Selection Criteria
The City of Victoria held a Call to Artists for the summer banner designs in early spring. The Call was open to visual artists and graphic designers who were residents of the Capital Regional District. Submissions were evaluated through a one-stage jury process and the Selection Committee included artists design professionals, community members and a representative of the Art in Public Places Committee. Evaluations were based on the following criteria:
- Compliance with the competition requirements and objectives
- Professionalism in presentation of materials
- Confidence that creativity, quality and style demonstrated in portfolio materials and preliminary design concepts would translate into the development of high-quality final banner designs
The fee for the selected artist's banner design was $1,500.
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