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(Frequently Asked Questions)

What is your Artist selection process?

Artists will be selected by a 5 member arm’s length jury who represent a cross section of interests in the community (business, arts, tourism et al). Their primary considerations are artistic merit of portfolio, large scale work experience and design skills/composition. Selections will be based off of previous work and portfolios.

Do you hire emerging muralists?

We do not have the capacity for on site training to support emerging muralists, so only muralists with previous mural or large scale experience will be considered for the festival.

Are your Artists local or international?

We will be selecting up to 8 professional artists who are a mix of local/regional/national/international. That being said, we will be abiding by all travel restrictions as put forward by the Province of British Columbia around COVID-19. This changes frequently, and we have hope that our boarders will be open to international travellers when the painting is set to start.

Are your Artists paid? How much?

All artists are paid fairly for their participation in the festival. All supplies and equipment are provided by the festival. Once a muralist is selected for the festival, the artist will be paid to complete a detailed drawing/design. Each artist will be compensated based on the size and scope of their mural. We budget between $2500-$3500 CAD per mural for artist fees, this will vary project to project. Payment will be received upon the successful and timely completion of the mural.

Do you provide supplies?

NIMF provides all supplies and most gear related to mural creation. Because we are in a very rural community supplies take some time to bring in. We have several fantastic suppliers in our community, but paint orders must be received a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of artists’ arrival. Artists are welcome to purchase their own supplies and have them shipped to Nelson. This would be reimbursed by the festival.

Are the walls public or private?

Both private and public walls are included in the festival.

How do artists work with private building owners?

In the case of privately-owned walls, the building owners are given the opportunity during the application process to indicate the artistic styles they are enthusiastic about. Matches are made between artists and walls based off those suggestions. Building owners will have one opportunity to consult with the artist for a draft alteration. If a consensus cannot be reached, the artist will still be paid their design fee.

In rare cases building owners are specific about the content that they would like to see on their walls. In those situations a commission fee is negotiated between the artist and building owner, as named by the artist.

Do you help with travel?

The Nelson International Mural Festival is unable to provide assistance with travel for the majority of our artists; however, we make every effort to assist with billeting arrangements for visiting artists. If selected, do not book your travel until your design has been approved and your painting dates have been confirmed by NIMF staff.

When will I hear from you?

Successful applicants will be contacted before June 30th, 2021. Due to capacity limitations, we are only able to contact successful applicants. 

When would I need to be in Nelson?

Artists must be available to attend the festival opening on Friday, August 13th, 2021, as well as the artist panel on Sunday, August 15th, 2021. There will also be opportunities to host all ages workshops for additional fees. The painting will take place between June 15th-August 13th. Selected artists will be scheduled to paint based off of their availability and proximity to Nelson

How do you select your private walls?

Walls are selected with the following considerations: accessibility for artists, size, composition, exposure, and funding availability (however funding is not necessarily a barrier).

What if I am painting my own mural in Nelson? Can I be involved?

Anyone who creates a mural that abides by the City of Nelson’s Mural Policy is invited to participate in the festival and will be included in the festival brochure.

I got selected! What Happens Now?

Selected artists will be sent a contract for perusal. Once signed, the artists will be given two weeks to provide a rough sketch, a proposed colour scheme, a bio, and a headshot. Upon receiving these items, a 10% design fee will be paid. Artists will then coordinate their painting schedule and paint/supply order with the festival coordinator. It is imperative that artists stick to the painting schedules that are agreed upon, as the festival is located in a small community with limited resources that need to be booked well in advance.

Please note:

No gratuitous violence, racism, or hateful content is permitted and the mural shall not include any business signage or logos, advertising, political or religious messages.

All Worksafe BC regulations will be enforced, including artists having elevated platforms and fall arrest training as well as a current respirator fit test for any artists using spray paint. Artists must be clean shaven in order to be fit tested. NDAC will provide training and fit testing if needed.

NIMF is funded through municipal, provincial and federal agencies, and as such we are obligated to abide by all Provincial Health Orders as mandated by the Province of BC. For all regulations click here.

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