Call for Artists: Hastings Urban Tree Nursery
Strathcona Business Improvement Association
Our concrete planters need a refresh!
Who we are
The Strathcona BIA is a non-for-profit that represents over 720 business and commercial property owners in the Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver. The aim of the SBIA is to build a co-operative, safe, and vibrant Strathcona through innovative programming and community collaboration.
About the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery Program
Four years ago we helped launch the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery (HUTN), a joint project with Hastings Crossing BIA to bring some greenery and beauty to East Hastings. We installed a series of concrete planters housing young trees, that have grown under the care of local businesses and organizations. Additional HUTN stewardship is provided by local social enterprise, Mission Possible Maintenance. Local artists were commissioned to paint unique murals on the planters.
What we are looking for
We've loved our first round of HUTN murals from 2014, but 10 of our planters are in need of a refresh. We're inviting proposals from artists to re-paint our planters with marvellous new murals.

We would love to see works that engage with local community, heritage, culture, and natural elements. The works should enliven and enrich the Hastings corridor, while reflecting the values of the local community and the Strathcona BIA.

Examples of previous selected work
The Details
Issue Date: Aug 7th, 2018
Submission deadline: August 27th, 2018 by 5pm

Eligibility Requirements:
Open to artists that reside in the Vancouver area. Indigenous artists and artists with ties to Strathcona are encouraged to apply. Artists who have previously completed works for this project are welcome to apply again. Artists must be able to complete the work before October 2018.

Planters and Associated Budgets:
The area to be painted on each planter is approximately 113" by 36" (w X h)

Five artists will be chosen and each artist will be commissioned to paint the planters on one city block. Each selected artist will receive a base stipend of $400, plus an additional $200 for each planter painted. The blocks and program participants are as follows:

300 E Hastings Block, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users - 2 planters ($800 allocated)
400 E Hastings Block, Vancouver Native Health Society - 1 planter ($600 allocated)
500 E Hastings Block, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House - 2 planters ($800 allocated)
600 E Hastings Block, Mission Possible - 2 Planters ($800 allocated)
700 E Hastings Block, Mikado Martial Arts, Pure Design Inc, Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects - 3 planters ( $1000 allocated)

The SBIA will provide paint materials up to a maximum of $150 per planter. After painting, planters will be coated with a clear product to protect against graffiti damage.

The SBIA will work with the City of Vancouver to obtain any necessary permissions for selected mural proposals.

A selection committee will liaise with participating businesses and organizations to make the final selections by the beginning of September.

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