Calling all Whistler writers and artists!
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is inviting submissions to two of its public art programs: the annual Poet’s Pause poetry competition and the street banner art program.
"The Resort Municipality of Whistler is a proud champion of the art community, and supports emerging and established artists in a variety of mediums through our public art program,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “Public art creates a rich resort experience and inspires creative conversations and thought. Both the Poet’s Pause poetry competition and the street banner art program have a long history in Whistler and have helped showcase the work of local writers and artists.”
Poet’s Pause poetry competition
Each year, the RMOW invites writers to submit original, unpublished poems for the Poet’s Pause poetry competition.
Winning poems will be displayed at the Poet’s Pause sculpture sites in Alta Lake Park – specifically the large metal chimes art pieces titled Lost in Sound at the north part of the park, and the giant Adirondack chairs titled Lakeside Couple in the south end of the park.
The winning poems will receive a prize of $200 each and be read at a council meeting in April as part of National Poetry Month.
Poet’s Pause is part of a public art concept created by the late Joan Baron, an artist who developed the two Alta Lake Park sculpture sites with the intention of inspiring creativity.
The public can submit poems for one or both display sites. Poems should respond to the themes of the two sculpture sites: the theme for the large metal chimes is listening, and the theme for the giant Adirondack chairs is togetherness. Poems can be of any type and format and should be no longer than 240 words.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 11, 2019 at 3 p.m.
To submit a poem, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details are available at whistler.ca/poetrycompetition
Street banner art competition
The RMOW is also inviting submission from artists for its street banner art program.
The winner will have their work featured on light posts in Whistler Village for the spring/summer seasons in 2019 and 2020.
The selected artist will be responsible for developing a theme, creating four designs that illustrate the theme, and implementing the designs through consultation with a banner production company. This competition may be of particular interest to artists working in painting, drawing, printing, photography, design competition and graphic design. The selected artist is paid for their designs.
The street banner art program has been in place for almost thirty years. Each series is displayed for two seasons and then sold to the public. Revenue from the banner sales contributes to future public art projects.
The deadline for submissions for the spring/summer competition is Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2 p.m.
For full details, submission guidelines and to view the Request for Proposal (RFP), visit whistler.ca/banners