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NIMF Artist FAQs

Artists will be selected by a five-member, arm’s-length jury who represent a cross section of interests in the community (business, arts, tourism etc.,) Their primary considerations are artistic merit of portfolio, large-scale work experience, and design skills and composition.

We will be selecting up to eight professional artists including local, regional, national, and international talent.

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.

Applications open annually in November. The deadline will be announced when applications open.

Successful applicants will be contacted before June 30th, 2024. Due to capacity limitations, we are only able to contact successful applicants.

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 or design. Each artist will be compensated based on the size and scope of their mural. We budget between $3000 and $4000 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.

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 two 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.

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 lodging 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.

Artists are encouraged to attend the festival opening on Friday, August 9th, 2024, as well as the artist panel on Sunday, August 11th, 2024. There will also be potential opportunities to host all-ages workshops—these additional opportunities will be compensated for appropriately.

The painting will take place between June 15th and August 11th, 2024. Selected artists will be scheduled to paint based on their availability and proximity to Nelson.

Both private and public walls are included in the festival. Walls are selected with the following considerations: accessibility for artists, size, composition, exposure, and funding availability (however funding is not necessarily a barrier).

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 on these considerations. 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.

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 percent design fee will be paid.

Artists will then coordinate their painting schedule and their ordering of paints and supplies 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.

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.

No gratuitous violence, racism, indecent, harmful, 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.

Artists will be selected by a five-member, arm’s-length jury who represent a cross section of interests in the community (business, arts, tourism etc.,) Their primary considerations are artistic merit of portfolio, large-scale work experience, and design skills and composition.

We will be selecting up to eight professional artists including local, regional, national, and international talent.

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.

Applications open annually in November. The deadline will be announced when applications open.

Successful applicants will be contacted before June 30th, 2024. Due to capacity limitations, we are only able to contact successful applicants.

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 or design. Each artist will be compensated based on the size and scope of their mural. We budget between $3000 and $4000 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.

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 two 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.

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 lodging 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.

Artists are encouraged to attend the festival opening on Friday, August 9th, 2024, as well as the artist panel on Sunday, August 11th, 2024. There will also be potential opportunities to host all-ages workshops—these additional opportunities will be compensated for appropriately.

The painting will take place between June 15th and August 11th, 2024. Selected artists will be scheduled to paint based on their availability and proximity to Nelson.

Both private and public walls are included in the festival. Walls are selected with the following considerations: accessibility for artists, size, composition, exposure, and funding availability (however funding is not necessarily a barrier).

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 on these considerations. 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.

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 percent design fee will be paid.

Artists will then coordinate their painting schedule and their ordering of paints and supplies 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.

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.

No gratuitous violence, racism, indecent, harmful, 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.