call for artists

Tourism Prince Rupert announces a call for artist applications to help develop new wayfinding signage throughout Prince Rupert

[POSTING IS NOW CLOSED – Stay Tuned for Updates in Early 2022]

Submissions must be received no later than 12 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Friday, December 10th, 2021

Tourism Prince Rupert has secured funding through the Province of BC’s Community Economic Recovery Incentive Program (CERIP) to install new wayfinding signage throughout the downtown and main tourism areas. Selected artists will develop original artwork to be included on all new signage developed during this project.

This destination development project aims to help both locals and visitors more easily locate key retail, dining, hospitality, and outdoor adventure business and attractions in the downtown core, an issue long identified by key tourism stakeholders and visitors alike, by installing colourful new wayfinding signage featuring designs from local artists. The new wayfinding signage will align with the new Prince Rupert 2030 Vision, released in late 2019 by Redesign Rupert. Throughout the 2030 visioning process, Prince Rupert was divided into key districts: The Midtown District, Downtown District (including the Historic Upper Town & Lower Cow Bay areas), and a newly proposed development titled the Marina District. The wayfinding signage developed through this project will be allocated amongst these four districts, with each district’s signage displaying a different local artist’s work, creating a distinct identity and sense of place for each district.

This new wayfinding signage will help visitors find key attractions throughout Prince Rupert, providing detailed information and map illustrations noting distances and other important information. In the course of this project, we also aim to introduce more public art into Prince Rupert’s key areas, including the work of local Indigenous artists. The artwork produced for this project will be inspired by the beautiful natural landscape and wilderness surrounding Prince Rupert.

Four artists will be selected from the submissions received, with two places reserved for local Indigenous artists.


  • All 18+ artists local to the Prince Rupert area are encouraged to submit.

Artist Compensation

  •  Selected artists will be compensated at a rate of $5,000 CAD for their original artwork developed in the course of this project.

Artists Responsibilities:

  • Selected artists will develop one piece of original artwork each to be included on wayfinding signage in one individual “district” in Prince Rupert. The selected artists will not be designing the signage itself; rather, they will only be providing the artwork to Tourism Prince Rupert and a contracted graphic design agency, who will design the signs.
  • Artists must be able to accommodate 2-3 rounds of feedback from Tourism Prince Rupert. 
  • Works submitted must respond to the brief and colour palette, to be provided by Tourism Prince Rupert after artist selection. 
  • Artwork must be provided digitally, in vector, high-resolution jpg, or Illustrator format (Exceptions can be made for hand-drawn artwork, depending on circumstance. Please note in your application if you will need assistance converting your art to a digital format).
  • It is understood that the final project may change during production. The final product will not be expected to reflect exactly what the initial proposal details, but the general dimensions, materials, and content must be described and adhered to.
  • Artists must submit initial artwork for feedback by March 8th, 2022, with all final works to be completed and delivered to Tourism Prince Rupert by May 16th, 2022.

To Apply:

All applicants must submit an application via the online form below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please take care to ensure all requested materials are included upon submission. Please include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Link to portfolio, including at least six work samples to be considered (please package portfolio in a Dropbox, Drive, or similar accessible online folder for which a link can be shared)
  • CV or resume

Artist Application Form

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