St Catharines Downtown Association looking for photographer, mural artist

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Published December 22, 2022 at 12:31 pm

The St. Catharines Downtown Association is looking for a few good people – especially those handy with a camera or a paint-brush.

The non-profit association, made up of business property owners and their tenants, is looking for both a photographer to take a number of downtown pictures, as well as an artist to create a mural.

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The photographer will be enlisted to photograph downtown business and the association says it’s looking for the following shots:

  • Outside view of store
  • Inside view (may need several depending on location)
  • Some that can identify the location and some that are generic
  • Shot of business owners
    Depending upon the quality of the work received more projects may be offered.
    How to submit: Please submit your quote for this work (preferably an hourly rate) along

Interested photographers can submit samples of their work to: [email protected]

Rachel Braithwaite, executive director of the St. Catharines Downtown Association, told Insauga.com that they’re also on the hunt for a mural artist, though since the location has yet to be determined, they need a portable one.

In essence, Braithwaite said that there’s a small handful of business that have been boarded up, due to the pandemic, and what the association wants is a portable mural that might go to a business location presently fronted with plywood.

The idea is simply to take an unappealing business facade and make it more attractive with art.

The SCDA is seeking submissions for mural projects at a St. Paul location in the downtown core. Artists are asked to propose work that explores the idea of one (or more) of the following: “St. Catharines as the Garden City,” “Water and the history of the movement of goods via water in downtown” or “The history of the Underground Railroad.”

The association says the size of installation will be eight feet wide by six feet high.

Mural applicants must submit a budget (to include the cost of materials and installation) short artist statement describing how their work addresses one or more of the suggested themes (maximum 75 words), a short biography of the artist or artists (25 words), and jpeg images of art work that illustrates the concept for the murals and/or jpeg images of past work, particularly any mural work that has been completed.

Individual images are to be in colour, no larger than 2MB, and sent via email to [email protected] There is no cost to submit. Please include “SCDA mural” in the subject line of the email.

“We will be looking to do rolling submissions but hoping to have the first installation completed by the end of the year,” said Braithwaite.

“Artists are advised to make their work in panels that are prepared offsite and installed completed. Artists are also advised to top coat their work with Block-Lok with Graffiti Control and Water Repellent for Porous Wall Surfaces.”

For enquiries please contact: [email protected] or 289-228-0761

 

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