Call for Líl̓wat Artists

Request for Proposals for the Líl̓wat Nation Youth Centre Intergenerational Storytelling Mural Project

The Project

The Líl̓wat Nation Youth Centre is seeking an artist to create artwork for our walls with participation from the Youth and Elders. This opportunity is open to any artist – professional or not – from the Líl̓wat Nation, with a priority for a youth artist. The art will be a mural painted directly on the walls of the Youth Centre. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 27th, 4:30 pm.

The Award

A maximum of $11,000.00 will be awarded for the artist to realize their work. Artists should consider that this is a competitive process.

Project Intent

The Youth Centre opened in December 2018. Our goal is to fill the new Youth Centre with local mural art, promoting the culture, heritage, environment, community, language and ancestors of the Nation. Our goal is to fill the walls of the Youth Centre, with this art. This art work should:

·        Enhance the aesthetics of the Youth Centre in a way that is welcoming and tells some sort of story of the people/land.

·        Be an original art piece appropriate for a learning centre, and that can be adequately and safely displayed on the walls.

·        Consider the room dimensions and appropriate scale of art for the walls (art that is too big or too small will likely not get selected). Artists must visit the Youth Centre to view the rooms before submitting their application.

·        Consider the room colours, and/or the ambiance of the Youth Centre.

·        Provide pride, inclusivity and inspiration to the community and all who visit the Youth Centre.

·        Celebrate the Líl̓wat Nation’s identity and rich culture, environment, language, and heritage.

·        Reflect community values, particularly Nt̓ákmen. Nt̓ákmen refers to the traditional values that inform all aspects of a person’s life, from how they live on the land to using the Líl̓wat Ucwalmícwts.

About the Youth Centre

The Youth Centre is now located along Black Bear Road. The Youth Centre houses approximately 20 youth per night. At the Youth Centre, the youth have a safe space to gather, socialize and share a meal.


The competition is open to any artist who is a member of the Líl̓wat Nation, with a priority for a youth artist. Artists must have previous work to show the selection committee and must present it in a portfolio (e.g. electronic images, a printed portfolio, or actual physical art work). The artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one of the factors in the selection process.

The commissioned artist will work with the elders, youth and staff of the Youth Centre to create art that fits the needs of the space and community. The commissioned artist will sit in a sharing circle with the youth and elders, where the elders will share their stories about Líl̓wat Nation. After this sharing circle, the artist will work with the youth to create concept art which will guide the artist and youth while they paint the mural together.

How to Apply

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following. Please ensure you don’t miss any steps so that your application will be considered:

1.      Proposed artwork concept for the Youth Centre. This proposal should include conceptual design drawings or sketches, sufficient to communicate the artist concept. It should include a budget and describe the specifications for the artwork related to materials, size, weight, installation requirements and maintenance guidelines.

2.      Letter of Interest, no more than one page in length, which explains your interest in the competition. Please include your name and contact information and state the format of your sample submittal (CD or DVD, book, actual artwork).

3.      Artist’s Statement, no more than 200 words in length, describing your work.

4.      A list of at least two references familiar with your work and working methods. The list must include complete addresses and telephone numbers.

Work samples on CD, DVD, book of your artwork, or your actual artwork.

Materials must be received by the Youth Centre by 4:30pm on Friday, September 27th.

Applications can be dropped off in person, or mailed to:

Attention: Casey Gabriel
The Youth Centre
11099 Black Bear Road
Mount Currie, BC, V0N 2K0

Final Artist Selection

A committee will be established to review all the submissions and to choose the winning artists. The applicants will be contacted no later than October 4th, 2019. The art should be completed no later than January 31, 2020.

Selection Criteria

·        An initial proposal that is complete and includes all 5 items listed under “how to apply”.

·        Proposed work that is aesthetically pleasing and complements the room in colour, size, and design.

·        Work that is tied to one or more aspects of Líl̓wat Nation people or environment.

·        Previous art work that demonstrates high quality work with attention to detail and incorporation of cultural elements.

·        Proposal that provides a reasonable budget for the project.

·        Positive reference checks.

If you have any questions, please contact Casey Gabriel at or 604-966-1252.